2012 Election | Herman Cain | Immigration | Mexico | Texas

Herman Cain Doesn't Really Want To Electrocute Mexicans

What a relief! For a second, it seemed like Republican presidential frontrunner Herman Cain actually wanted to send thousands of volts of electricity ripping through the bodies of the men, women, and children illegally crossing the United States' southern border in search of better lives.

That's what he said last night at two different rallies in Tennessee. "We have a crisis of illegal immigration," said Cain, before proposing the building of a fence to span the length of the Mexican-American border. The fence, Cain said,

... [is] going to be 20 feet high. It’s going to have barbed wire on the top. It’s going to be electrified. And there’s going to be a sign on the other side saying, "It will kill you -- warning!"

Cain elaborated on the philosophy behind this fence:

This nation has always been a nation with wide open doors. We want to make it easy for people to come through the front door. And we're going to shut off the back door so you can't sneak into America.

... and he explained the fence's living accoutrements, which would include an unspecified number of soldiers armed with "real guns and real bullets."

The New York Times reports that these remarks were greeted with enthusiastic cheers. But don't worry. That wasn't the sound of savage, mob-amped bloodlust. Rather, it was the sound of sophisticated ladies and gentlemen showing their appreciation for Mr. Cain's subtle sense of humor. As Cain explained this morning on Meet The Press, it's all a big joke.

That's a joke, David. That's a joke. That's not a serious plan, no it's not. That's a joke. I've also said 'America needs to get a sense of humor.' That's a joke.

Haha! Death by electrocution! You're such a card, Herman.

Watch Cain's full explanation, as well as a fascinating exegesis of his 9-9-9 plan, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. About what?? I don't understand

    Posted by: Falcon | Oct 16, 2011 4:32:28 PM

  2. walls have never worked anyway and history shows are a waste of any and all nation's treasures

    Though the great wall of china looks cool, it didn't stop the mongol hordes = They did not pass the great wall because they simply walked around it when invading Xi xia

    Rome built 2 walls to keep back those savage whites (the people most likely cheering dumb ass Cain)

    The Antonine and Hadrian Walls....neither worked on keeping out the dirty barbaric white people who had fleas.......and look who ended up ruling the world as rome turned to dust

    Posted by: say what | Oct 16, 2011 5:05:59 PM

  3. Herman Cain is most definitely a stark alternative to President Obama.

    Where Obama is serious and throughtful, Cain is UNSPEAKABLY STUPID!

    he embodies everything that Republicans think of black people.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Oct 16, 2011 5:38:26 PM

  4. hmmm ... a wall 20 feet high with barbed wire on top manned by armed soldiers with orders to shoot to kill. Where have we seen this before? Achtung!

    Posted by: ynot | Oct 16, 2011 5:58:52 PM

  5. He's going to have to explain to me, where he sees the humor in his "joke". Thankfully, I don't get it.

    Comes across as a bit sophmoric to me. Not a quality I'm looking for in a leader.

    Posted by: mytwocents | Oct 16, 2011 6:23:16 PM

  6. Yes,

    Let's keep out the Latin American hordes by killing them! That's genius. Meanwhile, the lettuce and strawberries will be rotting in the fields.

    Cain has absolutely no political acumen. To make these comments twice and dismiss them as a joke 24 hours later just shows that he has no clue what he is doing. Cain is to national politics what Fiorina and Whitman were to California politics, Republican, pro-business wet dreams who do not understand politics.

    Mittens is the only mildly electable candidate in this field of Republican jokers, and he is a magic underpants wearing, closet moderate flip-flopper.

    I get why Cain is getting support right now. The low-information voters are so sick of Washington that they are looking for ANY Washington outsider to clean up the place. But that can only take him so far. I for one would love for him to get the nomination, because he's absolutely unelectable. Perhaps the Repubs think Cain can split the black vote, but that's not going to happen. Despite what Repubs think, African Americans did not vote for Obama because of his skin color.

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Oct 16, 2011 8:14:06 PM

  7. I think he would get the conservative black vote.

    Posted by: jaragon | Oct 16, 2011 8:39:30 PM

  8. LMAO @ "sneak ataxes"! Is he serious?

    Posted by: Ishaq | Oct 16, 2011 9:04:49 PM

  9. He might get the conservative black vote, but what about the other 99% of African American voters?

    Posted by: shawnthesheep | Oct 16, 2011 9:40:32 PM

  10. Yeah, Hitler had a really funny one about Jews, too.

    Posted by: thomas mc | Oct 16, 2011 11:39:28 PM

  11. Herman Cain "Jokes" About Killing Immigrants!


    Posted by: Santiago | Oct 17, 2011 1:41:36 AM

  12. deja vu didn't ew here this all before
    Ross Perot said this sort of stuff too

    Posted by: Richard Golden | Oct 17, 2011 6:15:59 AM

  13. Well, Herman Cain does make an important point about the illegal immigrants arriving from Mexico. Why on earth should we accept them? They're not fleeing wars. If there was a war in Mexico, I could understand people wanting to come here.

    It's grossly unfair to the American taxpayer to have these uninvited migrants over here. Grossly unfair.

    Posted by: jason | Oct 17, 2011 8:47:30 AM

  14. Cain is a fool. Just the latest political hack to exit the GOP clown car and find temporary favor with the desperate and ignorant Tea Bagger group. He'll soon fade into oblivion, broke and a joke and nothing more than an asterisk in the history of failed and forgotten political candidates.

    Posted by: Bob R | Oct 17, 2011 9:48:40 AM

  15. Jason

    actually there is a war in mexico.....the drug cartels are warring in the streets killing many due to the US demand for cheap pot and cocaine that we refuse to grow ourselves here.....pot that is which was grown during WW2 to supply rope and uniforms for the troops

    US DEPT of agriculture movie on growing hemp for victory WWII "hemp for Victory"


    Anyway; jason read a history book. Human migration is hardwired into our genes and inevitable. One can not stop it. Ask ROME, oh yeah they are dust

    one can manage it and smooth the integration of the migrants into one's society otherwise the cost is wasteful to try to fight a loosing battle

    Posted by: say what | Oct 17, 2011 12:32:12 PM

  16. I guess he doesn't understand that jokes are funny.

    Posted by: Jerry | Oct 17, 2011 2:08:05 PM

  17. His tax code is hilarious.

    He thinks that if we add a federal tax and lower corporate taxes, that every corporation will just MAGICALLY drop their prices by 9% and balance it out. That's giving corporations a whole lot of credit when they have stockholders to pay out!

    Also, nixing that inheritance and dividend tax - that'll really help the poor and middle class!

    Posted by: sarah | Oct 17, 2011 5:11:07 PM

  18. Herman Cain has close ties with the Koch brothers, the greedy billionaire siblings that use the ignorance of the teabaggers to push their agenda.
    If Republicans think the African American populace would vote for someone like Herman Cain, they got a rude awakening coming. Cain has as much chance of getting black votes as do Sarah Palin or Michelle Bachmann.

    Posted by: NY2.0 | Oct 17, 2011 7:15:49 PM

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