Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), the first Muslim elected to Congress, said in a recent interview with Salon that Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain’s controversial comments about Islam are ugly, inflammatory and bigoted.
“It seems like a week doesn’t go by without Cain saying something incredibly offensive, so I can only guess that he’s doing it on purpose,” Ellison told Salon’s Justin Elliott. “He’s probably figured out that he can get headlines if he says something really ugly, so he doesn’t disappoint.”
He’s “trying to distinguish himself as the religious bigot of the presidential race,” Ellison said.
“I don’t know if Herman Cain is just a sick individual, or if he is using bigotry to strategically move his campaign forward,” Ellison continued. “But in either case it’s reprehensible that he just will not relent with this bigotry and that he actually thinks it’s going to enhance his chances to get the Republican nomination.”