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. Vicki

    That is absurd. The religious conservation right wing is the KKK attacking Planned Parenthood. This man will do well with the right wing although since he is black he could end up like Herman Cain who ended up being a joke.

    May 20, 2013 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  2. Zenger Folkman

    What a goofball. Does he really think anyone buys his argument? Where idid he go to law school, Oral Roberts U?

    May 20, 2013 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  3. ztom

    Not everyone in the GOP is KKK, but everyone who is KKK is in the GOP. Can you imagine a KKK person voting Democrat today? Right...

    May 20, 2013 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  4. Polijukie

    I hate it when the GOP gets " The Black Guy" to do their dirty work. No E.W. the GOP is more like the KKK.

    May 20, 2013 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  5. goblackhawks

    Hey Vicki ... look up Margaret Sanger and Eugenics .... If you actually find out who started Planned Parenthood and the reason why ... you might get a little education. You need it.. Folks like you are very jejune

    May 20, 2013 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  6. Jo black

    Let's hope when they auction Jackson off in the fall, nobody buys.

    May 20, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  7. Simon

    Why all the buzz? He is correct!

    May 20, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  8. ritmocojo

    I campare the Klan more to the GOP than to PP.

    May 20, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  9. abnguy

    He is 100% right. Look up the founder and Democrat darling Margret Sanger. Some of her quotes and writings will make you shake your head in wonder. It is like Mein Kampf for Americal.

    May 20, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. strangerq

    Very few Blacks in the KKK and the GOP.

    Why is that?

    May 20, 2013 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Big El 42

    "...Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to black lives than the KKK ever was..."

    This guy is a clown.... his parents should be ashamed..what a disgrace...

    May 20, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  12. DustyOnes

    Planned Parenthood is racist...

    May 20, 2013 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  13. Demigod Vadik, CA

    KKK is a hate group...

    ...Planned Parenthood is an organization providing healthcare counseling to women...

    ...WOW, same thing...

    May 20, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  14. GnatB

    Interesting and accurate analogy. Though those who have a stake in continuing this "genocide" will no doubt see it differently. Me, I've always thought of it more like Nazi germany. Deciding an inconvenient person isn't human so that you feel less/no guilt when the inconvenience is removed.

    But, of course, the counterargument is they don't see them as human. Which is precisely the point. Calling them non-human to absolve themselves. That may actually be the bigger crime.

    May 20, 2013 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  15. Pest

    Forcing someone to harbor an unwanted organism (human or otherwise) inside his/her body is slavery. Anti-abortionists get the slavery comparison backwards.

    May 20, 2013 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. MoveForward

    Only a loon would compare them. E.W. Jackson now qualifies as a loon.

    May 20, 2013 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. erika

    Why the hell does the republican party have to b interlinked with religous wackos.?

    May 20, 2013 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  18. Sanity Check

    So typical, when a man of color realizes that the Democrats and liberals are using them and trying to keep them poor, uneducated, and tool of liberal left, the left tries to lynch him and anyone who comes to his aid. Seems his statement that planned parenthood has killed more children of color than the KKK ever did is true, you might not like the comparison, but anyone who you would compare to that would kill that many people would upset the liberals anyway.

    May 20, 2013 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. jazzgrrl58

    dj: “PP is getting rich off of the elimination of black children of which one might have been he next researcher that finds a cure for cancer, great teacher, or political figure that would of been a great leader”
    You don’t get it, dj. When a woman chooses not to carry her pregnancy to term, what the child could have been is a moot point. Denying a woman reproductive choices isn’t going to magically turn her into Suzy Homemaker, or bring out some latent maternal tendencies. For all you know, a woman who chooses to terminate her pregnancy could, after becoming free of the burden of an unwanted pregnancy, become the next researcher, teacher, or leader, herself.

    May 20, 2013 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  20. NameMick

    What a right wing brain washed mouthpiece. The KKK deals in hate, not helping those who need it. Planned Parenthood helps all people, regardless of race. Shame on this goofball. He represents a new low, even for the southern religious fanatical GOP.

    May 20, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  21. Jim

    Finally a fine representative of the black community can recognize that the communist democratic party is what it is. a black baby killing machine. the women who run the planned parenthood have rgasisms for each and every one of God's children that they can slaughter so that their preferred white babies can have a good life at their expense. Sebelius is the Grand Pooh Pah of baby killers wwith her pact with the devil.

    May 20, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  22. skarphace

    lroy: "He is correct of course."

    Oh. Thanks. Glad you cleared that up. There should be no more argument, then? Only your opinion counts? Got it.

    May 20, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  23. Johnjon

    GOP, open mouth........... insert foot. how's that tasting?

    May 20, 2013 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  24. ARob

    Shameless and pathetic. Besides, everyone knows the KKK votes Republican.

    May 20, 2013 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  25. skarphace

    If you want to figure out which party supports the racist agenda, just look to which party the racists congregate. Would anybody in the KKK or White Supremist movement support the Democrats and Obama?

    Clearly not. To a man, they support the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. Merely trying to imagine somebody with a swastika or confederate flag or "4WP" bumper sticker or NRA t-shirt claiming that Obama is a great President is ludicrous.

    May 20, 2013 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
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