Rep. Sheila Jackson LeeSheila Jackson-LeeDems sustain protest as GOP angles to start recess early House erupts as GOP tries to halt Dems' sit-in House caucus to focus on business in Latin America MORE (D-Texas) said Monday night that she is insulted by the suggestion of Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain that black voters are "brainwashed" into voting Democratic.
Cain made the remark last week on CNN, and said blacks have been "brainwashed into not being open-minded, not even considering a conservative point of view."
Jackson Lee said she took issue with his "very unfortunate choice of words," and said that historically, blacks voted Republican in President Lincoln's time, and voted with Republicans "for a number of years." However, she said that since then, they have voted their interest, which has aligned with Democrats.
"So Mr. Cain, get your facts right," she said. "We are not brainwashed, and I am absolutely insulted by your ludicrous interpretation of African-American intellect in choosing their political party."