Herman Cain defended controversial remarks on "brainwashing" in an interview with msnbc's Lawrence O'Donnell.
"I did not insult the intelligence of all black Americans," the new GOP frontrunner told msnbc. "I insulted the attitude of those that will not consider an alternate idea." He also said black voters "did not consider my statement insulting because a lot of them are thinking for themselves."
Previously, the Republican presidential candidate said African-Americans voters have been "brainwashed" into voting for Democrats by "not even considering a conservative point of view."
That comment didn't sit well with the African American community. Though Cain played down the comment and hit back.
"Now, if they want to talk about insulting, they need to look at the president when he talks to the Congressional Black Caucus and insulted black people, in my opinion, by telling them to take off their slippers and put on their marching boots when he has had nothing but failed policies," said Cain.
The former Godfather's Pizza CEO extended his criticism to Americans who support higher taxes for millionaires.
Today, President Obama came out in support of the Senate Democrats' idea of paying for his jobs bill with a 5 percent surtax on income over $1 million.
A recent NBC/Wall Street Journal poll showed 81 percent of Americans favor increasing taxes on incomes on the uber wealthy.
Watch all three parts of the Cain interview now.