One-Time US Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies From COVID

Cheryl Sanders
August 1, 2020

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also took to Twitter Thursday, saying that Cain "embodied the American Dream and represented the very best of the American spirit".

In a post on Cain's website, editor Dan Calabrese wrote: "Herman Cain - our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us - has passed away. He's entering the presence of the Savior he's served as an associate minister at Antioch Baptist Church in Atlanta for, and preparing for his reward".

Every single Trump tweet is met with strong opinionated responses, both supporting and attacking him, and the trend continued today as numerous replies to Trump's tweet followed the tone of ones earlier in the day blaming Trump and the Tulsa rally for Cain's death.

"Herman had an incredible career and was adored by everyone that ever met him, especially me", the president wrote.

"He was a very special person".

It is not known if he contracted the disease in Tulsa during the rally.

In 2011, as he campaigned for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, he pushed for sweeping tax reform that he called his "9-9-9 Plan" - a 9% business transactions tax, a 9% personal income tax, and a 9% federal sales tax.

He ran for president in 2012, briefly leading in the Republican Party polls during the primaries. Mr. Cain was a successful businessman and a fierce advocate for conservative principles across the board.

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Cain was the former CEO of Godfather's Pizza and a cancer survivor.

Donald Trump made a decision to hold his rally in Tulsa despite a surge in coronavirus cases there. Cain wore no mask at the event, which featured thousands of people packed tightly together.

A stage set up for the crowd overflow was dissembled before there was nobody there to see.

"Donald Trump killed Herman Cain", Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King wrote, arguing that it was the president's fault for going ahead with a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, amid the pandemic. "And 150,000 more Americans also died because of [Donald Trump's] incompetence, lies, and arrogance".

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