Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Limbaugh on Cain story: ‘Hit job’ journalism that was racially-motivated

Rush Limbaugh weighed in Monday on the allegations that Herman Cain sexually harassed two former female employees, calling the piece by Politico a “hit job” based on racially-motivated stereotypes.

“This is not a news story, this is gutter partisan politics, and it’s the politics of minority conservative personal destruction is what you’ve got here,” the conservative radio host said, also mentioning The Post’s story on Florida senator Marco Rubio (R). “We cannot have a black Republican running for the office of President. We can’t have one elected.”

Limbaugh also said that Bill Clinton must be somewhere “laughing himself sick over this hit job from Politico...If this story were about Bill Clinton, the left would be circling the wagons.”

Limbaugh said that Cain was targeted because of his conservative views and skin color.

“Anything good that happens to any black or Hispanic in American politics can only happen via the Democrat Party. If it happens elsewhere, we’re going to destroy those people a la Clarence Thomas.”

“It really is about blacks and Hispanics getting too uppity. That’s what this is,” he said. “You don’t achieve in American politics as a Republican.....you try it and we’re going to destroy you.”

Thomas, who faced allegations of sexual harassment during his Senate confirmation hearing for the U.S. Supreme Court two decades ago, also used the same argument, saying that hearings amount to a “high tech lynching” of blacks who think for themselves.

During her show, Laura Ingraham suggested occupying Politico’s Arlington offices, after a caller drew parallels between Cain and Thomas and said that “we need to stand up for this citizen candidate.” The occupy reference was to the Occupy Wall Street protests that have been rocking the political world lately.

“You’re saying Occupy Politico in other words,” Ingraham said. “They’re occupying Wall Street, we need...OccupyPolitico.com....stop destroying a good man’s reputation....we have seen this movie before and we know how it ends.”

Cain has repeatedly denied that anything inappropriate took place while he led the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. He has also said he had no knowledge of any financial settlement, reportedly to be in the five-figure range, according to Politico.

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