Herman Cain, the GOP presidential candidate who infamously declared that he would not appoint a Muslim to his cabinet, and announced that Americans should be permitted to ban mosques from their communities, seems to have seen the error of his ways. Following a meeting with Muslim-American leaders, Cain released a statement of apology, saying that he had enjoyed the “heartfelt dialogue,” which took place in one of DC’s largest mosques.
“I remain humble and contrite for any statements I have made that might have caused offense to Muslim Americans and their friends,” Cain said. “I am truly sorry for any comments that may have betrayed any commitment to the U.S. Constitution and the freedom of religion guaranteed by it.”
He added that he’s still opposed to the “interference of shariah law into the American legal system,” but that he nonetheless respected Muslims’ right to worship publicly. That’s a ridiculously basic realization to make, and although Cain’s apology may be contrite, it’s also entirely possible that he was informed that his Islamophobia was derailing his campaign and making him into a laughingstock.
As Tim Murphy points out at Mother Jones, “Cain, despite running on a platform of constitutional conservatism, jumped to bigoted conclusions about American Muslims based on a handful of readily debunked conspiracy theories.” Not exactly qualities you want in a presidential candidate, no matter how sorry he is when he realizes his mistake.
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