Cain: Electrocuting immigrants quip was just a joke — but not really
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain said Monday that while he was joking about an electric border fence, he’s not ruling it out as a possibility.
Over the weekend, Cain told NBC’s David Gregory that America needed to get a sense a humor about his suggestion that immigrants trying to cross the border should be electrocuted while scaling the border fence.
But at a news confernce with anti-immigration Sheriff Joe Arpaio Monday, Cain said the fence “might be electrified.”
“Let me first say, it was a joke and some people don’t think it was a good joke,” the candidate explained. “And it’s probably not a joke you’re supposed to make if you’re a presidential candidate. I apologize if it offended anyone. Mea Culpa, mia culpa, mia culpa.”
“It didn’t sound like a joke,” one reporter noted.
“You know, I think we’re splitting hairs here,” Cain replied. “I don’t apologize for using a combination of a fence and it might be electrified. I’m not walking away from that. I just don’t want to offend anybody.”
Arpaio later told reporters that he didn’t see what all the fuss was about.
“I have a electric fence around the tent jail,” he boasted. “I have illegal immigrants there. I have illegals on the chain gang. Nobody goes after me… I got an electric fence. It doesn’t kill people. It shocks you.”
Watch this video from MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown, broadcast Oct. 18, 2011.