Herman Cain Digs Himself Deeper On Anti-Muslim Bigotry

June 08, 2011 6:16 pm ET

From the June 8, 2011, edition of Fox News' Glenn Beck:

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BECK: You said you would not appoint a Muslim to anybody in your administration.

CAIN: The exact language was, when I was asked, "Would you be comfortable with a Muslim in your cabinet?" And I said, "No. I would not be comfortable." I didn't say I wouldn't appoint one because if they can prove to me that they're putting the Constitution of the United States first, then they would be a candidate just like everybody else. My entire career I've hired good people, great people, regardless of their religious orientation.

BECK: So wait a minute, are you saying that is— that Muslims have to prove— that there has to be some loyalty proof? 

CAIN: Yes, to the Constitution of the United States of America.

BECK: Well would you do that to a Catholic? Or would you do that to a Mormon?

CAIN: No, I wouldn't. I wouldn't. Because there is a greater dangerous part of the Muslim faith than there is any of these other religions. I know there are some Muslims who talk about, "But we are a peaceful religion." And I'm sure that there some peace-loving Muslims.

BECK: I know them. I know them. 

CAIN: I know some too.

BECK: Yeah, okay.

CAIN: I absolutely do. So this isn't casting a label on all Muslims. When that guy asked me that question in the middle of a rapid-fire Q&A session, in Iowa, it came out of nowhere, number one. Let me tell you what was in the back of— what I immediately thought of, which is why I answered the way that I did. I heard Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu give a speech a few months after 9/11, 2001. And I will never forget what he said in that speech. So that's my point of reference. Number one, terrorism is going to last a long time. He said this is what Americans have got to know. And he said, number two, they want to kill all of you. No question. That wasn't gray. That was real clear.

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