NEIL CAVUTO: Morgan Freeman, the actor, has been very critical of Tea Parties,and said that what they’re doing is racist based, and going after and unseating Obama has at its underpinnings racism. I’m paraphrasing here, but what do you make of that argument?
HERMAN CAIN: Well, first of all, I doubt if Morgan Freeman, with all due respect, who is a great actor, has he ever been to a Tea Party? Most of the people that are criticizing the Tea Parties, Neil,about having a racist element, they have never been to a Tea Party.
CAVUTO: But wait a minute, wait a minute. He has played, wait, wait,wait. He has played a President of the United States.
CAIN: Oh. Great, yeah, in a movie. This is real life out here on the campaign trail, man. This is not a movie.
CAVUTO: So, are you offended by that?
CAIN: No, I’m not offended by it. I just, I just think that it is sad that they’re so
short-sighted in really understanding what the whole Tea Party citizen movement is all about. I’m not offended by it, because it doesn’t slow down my momentum. It doesn’t slow down the reaction that I get from people. They know that I bring my message from the heart and the head, and they’re responding to it. So, name calling is something that’s going to continue in this because they don’t know how to stop this movement. And this movement is making a big difference in politics, because a lot of the traditional Democrats are moving to the center or moving over to vote for conservatives. They’re taking another look at a Herman Cain.
What's interesting about the Tea Party is it's anything but a party. It's a movement. Disparate Individuals brought together by their frustration over growing, intrusive government actions - the signature one being Obamacare. By and large the movement is made up of middle class, patriotic, God fearing, working folks who don't like government encroaching on their freedoms.
The left and Hollywood is apoplectic because it threatens to derail their liberal agenda. Suggestions of racism, absent evidence, reveals what I think many liberal elite think about the average American.There's a strain of racism lurking not too far beneath the surface.
Herman Cain makes a good point; Morgan Freeman has probably had zero personal exposure to people involved with the Tea Party.