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Herman Cain: Roseanne Crossed a Line, But ‘I Don’t Think She’s a Racist’

Roseanne Barr‘s tweetstorm likening former Obama aide Valerie Jarrett to an ape and drawing a link between her and the Muslim Brotherhood would seem to be evidence that she is, in fact, racist, but apparently not everyone thinks so.

Painting Barr’s hateful tweeting as a thoughtless indiscretion, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain defended Barr’s reputation on Fox News Tuesday, not long after ABC cancelled her reboot.

“I don’t think she’s a racist,” Cain told Fox’s Neil Cavuto. “I think she made some comments that she didn’t think about that would come across as sounding racist and indeed they were racist comments.”

Cain also attempted to float the suggestion that ABC may have cancelled the program for political reasons, repeating the theory again and again while adding that he wasn’t sure.

“She overstepped her bounds and she didn’t think about what the backlash would be,” Cain said. “However, I don’t disagree with all of the criticism that she has gotten. I question whether or not that was the only motivation for cancelling the show.”

Cain then went on to speculate that ABC, being a network that has provided “negative coverage” of President Donald Trump, may have opportunistically ended its own heavily-watched program simply to spite the Right.

“Remember ABC is one of the networks of the three major networks that has provided 91% negative coverage of this president and because her show defended some of the conservative principles and conservative results, maybe–I don’t know the answer to this and we will never know–I just suspect personally that this gave them a very visible excuse to cancel the show,” Cain said.

Furthering his argument, he added that he believes certain anti-Trump companies would rather lose money than “have that kind of defense of conservatism and Donald Trump in a popular show,” stating this was emblematic of what he referred to as “Trump derangement syndrome.”

However, Cain topped off the claims with “we don’t know that,” before again stating his opinion was that “sometimes some of these organizations will forego making more money with successful ratings just to basically try to stand by their political point of view.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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