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Herman Cain Helped Define the American Black Conservative Movement. He Also Set the Stage for Trump

Posted On: Jul 31, 2020   |   Posted By: Time

Herman Cain remembered the 1996 moment that changed his political trajectory as clearly as any in his life.
The businessman was advising Jack Kemp 's vice-presidential campaign and accompanied the boss to the iconic Sylvia's soul food restaurant in Harlem for an event. A man in the crowd shouted out to Cain and his colleagues: “Black Republicans? There's no such thing.” The same man, in Cain's telling , called them “Uncle Toms.” The episode so angered Cain that when he got home from that campaign swing, he switched from a registered independent to a card-carrying member of the Republican Party. And over the next quarter-century, the child of the segregated South became one of the best-known Black Republicans in the country, briefly rising to be his party's presidential frontrunner for the 2012 nomination and remaining one of the most quotable stars in conservative media.
So committed to his party's stick-it-in-the-eye ethos was Cain that he flew to Tulsa, Okla., for President Donald Trump's first return to...

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