Herman CainHerman CainAnother VPOTUS tries for POTUS: What does history tell us? Restaurant association president announces retirement Romney votes against Trump pick over comments attacking Obama MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rips Dems' demands, impeachment talk: 'Witch Hunt continues!' Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi remains firm despite new impeachment push MORE's former nominee to serve on the Federal Reserve Board, said Tuesday that black Americans have been "brainwashed" by the national press to hate Trump.

The former presidential candidate and pizza tycoon was asked by TMZ why more African Americans do not hold favorable views of Trump despite what Cain said was important work on criminal justice reform and other issues.

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"They're getting brainwashed according to the news that they watch," Cain said. "It's been statistically shown that certain stations, certain news outlets, they simply are not telling the entire truth. And in some cases, people are being brainwashed."

Cain's remarks follow his withdrawal from consideration to serve on the Federal Reserve's board of governors, a position Trump nominated him for in April, only for Cain to withdraw after critics questioned his vocal support of the president and past conduct with women.

Cain's appointment to the board looked unlikely due to resistance from GOP senators who sought to see the Fed's board remain an apolitical body.

Trump eventually announced Cain's withdrawal in a tweet just days after the former Godfather's Pizza CEO told Fox Business Network that he wouldn't "run away from criticism" and that withdrawing was "not in [his] nature."

"My friend Herman Cain, a truly wonderful man, has asked me not to nominate him for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board. I will respect his wishes. Herman is a great American who truly loves our Country!" Trump tweeted last month.