Shortly after he proclaimed on Saturday that, as president, he'd build an electrified border fence and hang a sign on it that reads, "It Will Kill You Warning," Herman Cain began insisting that he was simply joking. "That's not a serious plan," he told Meet the Press host David Gregory on Sunday. "That's a joke. I've also said America needs to get a sense of humor. That was a joke, okay?"
This exact conversation also took place a couple of months ago, although nobody cared as much back then about Herman Cain or the features of his ideal border fence, because Herman Cain was blissfully irrelevant. At the August 11 Fox News debate in Iowa, Cain was asked whether he was serious about suggesting a "twenty foot wall" with "barbed wire" that is "electrified on the top." Cain responded similarly then: "America's got to learn how to take a joke."
Yesterday, in an appearance with notorious Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Cain once again, for the hundredth time, emphasized to all us humorless imbeciles that he was just joking. As the Phoenix New Times reports:
"Let me first say it was a joke, and some people don't think that it was a good joke, and it's probably not a joke that you're supposed to make if you're a presidential candidate," Cain continued. "I apologize if it offended anyone. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea culpa."
Okay! We get it. It was a joke. It was a misunderstanding. Glad we cleared that up, finally.
"I don't like to offend anyone ... however, I don't apologize for using a combination of a fence. And it might be electrified — I'm not walking away from that," Cain backtracked.
So, wait ... it's ... not a joke?
"It was a joke to the extent in the context of the views of that speech, but in terms of what we need to do, I fully intend to do so because I'm more sensitive to our citizens being hurt."
Until recently, Herman Cain didn't know what the right of return is. He may or may not know what a neoconservative is. He definitely doesn't know who the president of Uzbekistan is. Now we're wondering if he knows what a joke is.