On Monday, the day the fourth accuser Sharon Bialek (pictured) came forward (in case you can’t keep them straight, she’s the one that says that in 1997, Cain reached under her skirt when she asked him about a job), Cain was still trying to sell the idea that his wife was #teamCain. On “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”, Kimmel asked if Mrs. Cain would share her views publicly. Cain responded, “I’m going to keep her out of all this. She is going to do some public interviews when it’s the right time and when she’s ready. She knows I can speak up for myself.”
Cain’s claimed his wife would speak up before. Last Monday, he told Fox News, “You will meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning and anticipating.” Can was alluding to a Friday evening interview with “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Mrs. Cain canceled the interview, according to the New York Times. It was just two days after the anonymous third accuser broke her silence.
The journalist in me knows it doesn’t really matter if she speaks. This train-wreck campaign has presented multiple “I can’t believe that just happened” moments (the singing of Negro spirituals at a press conference, a Black man calling himself “Cornbread”, and offering to take a lie detector test top my list). But still, I can’t quite envision Mrs. Cain getting under TV studio lights and going all rogue.
Knowing that any interview with Mrs. Cain is going to be a defense of her husband and a co-sign of all his randomness, I prefer her silence. I even want her to continue to stay out of sight. I swear before Black Jesus, I can close out my lifetime without seeing another one of those interviews or press conferences where a ride or die political wife stands robotically beside her man (see ) as he confesses to humiliating himself and his family. It’s like you can see the wife’s self-respect shrinking until it’s the size of The Grinch’s heart.
Where is Gloria Cain? What is she thinking? On second thought, we really shouldn’t want to know.
Demetria L. Lucas is the author of “A Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Life” (Atria) in stores now. Follow her on Twitter @abelleinbk and check out abelleinbrooklyn.com.