Palm Beach conservative celebs Limbaugh, Coulter lead pushback on Cain storyby George Bennett | October 31st, 2011
And part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump has weighed in as well, speculating that “perhaps he settled just because he didn’t want to go through the legal fees or he didn’t want to spend a lot of money.”
Cain today adamantly denied sexually harassing anyone, saying he was the target of “false accusations” in the 1990 when he was CEO of the National Restaurant Association. He said he had no knowledge of any settlement stemming from the charges. Politico said two women, whose identities were not revealed, received settlements “in the five-figure range.”
Limbaugh today blasted the “unconscionable, racially stereotypical attack on an independent, self-reliant conservative black” and said the media would not pursue a similar story against President Obama.
“It’s outrageous the way liberals treat a black conservative,” Coulter told Geraldo Rivera on Fox News on Sunday night.
Coulter called Cain the victim of “another high-tech lynching” — the phrase black conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas used during his 1991 confirmation hearings after being accused of harassing behavior by Anita Hill.
Cain told The Washington Examiner in May that he was “ready for the same high-tech lynching that he (Thomas) went through — for the good of this country.”
In an interview today on Fox News and in remarks at the National Press Club, Cain called the accusations against him a “witch hunt” but did not suggest a racial motive.
Cain has shot to the top of Republican presidential polls since his stunning Sept. 24 victory in a Florida straw poll.
“As a result of today’s big news story I really know what it feels like to be No. 1…This bullseye on my back is getting bigger,” Cain said at the National Press Club, where he spoke for about an hour and concluded by singing part of a gospel song.
One of Cain’s key Florida supporters, state Rep. Scott Plakon, R-Longwood, said conservatives will coalesce around a candidate they feel is being unfairly attacked.
“It seems like, if anything, a lot of conservatives are rising to his defense,” said Plakon, noting the statements by Limbaugh and Coulter. “There is a chance that this will give his campaign a kind of a boost.”