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. bible thumper

    Finally an African American willing to speak the truth. It's time American wake up and realized what a devastating effect planned parenthood has had on this nation. It's amazing that this nation doesn't care that doctors like Kermit Gosnell murdered babies for decades and nobody cares. Federal , state and local governmentrs protect these monsters and the people don't care. 3 people die in blast, another 50 are injured and we should overhaul our whole government.

    May 20, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. mitchgam

    Just when you think that the Republican leadership gets that insulting the majority of Americans with outrageous statements and doubling down on crazy is not the way to win elections, they let another one of them slip through the cracks.

    It is almost as if the Democrats are now writing speeches for Republicans.

    May 20, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. Mike Texoma

    Republican party pillars who attended the convention voted for and chose this man as their nominee. Maybe I'm a dim bulb, but I can't imagine why anyone who seeks political power in the real world would do such a thing.

    May 20, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  4. vincent

    Did Planned Parenthood go around and Lynch People?? Even people who were minding their own business but happen to be a different color? I think this Gentlemen needs some Enlightment and take a Real History Lesson.

    May 20, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Roallin

    Current deficit: $16,745,640,552,514.61. That makes the the PP funding less than .0000000298% of the deficit. Yea.... You go right ahead and fix all of our fiscal problems by cutting their funding. – True, by itself, this isn't much. But cutting funding to PP is definitely a start. Don't get me wrong, I believe woman should have the choice, but the choice should not involve tax-payers money. It is ironic how feminists and liberals want the government "out of their bedrooms," but are so willing to take tax money to support their decisions.

    May 20, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. sandrabaum@comcast.net

    They're really getting desperate.

    May 20, 2013 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  7. RF

    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.
    Does anyone else see a problem here?

    May 20, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  8. Larry L

    @
    May 20, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |

    FubarObama

    Nice.. I agree with him wholeheartedly
    ====================
    Then you would be wrong. No tax dollars go to fund abortions – it's against the law. It's like the "birther" fools... when no amount of actual fact can overcome racism and hate. The right-wingers want freedom and smaller government – as long as they have the right to control private decisions best made between a woman and her doctor.

    May 20, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Loathstheright

    Republicans have alienated most of the country with their insanity....heck, I won't even let them in my yard now days.

    May 20, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. DW

    Sure, I'd believe a comparison between the KKK and the GOP( they have lots of the same members), but Planned Parenthood? This guy really should try getting his knowledge from somewhere other than Fox news.

    May 20, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Historian

    Yes the "radical social agenda " of not justifying the murder of babies.
    Freedom of religion....unless your religion disagrees with the left.
    The man is speaking the truth.

    May 20, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  12. CA Liberal

    Another tea party nut job. Where do they find these guys? I'm thinking that the tea party is tearing the republicans apart. And since the Koch bros are feeding them money then the Koch bros are funding the republicans into obsolescence, thus shooting themselves in the foot. How appropriate.

    May 20, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  13. BW80209

    what part of MY BODY/MY CHOICE don't the republicans or anybody else against choice don't they get??? it is NO ONE'S business what someone else does with their body–it's their CHOICE-not mine or anyone else's. i've never heard of PP lynching anyone. for shame on this "man" to even compare the 2

    May 20, 2013 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Dave

    Sounds crazy even by Republican standards.

    May 20, 2013 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. RR

    I can't think of a better candidate for the GOP than this guy. Please give us more like him. He's a gift from Jesus himself to the Dems.

    May 20, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Kelly

    @bible thumper
    Finally an African American willing to speak the truth. It's time American wake up and realized what a devastating effect planned parenthood has had on this nation. It's amazing that this nation doesn't care that doctors like Kermit Gosnell murdered babies for decades and nobody cares. Federal , state and local governmentrs protect these monsters and the people don't care. 3 people die in blast, another 50 are injured and we should overhaul our whole government.
    ______________________________________________________________________________________

    If nobody cares, then why was he convicted of murder? What he did was wrong, and we have laws that state to the matter. I don't understand why this is a talking point. It was illegal to end the late term pregnancies and we can all agree about that. One case does not mean that the whole practice should be dismantled. With that logic, then guns should definitely all be taken away. One guy miss-used his weapon, let's take them all away! (note, the sarcasm)

    As to your point about 3 people dying in a blast and we should overhaul our whole government... I am assuming you are referring to Benghazi. Which then confuses me... are you mad at the Dems about abortion practices, or are you mad at the Repubs for their foolish witch hunt on Benghazi? You are all over the place.

    May 20, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  17. agFinder

    The truth is having a terrible time in America right now in favor of just saying what feels good. Can any of this man's detractors refute his claim that Planned Parenthood has facilitated the deaths of more African-American babies than the KKK? Before you lump me into a category and attack (the preferred mode of 'argument' among so many of today's liberals), I'm not a Republican and I am pro-choice. One thing which leaves me out-of-step with many, many Democrats, however, is that I definitely know how to think. Stay on topic, focus, and answer my question. Prove that Planned Parenthood has *not* played a part in more black deaths than the KKK.

    May 20, 2013 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  18. Brad

    I hear they are looking for volunteers to go to Mars, heck lets send the whole republican party...., maybe not, if there are ET's there they will think that Earth is not inhabited by intelligent beings afteer seeing these Repubics.

    May 20, 2013 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  19. Wake up People!

    I'm just wondering.... When exactly did P P start lynching, breaking into others homes, dragging innocent blacks out from their houses and hanging them from trees.....

    Oh yeah, then bringing their families to watch the hanging while eating a picnic lunch and taking pictures...... And telling their children to watch, that this is their history.......

    May 20, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  20. RAWoD

    Convince yourself that the GOP is self destructing - just listen to them. What garbage.

    May 20, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. amnesia

    I can ALMOST believe that the tea party is actually a democrat conspiracy created to ensure the republicans dont get elected by replacing normal nominees with fascists.

    May 20, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  22. Kelly

    @Roallin
    Current deficit: $16,745,640,552,514.61. That makes the the PP funding less than .0000000298% of the deficit. Yea.... You go right ahead and fix all of our fiscal problems by cutting their funding. – True, by itself, this isn't much. But cutting funding to PP is definitely a start. Don't get me wrong, I believe woman should have the choice, but the choice should not involve tax-payers money. It is ironic how feminists and liberals want the government "out of their bedrooms," but are so willing to take tax money to support their decisions.
    _________________________________________________________________________________

    The government funding is NOT used for abortions. It is used for cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment and well-women appts (that also include pregnancy PREVENTIONS like birth control – unless more unwanted pregnancies sound like a good idea to you). So, cutting the funding to PP will not HELP our country... it will HURT. A lot of impoverished women depend on PP, it is not just a drive-thru abortion clinic. Less than 3% of their practice it abortion. Sit down and shut up.

    May 20, 2013 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  23. Historian

    I am not a member of the Tea Party. I do not own a gun. (never have, never will). I do not belong to or go to a church. I live in Boston (previously NYC). Historically this man is telling the truth.

    In any responses to my comment please avoid the dogmatic buzzwords that are in every response
    (NRA, religious nut job,Bush, Koch brothers)

    May 20, 2013 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  24. Mike

    Funny that he would use the KKK as a negative example when the KKK supports the republican party.

    May 20, 2013 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  25. Joe M.

    I disagree. The KKK is a much more respectable group than planned parenthood. I'm a Republican and historn of the KKK. I believe that the KKK gets a bad rap due to the racism. But the KKK has supported many other legitimate causes. Liberals and Planned Parenthood are a joke.

    May 20, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
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