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. Malory Archer

    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.

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    And you would lose that bet. The "Dixiecrats" such as strom thurman (fathered a child with his underage black housekeeper and his handlers managed to keep her under wraps until he died and she was an elderly woman) all became rethugs in the 60s after affirmative action, whining that they didn't leave the Dem party – the Dems left them (and for the better). Really, you should have paid better attention to your junior high school history lessons.

    May 20, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  2. Malory Archer

    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.

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    A more likely scenario is the mods feel sorry for you and don't want to see you embarrassed.

    May 20, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  3. Sheepleherder

    Great way to turn the horrors of lynchings and other demented treatment of blacks into just another cliche. He forgot to include hitler the nazi's and genocide.

    May 20, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  4. ThinkAgain

    @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."

    Yes, back in the day, the Southern racists were the Democrats. When the national Democratic party change its platform and the Repubs forsook Lincoln and became the racists, the racists switched parties.

    Because racism is the be-all and end-all for those ignorant loonies!

    May 20, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    I love seeing the weak-minded attempt to argue with their revisionist history about this country, putting every evil on the Democratic Party. The fact is that there is only one openly KKK presidential candidate in History, and that was David Duke in 1992, although Warren harding may have become a memeber while in the White House. The head of the KKK in 1980 referred to the GOP platform as " A platform a Klansman can be proud of." The white supremicists in the US have long felt the GOP was closer to them on issues for decades: George Wallace made a naked appeal to racists all over the country during his run in 1968, before jumping ship to the GOP. The modern KKK made a blatant appeal to people based upon maintaining public morals, and using any means to maintain them, including beatings, torture and murder. Their beliefs and methods have far more in common with the Family Research Council than Planned Parenthood, which is probably why the Southern Poverty Law Center sees them in the same light as the Aryan Nations and the Militia movement. That is who is aligned with the GOP.

    May 20, 2013 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    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 !!!

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    Considering your ilk believes all black people are lazy & shiftless and living off YOUR tax dollars that should make you happy.

    May 20, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. skarphace

    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."

    If your comment didn't get posted, then why were we able to read your inane comment?

    Take history, Dave, and you will find out where those "Dixiecrats" who supported segregation went to after the Civil Rights legislation was passed: the Republican Party, where they are still to this day. The very people you are criticising are Republicans, but you are just too stupid to realize it.

    May 20, 2013 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    I'd like to have a conversation with E.W. Jackson to let him know that if it weren't for the affordable cancer screening Planned Parenthood offers, I might not be here today – along with my three children.

    And if he really wants to reduce the number of unplanned pregnancies among his black followers, he should push for more accessible and affordable birth control – or tell the men to keep it in their pants!

    May 20, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Chester.Davis

    Man I thought that I have seen and heard everything but this one is over the hill, how much did he get paid to make a fool out of him self. He is going to fit right in with the Reb. My God what has happen to this country.

    May 20, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    He was absolutely correct.

    May 20, 2013 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. skarphace

    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."

    I didn't check your numbers, but if what you are saying is correct, you realize that you just proved that Planned Parenthood is not racist, right? Just checking.

    May 20, 2013 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  12. RhondaGOPTea

    It's Republicanswho are like the KKK, condemning minorities to a lifetime of slave wages & no hope for a public school education. The GOP wants loads of babies who will be forced to accept low wage jobs for factories owned by rich Republicans who fight against healthcare and retirement benefits. GOP needs "breeders" of any race.

    May 20, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. CherryMama

    Planned Parenthood is an absolute good. If more people visited them before they got busy, there would be no need for abortions, or children born to parents who don't want them, or are not capable of caring for them. (Don't give me the whole 'they do abortions' speech. Give them a visit before the fact, not after)

    May 20, 2013 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. Historian

    -The Real Tom Paine
    Repudiated the racists..like Robert Byrd? Like LBJ. Like Hilary. How about repudiating the religious intolerance? As I stated before, I do not belong to or attend church but I am constantly amazed how the so called party of tolerance is so intolerant to anyone who has religious beliefs (except of course Muslims). Why is there never any cries for racism when a black republican is slandered and smeared yet if you disagree with socialist policies of Obama you are a racist?

    May 20, 2013 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  15. ed dugan

    Every so often the black community plays a joke on the rest of us, maybe as payback for discrimination. He's one of them.

    May 20, 2013 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Can't wait to see the Guns Over People tea potty send the blondes after Jackson when the nutjobs vote for him.

    May 20, 2013 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. Thomas

    The Republican Party and Ronald Reagan supported Apartide .

    FACT !

    May 20, 2013 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  18. ed dugan

    He is just one in a long list including Adam Clayton Powell, Jesse Jackson, Jr. and his father, Al Sharpton, Father Divine, Maxine Waters, and a whole slew of others. They dump these losers on us as payback for slavery. I think they ae way ahead of that game!

    May 20, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  19. snoozie

    So, Planned Parenthood is like the KKK because PP kills black babies? PP helps women of all colors get abortions if they want one. Is it less of a slavery situation to NOT provide a place for safe WANTED abortions? To MAKE black (or any) women HAVE to give birth? To make women have to have babies would be the real slavery situation and he is calling for that.

    May 20, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  20. skarphace

    Bottom line: making all abortions illegal would not decrease the number of abortions, it would merely make it much more risky to have an abortion because you would have to rely on a a doctor that was willing to break the law. Roe v Wade made it safer to have an abortion, it did not make the choice any easier. Every single woman who faces that choice knows first hand how tough that choice is.

    Republicans want that choice to be made by white, male, elite, politicians. Democrats want that choice to be between a woman, her family, her friends, her doctor, and experts in the field. This is why Republicans have and will continue to lose on this issue, regardless of "Conservative Christians" like Jackson who place the life of a fetus above the life of the mother and who want our civil laws based on their version of "God's Law".

    May 20, 2013 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. skarphace

    Historian: "Repudiated the racists..like Robert Byrd? Like LBJ. Like Hilary. How about repudiating the religious intolerance? As I stated before, I do not belong to or attend church but I am constantly amazed how the so called party of tolerance is so intolerant to anyone who has religious beliefs (except of course Muslims). Why is there never any cries for racism when a black republican is slandered and smeared yet if you disagree with socialist policies of Obama you are a racist?"

    For a commenter calling himself "Historian", you sure are proving yourself ignorant of history.

    May 20, 2013 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. judith

    Those who make the statement that the Democrats started the KKK have no understanding of history and how the parties have changed over the last century or so. Republicans now stand with the worst instincts of Southerners and have alienating African-Americans. Democrats, under LBJ, supported the civil right act and drove most white Southerners straight into the arms of Richard Nixon–hence the "southern strategy" which has ensured a "red South" for the last several decades. Are conservatives too obtuse to understand how the parties have changed? As for abortion, it's the right of every woman, regardless of race, to choose to terminate an unwanted pregnancy. Also, does the world really need all the millions of unwanted children to add to an overcrowded planet? Are the anti-choice people promising to support these unwanted fetuses, once they pass through the birth canal and become actual children?

    May 20, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Randy W

    Can we please just have one politician who doesn't try to build their political platform on a cross? Pretty please? Doesn't it concern anyone that while the nation's percentage of citizens who define themselves as atheist, agnostic or non-denominational or at least non-Christian is growing daily, a vast majority all of our elected officials still identify as Christian/Catholic and tend to legislate based on their faith? Doesn't that bother anyone? I'm not saying politicians shouldn't be able to engage in or celebrate religious practices, but don't you get tired of having it be the forefront of their politics, right in your face?

    May 20, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  24. DE

    With a national average 100 IQ it is quite obvious why there are so many stupid conservatives in congress. The combined IQ average of voters who vote for Republicans is 96.3. The combined IQ average of voters who vote for Democrats is 104. (This IQ data is based on SAT/ACT test scores, you can’t argue that). When you have 2 digit IQ conservatives voting it stands to reason they will vote for 2 digit IQ congressmen, and that is quite obvious by some of the totally and ridiculously stupid comments made by republican congressmen. You get more much intelligent congressmen when triple digit IQ Democrats vote and elect triple digit IQ congressmen.

    May 20, 2013 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Ferret out the BS

    Dave in Houston, before you go spouting off things you have no clue on perhaps you should do some research. I pasted a link so you could get some real information rather than made up in whatever universe you live in. http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nvsr/nvsr61/nvsr61_06.pdf.

    May 20, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
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