Many people in the crowd began clapping for Cain’s response. But one person in particular stood out: casino tycoon Sheldon Adelson. Adelson owns casinos in Las Vegas and China, including the Venetian, where the debate was held tonight. Adelson has served as a major donor to far-right causes. This New Yorker profile reveals Adelson’s many years of funding stealth attack group and Bush-era Republican politicians.
Like the Koch brothers, another set of billionaires close to Cain, Cain’s snide attacks against protesters serve the country’s elite. Conservatives have worked overtime trying to pin blame for the economic downturn on President Obama and public school teachers. Such misdirection only helps to shield plutocrats from ever having to pay their fair share.