Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain has died due to COVID-19. The former Godfather’s Pizza CEO and conservative political pundit became nationally famous when, as a 2012 contender for the Republican presidential nomination, he introduced his “9-9-9 Plan”. The idea was to keep it as simple as possible, with a nine percent sales tax, a nine percent business transactions tax, and a nine percent personal income tax.
After losing the nomination to Senator Mitt Romney, he went on to endorse him.
While there is no definitive proof that Cain caught the coronavirus at the Trump rally in Oklahoma on June 20th, he did tweet that “Masks will not be mandatory for the event, which will be attended by President Trump. PEOPLE ARE FED UP!” The tweet was deleted after Cain’s death. He, like many other people at the rally, did not wear a mask, and was shortly thereafter diagnosed with the virus. He remained in the hospital for the last month until his death.
Cain was born December 13, 1945, to working class parents in Memphis, Tennessee, but grew up in Atlanta. He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s in computer science. He was the author of several books. Along with Pastor Darrell Scot, Herman Cain was the co-chair of Black Voices for Trump.