"Don't blame Wall Street, don't blame the big banks, if you don't have a job and you're not rich, blame yourself. It is not someone's fault if they succeeded, it is someone's fault if they failed," the ex-Godfather's Pizza CEO declared.
This was Herman Cain's recommendation to the Occupy Wall Street protesters, the vast majority who lost their jobs, houses, medical benefits and God-only-knows-what else. Yes, this is the man who wants to the 45th President of the United States. This is also the guy who claimed blacks are "brainwashed" into supporting the Democrat party, since most black voters won't give him the time of day.
If extenuating circumstances caused you to get laid off from your job, have your home foreclosed and your health benefits taken away, then it's all your fault. Had you been smarter or stronger, none of that would have happened to you.
"They did have something to do with the crisis that we went into in 2008, but we're not in 2008, we're in 2011," Cain said."...These demonstrations, I honestly don't understand what they're looking for. To me, they come across more as anti-capitalism."
This is the sort of tone-deaf victim blaming that pisses people off to no end. It's as though Cain neither understands nor cares about why the protesters are there in the first place and what they've gone through to get to this point. And yet he wants Americans to vote for him.