September 29th, 2011
10:27 PM ET

Video: Blacks 'brainwashed' against GOP?

Editor's Note: Ari Fleischer and Cornell Belcher respond to Herman Cain's comments that blacks are "brainwashed" to reject conservatism.

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  1. Bridgid Davidson

    I found the debate regarding Herman Cain's brainwashing comment so captivating. Cornell Belcher was passionate, Ari Fleischer was predictable. So refreshing to see a journalists be real, human, passionate and willing to take the risk for his beliefs and not cave to Ari's threat of conforming or you will lose your job.........from a white, Canadian woman who appreciates intelligence in the news and is never dissappointed by Anderson 360.

    October 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  2. KayAZ12

    Perhaps Herman Cain should have used the word "intimidated" instead of "brainwashed". The way black conservatives are treated in this country is overtly racist and never addressed. I like Herman Cain and am seriously considering him. Apparently now anyone who votes for Herman Cain is a racist. The rhetoric has become so distorted that Ari Fleischer's approach of not playing the race card game is wise. We're dropping the ball and not seriously discussing the big issues.

    I'm an Independent who out of curiosity attended TEA Party events and found this group, which is stereotyped as racist, the least racist group I've been associated with. I'm a Democratic Apostate (as of 2004) for this very reason. Ironically, those who damn stereotyping are very adept at employing it against everyone with whom they disagree.

    October 1, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  3. Brian Williams

    Way to play into the stereotype, Cornell. The problem is that liberals concentrate on putting people into groups based on race, sexual orientation, religion...so on. And if you don't act like the caricature of that group they don't know how to deal. Liberals are the biggest raceists out there and that was Herman Cain's point. If you voted FOR Obama because he is black you are just as racist as a person who voted AGAINST him for the same reason. Republicans will NEVER vote for Cain just BECAUSE he is black like Dems do. But they WILL vote for him all day long because his ideas are good and he has vision and leadership.

    September 30, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
  4. Carol

    I think Cornell Belcher's "outrage" at Cain's statement was staged. It was a not-so-subtle attempt to get African Americans to turn on Cain and stick with Obama. I think most people are catching on to these "spin" lines and it's getting irritating.

    September 30, 2011 at 9:06 am |
  5. Roger

    Am I really hearing right, did black republican Herman Cain say that black people are brainwashed into voting democrat? This is an insult to all black democrats in the United States and they need to call him out on it. He is saying in other words that blacks are stupid and can't decide for themselves. The only person I saw that was infuriated by his statements is Cornell Belcher on Cnn last night. Mr Belcher said that if he had said the same thing about Jews being brainwashed, he would be banned from Cnn and there would be a big outcry over it and he is right. And as for Mr Ari Fleischer he would stand there on condone racist statements and say nothing.

    September 30, 2011 at 8:49 am |
  6. GT

    Ari Fleischer is like many American's who pretend that racism doesn't exist. It does exist and Cornell Belcher was right to call him out on his comment.

    September 30, 2011 at 2:06 am |
  7. sid

    with all due respect to cornell (and i'm a flaming liberal), he needs to look up the definition of 'bigot' and 'racism'. as inigo montoya so eloquently phrases it in 'the princess bride'....'you keep using that word. i do not think it means what you think it means.'

    September 30, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  8. Al

    The problem with Mr. Belcher's comment is that Mr. Cain is speaking of his own race and he can do that. If he said that about Jews of course it would seem odd.

    September 29, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  9. Justin


    I would like you to invite Herman Cain on your show and ask him to explain why he made the comments about black people being brainwashed.
    Then challenge him on the reality of how many of the current GOP presidential candidates have taken their campaigns to the inner city neighborhoods. All of the issues that they collectively would take up if they were to be elected are seen in the inner city neighborhoods (unemployment, under employment, no healthcare etc).
    I am a black man living in a fairly well to do middle class neighborhood, every election I get calls, house calls, and even an autographed picture of Bush 43 from republican candidates but never once did I get a call from republicans when i lived in the inner city.
    Democrats typically visit the black neighborhood and they have figured out that if they visit the main churches on a Sunday they can get the ear of blacks. What are republicans so afraid of? Do they all still think that they can win a presidential election without the black vote therefore they don't need to solicit our votes?

    September 29, 2011 at 10:57 pm |
  10. zb

    Cornell Belcher is 100% right!!!!!!!!!!! The only interest the Republican/Tparty has in Caine is they think he will help get Black votes.... the party of hate and exploitation is still at it. Blacks would be insane to vote for any Republican.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:47 pm |
  11. Roger valenzuela

    Ari Fleischer handled Cornell Belcher nicely. I could tell that Cooper was treading very lightly. Everyone is getting sick of the race card. Everything that they don't like is racist. And i'm talking about liberals not African Americans. So if i vote for Cain am i racist? That would be ironic wouldn't it.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm |
  12. John Alexander

    Ari Fleischer is the last person that I would believe about anything. If he was asked about a ship sinking he would say that all in all it was a positive experience. The passengers learned about personal initiative and got to go swimming.

    September 29, 2011 at 10:36 pm |
    • cola

      Very nice (and very true) response! Ari would have been good at making pancakes (IHOP or Denny's) because he sure know how to flip it!

      October 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm |