Former Republican presidential candidate and businessman Herman Cain told The Daily Caller he’s concerned that the facts of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s killing may be getting lost amid the heated political and racial rhetoric surrounding the case.
“Where is the investigation?” Cain said in an email to TheDC. “That is the question that should be asked, and answered, before all of this ‘swirling rhetoric’ creates an even more tense situation out of this very tragic incident. We need a complete investigation and all the facts, not a premature ‘War of Words.’”
Cain added that were there are some troubling questions about how police initially handled Martin’s death, the facts need to come out before the American people rush to judgment.
“On the surface, it appears this was a senseless killing,” Cain said. “And it appears as if the suspect was not taken into custody. It appears there wasn’t an immediate or thorough investigation.”
“I’m not an investigator, but I believe all the facts should be out on the table before we draw any more conclusions in this case,” he continued.
African-American conservative commentator Deneen Borelli told TheDC she thinks Martin Luther King, Jr. wouldn’t “condone” the way some activists have handled the Martin shooting.
“He [King] would never condone what Spike Lee has done, who tweeted Zimmerman’s address,” Borelli, the author of “BlackLash,” a book critical of tactics employed by some progressives in situations where race may be a factor, said. “He would not condone President Obama’s comments and Al Sharpton injecting himself into this situation the way that he has. This is something that Martin Luther King would absolutely not stand for.”
Borelli said she thinks President Barack Obama, the Rev. Al Sharpton, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and others have unnecessarily inserted race into this issue. “This has been turned into an issue of race by those who have made it an issue of race,” Borelli said. “Now, you have Al Sharpton injecting himself into the situation.”
“Of course, it’s a tragic situation and my heart goes out to this young man’s parents,” Borelli added. “But, when you look at how the tone of this situation has really been set from the top, and I’m talking about President Obama. What he should have done is emphasize that we are a nation of laws, not of men, and that justice in the end will prevail. But, sadly, he injected race into the issue.”
Sharpton and Jackson are expected to rally in Sanford, Fla., on Monday afternoon. They plan to lead a march across town and before protesting outside a city commission meeting.