On Monday, the day the fourth accuser Sharon Bialek (pictured)Â came forward (in case you canâ€™t keep them straight, sheâ€™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 â€œJimmy Kimmel Live!â€, Kimmel asked if Mrs. Cain would share her views publicly. Cain responded, â€œI’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.”
Cainâ€™s claimed his wife would speak up before. Last Monday, he told Fox News, â€œYou will meet my wife publicly in an exclusive interview that we are currently planning and anticipating.â€ Can was alluding to a Friday evening interview with “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.â€ 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 doesnâ€™t really matter if she speaks. This train-wreck campaign has presented multiple â€œI canâ€™t believe that just happenedâ€ moments (the singing of Negro spirituals at a press conference, a Black man calling himself â€œCornbreadâ€, and offering to take a lie detector test top my list). But still, I canâ€™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. Itâ€™s like you can see the wifeâ€™s self-respect shrinking until itâ€™s the size of The Grinchâ€™s heart.
Where is Gloria Cain? What is she thinking? On second thought, we really shouldnâ€™t want to know.
Demetria L. Lucas is the author of â€œA Belle in Brooklyn: The Go-to Girl for Advice on Living Your Best Single Lifeâ€ (Atria) in stores now. Follow her on Twitter @abelleinbkÂ and check outÂ abelleinbrooklyn.com.