Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK
May 19th, 2013
06:05 PM ET
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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. Kelly

    @Pro-Life
    What is the issue here? Anyone bother to look up the history aof Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger. Margaret Sanger chamption of eugenics and dealing with the minority population problem through abortion. Thank you Pastor Jackson.
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    Really, Sanger championed dealing with the minority population problem through abortion, huh?

    Sanger died in 1966, before roe vs wade (1973) made abortion legal and gave PP the right to perform it. Sanger was seen as an advocate for BIRTH CONTROL, not abortion; As a matter of fact, she was AGAINST abortion, as a whole, stating "while there are cases where even the law recognizes an abortion as justifiable if recommended by a physician, I assert that the hundreds of thousands of abortions performed in America each year are a disgrace to civilization."

    Or how about this quote from Sanger, "[In 1916] we explained what contraception was; that abortion was the wrong way no matter how early it was performed it was taking life; that contraception was the better way, the safer way—it took a little time, a little trouble, but was well worth while in the long run, because life had not yet begun."

    Moral of the story is... before you start spouting your "truth," do some research. Simply reading the wikipedia page for Margaret Sanger will teach you a few things. While she may have felt that "lighter skins" was superior, she was not out of context for the age. She started a clinic in Harlem staffed by only black people. She insisted that everyone work together, regardless of race. Does this sound like a woman who was dealing with minority population with abortion?

    May 20, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  2. skarphace

    "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."

    Well, he will fit right in, then. It's no wonder he got the nomination; he says what they want to hear. He allows them to feel like they are not racist because a black man is calling the other side racist. Anybody who makes them feel better about themselves is good enough for them.

    May 20, 2013 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  3. linda123

    Does this man think that black women are being dragged into clinics and forced to have abortions at gunpoint? Why doesn't he believe that black women are intelligent enough to make this decision on their own? Oh, and has he ever considered that maybe black women wouldn't be having abortions if black MEN would step up and take responsibility for the children they father? How about he address his own gender regarding this issue?

    May 20, 2013 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    -stopdumbness

    Finally Someone with some Guts to Speak out. Planned Parenthood Founds were beyond Rasict. They were also "classist" Planned Parenthood was put in place to control the population of not just the Poor Blacks but also those they referred to as "feeble-minded" whiets. you want more info on the History Of the founders of planned Parenthood check a a Video Caalled THE MAAFA 21. any one who is still for Abortion after obtaining this Video then you are a Racist in it's truest definition..
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    If you can't put things like social and racial attitudes into their proper historical context, then you are beyond stupid. To equate the attitudes of Sanger when she founded the organization, primarily to give women access to birth control ( not abortion) with the organization as it now stands is to enjoy wallowing in the propaganda of liars and charlatans like Glen Beck. Are her attitudes distasteful by our 21st century morality? Yes, and no one is excusing that. To use statements almost a centruy old as the basis for judging a group as it now stands is intellectually and morally sloppy. Read a little, and grow up.

    May 20, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. ha

    I can see why neither party has a lead.. perhaps people realized that niether side actually gives a damn about the people.

    May 20, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Hamburger Jones

    " Planned Parenthood Founds were beyond Rasict." Wow, stop the dumbness, man. Planned Parenthood and the Eugenics movement are years apart. As different as World War One and World War Two. Avoiding teen pregnancy isn't the same as genocide. You might need to look up some words.

    May 20, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  7. Dave

    Do you remember who started and ran the 3Ks for generations? Yep, old white democrats. Since some still which to hide behind robes, I bet many of them are still democrats.

    May 20, 2013 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. oracle

    Interesting how CNN doesn't broadcast when liberals say stuff like, "Bush planned and executed 9/11 on purpose to invade Iraq" ... "Bush let the dikes burst on purpose in New Orleans/Katrina"

    Fair and Balanced?

    May 20, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. dj

    Both Planned Parrenthood and KKK are evil. At least you know where u stand with KKK. They admit to their evil of hating blacks, Jews, Catholics, Hispanics. They are a small private funded organization that no longers has power and nobody takes them seriously anymore. No doubt they were a wicked group mostly in the deep south.

    The problem is PP has the backing of Obama/Hillary Clinton and other influencial members of society that have been taken in by their lies or share in their belief of destroying life.

    Planned Parrenthood is a deceitful for profit organization that poses as a woman's health care provider, when in fact they are a government funded baby killing operation that makes countless millons of dollars while covertly suppressing the black community thru deception, pretending to help and heal a few, while killing the many. This is a far greater threat than a small organization that publically hates with little support ouside of some backwoods extremist that most people despise.
    PP is like a cancer from within silently killing millions while boasting about protecting women's right to choose. There is no choice, but death with PP.
    They act much like the hornet that innocently invades a beehive pretending to be one of the soilders fighting off invaders, but it is secretly taking over until all of the soilder bees are killed off than preying on the offspring. It happens in the animal kingdom and with mankind. We are soposed to be the intelligent ones.
    Don't be deceived. All life matters. It is not our place to decide which innocent life deserves to live or die.

    May 20, 2013 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. Brad

    Republicans, you can't destroy tissue because it is in your womb, but we can murder hundreds of thousands of men, women, children, and unborn children in illegal wars. Glad they got their ethics right. Lets see, why can't you kill a fetus, because according to Christians, it has a soul. However, until that fetus develops a working brain, it is not a person, you are your brain, period. It's time we stipped these idiots of their power.

    May 20, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. lbdukeep

    THE REPUBLICAN Party is the KKK. THEY are trying to tell us how to think and live. Planned Parenthood is just one of their targets.

    Make no mistake – the Republican Party points their index fingers at every one else, but the other 4 fingers are pointing back at them.

    May 20, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. skarphace

    Bob Dobalina: "Don't you just hate when black folks don't embrace the liberal/Democratic mindset?"

    True, there are a few. A very, very few.

    However, don't you Republicans just hate it when white folks don't embrace the social conservative/Teapublican mindset? Guess what? There are many more of those. Therefore, you lose. Again. And will continue to with this type of rhetoric.

    May 20, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. Dave

    I love telling the truth about the founders and leaders of the 3K's, and then seeing that never get posted. Probably because they are democrats, and the moderators don't like this being mentioned.

    May 20, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. lbdukeep

    THE REPUBLICAN Party is the KKK. THEY are trying to tell us how to think and live. The Republican Party is a party of BULLIES!! Planned Parenthood is just one of their targets.

    Make no mistake – the Republican Party points their index fingers at every one else, but the other 4 fingers are pointing back at them.

    May 20, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Dave

    @ibdukeep – the founders of the KKK were democrats. Many hiding behind the robes probably still are. Why not tell the truth about the KKK founding fathers, and leaders for generations?

    May 20, 2013 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  16. Paulmsn

    stopdumbness could make some real inroads if he just took a basic composition course.

    May 20, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  17. DumbasRocks [R]s

    Dr. King dreamed of a real equality for black, white, all Americans.

    However, I do not think he envisioned black people to be as equally stupid as the TeaPartying whites. Thanks to Jackson, african-americans can indeed claim the full spectrum of equality with whites, starting from the dumbazz.

    Good to see the [R] party making a contribution to equality for once.

    May 20, 2013 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. ghostriter

    stopdumbness,

    Ummm.....they are in every community. They only picket the ones in the urban areas. Plus, the NIBMY.

    Not that it matters. Wealthy folk can send their daughter's out of state.

    May 20, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  19. LOL

    Hahahaha....LOL....what is next

    May 20, 2013 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  20. DumbasRocks [R]s

    dj - I'm always amazed how some people have absolutely no embarrassment at publicly showing off their stupidity. You are an obvious floater in the rightwing cesspool. I celebrate the public acknowledgement of your malignancy.

    May 20, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  21. dinaanid

    Sad to see that the GOP is STILL not moving toward more rational, responsible candidates. I want to thank Planned Parenthood for providing great healthcare when I was young and could not afford insurance. Now I am a professional and mother of two fantastic kids. I proudly support Planned Parenthood.

    May 20, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. skarphace

    oracle: "Interesting how CNN doesn't broadcast when liberals say stuff like, "Bush planned and executed 9/11 on purpose to invade Iraq" ... "Bush let the dikes burst on purpose in New Orleans/Katrina""

    So a Democrat politician said that? Source, please. Or stop making stuff up.

    May 20, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  23. MurderSheWrote

    Every day in America, an average of 3,315 human beings lose their lives to abortion. Based on the percentages above, between 683-829 of those babies are Hispanic, between 1,193-1,174 are white, and between 995-1,207 are black.

    Yes, over a thousand black babies are killed through abortion EVERY DAY !!!

    May 20, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. ThinkAgain

    E.W. Jackson: Shame on you for accusing people who disagree with your politics that they are selling themselves to the highest bidder!

    I guess if you've got nothing to offer, you have to go with the shame and guilt ... PATHETIC!

    May 20, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. MurderSheWrote

    Every day in America, an average of 3,315 human beings lose their lives to abortion. Based on the percentages above, between 683-829 of those babies are Hispanic, between 1,193-1,174 are white, and between 995-1,207 are black.

    Yes, over a thousand black babies are murdered in the womb through abortion EVERY DAY !!!

    May 20, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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