Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK
May 19th, 2013
06:05 PM ET
11 months ago

Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK

(CNN) – An outspoken and provocative conservative who emerged from Saturday's Republican Party of Virginia Convention as the party's nominee for lieutenant governor once compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and blasted African-Americans for their "slavish devotion" to the Democratic Party.

E.W. Jackson, an African-American pastor and attorney from Chesapeake, made the comments in a self-produced "message to black Christians" posted on YouTube last year.

"The Democrat Party has created an unholy alliance between certain so-called civil rights leaders and Planned Parenthood, which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions. Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was," he said in the video. "And the Democrat Party and the black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide."

Sensing an opportunity to tie Jackson to the rest of the Republican ticket in Virginia, especially conservative gubernatorial nominee Ken Cuccinelli, Democrats have already started highlighting those remarks and others in emails to reporters.

Cuccinelli, the state Attorney General, will face Democrat Terry McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chairman, in the November election.

"Extremely divisive rhetoric from Jackson and Cuccinelli reflects the social agenda they would impose on Virginia. At a time when Virginians are looking for leaders who focus on jobs, the Tea Party has nominated a ticket whose careers have been defined by a radical social agenda," McAuliffe campaign spokesman Brennan Bilberry said in a statement.

Cuccinelli and Jackson were nominated at Saturday's GOP convention in Richmond, where Jackson beat out six other candidates for the number two spot on the ticket. Party activists tapped Mark Obenshain to be their nominee for attorney general.

Jackson, the founder of a nondenominational church, is a former Marine and graduate of Harvard Law School. But he is rapidly becoming known for a raft of controversial statements that have bubbled up online in the wake of his surprise victory on Saturday. He has publicly questioned President Barack Obama's faith and has been spearheading efforts to recruit black Democrats to the GOP since last year, when he unsuccessfully ran for Senate in Virginia.

"Shame on us for allowing ourselves to be sold to the highest bidder. We belong to God," he said in the video. "Our ancestors were sold against their will centuries ago, but we're going through the slave market voluntarily today."

As lieutenant governor, Jackson would hold the tie-breaking vote in what is currently an evenly divided state Senate. Republicans currently hold the lieutenant governorship and control of the 40-seat body. But with the unpolished Jackson as the GOP nominee, Democrats are now a safe bet to pick up the lieutenant governor's office and control of the senate.

Democrats will decide their nominee in a June 11 primary. To the frustration of establishment Republicans, GOP activists in the state chose to nominate their candidates at a convention instead of in a primary, a move that gave a relatively small group of conservative activists control over the nomination process.

A purple state, Virginia currently has a Republican governor, Bob McDonnell, but voted for Obama in the last two presidential elections.

Poll numbers so far show neither party with a sizable lead in the race, less than six months before Election Day. Because Virginia voters elect the governor and lieutenant governor separately, it's possible that the winners could be from different parties.

– CNN's Peter Hamby and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


Filed under: Ken Cuccinelli • Planned Parenthood • Virginia
soundoff (467 Responses)
  1. Steve S

    Where in the world do the GOP find these people???

    May 19, 2013 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  2. Corinne Dixon

    " Democrats are now a safe bet to pick up the lieutenant governor's office and control of the senate." OH YEA??? And last night it was a sure bet that Pete Snyder was to be the Republican nominee for Lieutenant Governor! I would not lay any money on that my friend. Bishop Earl has a powerful allie ... GOD!!!! He was there at Jackson's side as he spoke at the Republican Convention to a standing ovation. You must be part of the liberal media to post such prophecy.

    May 19, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  3. Nick

    And another Republican bites the dust.

    May 19, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  4. Jinx9to88

    Yep GOP keep on given. Dems will pickup this seat. They sure know how to pick them.

    May 19, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  5. don in albuquerque

    The GOTP has a new crazed shill hit the market.

    May 19, 2013 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  6. MaryM

    E.W. Jackson is another Allen West. And we know what happened to Allen West

    May 19, 2013 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  7. S.B. Stein

    If he (or anyone else) says something like that, I'd like to see the proof of that agreement. Part of th reason why women get abortions beyond the health of the mother, rape & incest, is that they know that they can't support the child and have no hope of getting the child a good home because the woman doesn't and has no support from the father.

    May 19, 2013 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. Larry L

    The GOP needs to learn to find minority spokespersons who aren't even more radical than the routine Republican white bigot. The President's approval rating remains satisfactory because Americans know he's a rational leader who cares about all of our people – not some crazy who gets attention with foolish, distorted, and illogical statements.

    May 19, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Jackson isn't intelligent to know he's the new "black face" act in the gop. He's just another token trying to get initiated by saying stupid outrageous things. As far as me being a slave of the democrat party, he shouldn't worry too much about that – what he should worry about is what he is to the republican party and it AIN'T one of them. Poor little man.

    May 19, 2013 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  10. Name Uche Agonsi

    Mmmh....the Boston Bombers used You Tube too. E.W .Jackson has identity problems. When you desert your community, you loose their votes. Jackson needs the actual lessons on 47% from Mitt Romney.......and should rather think more of the living babes & their mothers than dead sex cells.

    May 20, 2013 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  11. Thomas

    E.W. Jackson compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and blasted African-Americans for their "slavish devotion" to the Democratic Party.
    E.W. Jackson, an African-American pastor and attorney from Chesapeake, made the comments in a self-produced "message to black Christians". So as he see's it heaven is segregated , I was hoping when we went to heaven skin color was no longer a concern.
    Next he wil compare Nelson Mandela to Idi Amin .

    As far as I can recall the KKK were never pro choice or pro woman's rights !

    pastor and attorney ?

    Clarence Thomas / E.W. Jackson 2016

    There will never be peace , until there is justice
    Bob Marley

    May 20, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  12. pjoe

    He sounds perfectly reasonable to me. Sometimes the truth hurts.

    May 20, 2013 12:28 am at 12:28 am |
  13. kayen

    Please don't reply with none of that Dixiecrat garbage- because you guys have twisted that history all around it is laughable.

    May 20, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |
  14. Thomas

    E.W. Jackson compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and blasted African-Americans for their "slavish devotion" to the Democratic Party.

    The Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986 was a law enacted ... President Ronald Reagan vetoed the law but was overridden by a Democratic Congress
    Reagan notably (and unsuccessfully) vetoed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act in 1986, which placed heavy sanctions on South Africa.
    Despite a growing international movement to topple apartheid in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan maintained a close alliance with a South Africa .

    What planet is E.W. Jackson on ?

    May 20, 2013 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  15. MarineWill

    Who nominated "Uncle Ruckus"? Thanks GOP, I can always depend on you for the funniest candidates...and we're off!

    May 20, 2013 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  16. ep tor

    It would be far more accurate to compare the GOP with the KKK when you consider their anti-immigrant policies. Many are down right bigots. Planned parenthood provides services for poor women who happen to be mostly non-white which is why the GOP hates them. And of course the GOP's largest support group is white old men. Now you know the real reason why the GOP is trying to get rid of Planned Parenthood.

    May 20, 2013 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  17. Jazzboy

    Let's hope Virginia Democrats nominate neurological pediatrician and current State Senator Dr. Ralph Northam of Norfolk as Lt. Governor. He would balance the ticket coming from the populous southern part of Virginia with McAuliffe from the northern suburbs. He recently bested a well-financed Tea Party candidate in 2011 with 60% of the vote in a previously held GOP seat.

    I think voters would rather have the deciding vote in the evenly split State Senate to be a good doctor saving children's lives and a defender of women's rights, than a holy roller who wants to condemn all our perceived sins. God help the Commonwealth.

    May 20, 2013 05:02 am at 5:02 am |
  18. Marie MD

    Coming from a black man this is very sad.
    Maybe he needs to take time to review the history of the kkk and the southern bible thumpers before he opens his mouth again.
    Planned Parenthood is NOT just about legal abortions. It's about women's health. I don't think we can say the same about the kkk!
    Gawd, people are rally stupid in this country. No wonder we are falling behind even little unheard of countries in education.

    May 20, 2013 06:29 am at 6:29 am |
  19. nothing new here

    Look, I am certainly not in favor of using abortion as birth control....
    But what has this guy done to deal with the problems in this society, except play politics?
    While he complains and compares, there are millions living poorly, rampant crime, people in jail for potsmoking, and so on. How about being part of the solution, instead of being one more talking head?

    May 20, 2013 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  20. TomInRochNY

    Ah, the GOP, nominating more un-electable people. When will they wake up?

    May 20, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  21. Gurgyl

    This nation needs "ENTIRE LEGAL SYSTEM" changed. These Attorneys are eating $hit for the sake of money. Nation needs to know and change the system and legal system in in limbo–fix it. We need another Obama to fix this.

    May 20, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  22. Gurgyl

    Legal system needs changed. Attorneys are abusing this system. Fix prices. This system in big limbo.

    May 20, 2013 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Where does the GOP find these people, and more importantly, do they really think that these "cartoons" will draw conservative Blacks (or in the case of Rubio, Latinos) into their fast folding teepee?

    May 20, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I meant to say "caricatures" not "cartoons". Same difference though!

    May 20, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
  25. Bob Hope's Ghost

    Well, he's right. Planned Parenthood is mostly found in poor, urban areas where higher black populations are and they are easy to just walk in and get an abortion. On the KKK side, the democrats did create it back in the day, so this allegation would make sense.

    May 20, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
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