Virginia GOP nominee compared Planned Parenthood to KKK
May 19th, 2013
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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. Bermille

    Because millions of women rely on them for their services? Really?

    May 20, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Richard Right

    Interesting view. You could also correctly say that planned parenthood is also responsible for more black deaths than occurred during capture and transit of African slaves from1630 to 1860.

    May 20, 2013 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  3. dbrow

    He isn't far from the truth of the original Planned Parent Hood founder, Margaret Sanger. People should do some research on her views of race.

    May 20, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Barry

    How dare this ulra-right wing, redneck supporting, history revisionists stand in front pictures of true Black leaders and American heros, of which he will be niether.

    May 20, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Chris

    Really? I guess they're tired of comparing everything they don't agree with to Hitler. Now everything is the KKK... makes total sense.

    May 20, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  6. RCM

    E.W. Jackson is a fool, and will attract some votes from the other fools.

    May 20, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  7. Luke

    First, he did not say Planned Parenthood is like the KKK he said it killed more blacks than the KKK, a factually correct statement if you believe a viable fetus is another name for an unborn child. There is also a reason most planned parenthoods are in minority neighborhoods, its founder Margaret Sanger was a firm believer in controling the populations of who she deem undesirable especially blacks. A friend of the KKK and advocate of limited genecide Sanger's vision lives on in the organization she founded.

    This is artical is aimed at headline readers of low intelligence. Misleading and biased it is meant to degrade those that speak out against abortion, especially late term ones. If you logically feel there is no difference between a fetus who could live outside the whom than you must come to one of two conclusions: Either many of the abortions done in clinics are essentirally murder or the killing babies is ethical. Gosnell came to the second conclusion. An undercover investigation of Planned Parenthood showed many of their clinics agree with him.

    May 20, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. weezer

    LOL – these people are so funny. I WILL be impressed if Rush wears a EW Jackson t-shirt however.

    May 20, 2013 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  9. Tony

    Huge hints for Republicans: people really don't like you when you insult them. Calling them "slavish" is like calling them slaves. Getting a black person to insult the black people for you is not going to help you in the next election.

    May 20, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. NeedsOfTheMany

    It is DEMOCRATIC party. Any democrat that is not offended by the use of the name of their party should be ashamed of themselves.

    May 20, 2013 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Joe Rockbottom

    Planned parenthood is necessary because the right wing refuses to educate their young about how babies are made, and how to use contraception. Withou planned parenthood, there would be millions more unwanted children born each year. Thank god for planned parenthood. They take over the role of the adults that the right wing refuses to take responsibility for.

    May 20, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  12. Curtis

    As a black man I find it comical that most people on here commenting about this man is white. You guys are bashing him for speaking the truth. Most people on here are closet racists, whenever a black man leaves the plantation your true feeling come out. The racist Margaret Sanger hated black people and wanted population control. This is a fact. PP are exterminating black at an alarming rate and all of you closet racist have to say is "this guy is a nut.'?

    May 20, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  13. GAYVET

    So this "preacher" is supposed to represent "Christ" huh? What's this deal about "BLACK CHRISTIAN"? If you are Christian, then you are not supposed to define each other by color, as all God's children are equal, & not limited by their skin tone. Furthermore as a Puerto Rican, whose ancestry is Spanish(slave traders), African Slaves, & a few local Indian tribes, I will take on this idiot & hate monger. millions of slaves from Africa died(some studies say up to 1/3) on the way here to the Americas, not just here. Furthermore the slave owners & the system they set up broke down the family unit to include dissolving marriages & not even allowing many to marry, creating the bull/stud/stallion breeder African male slave to mate with as many women as possible destabilizing the foundation of African family tribal traditions, etc. etc. etc. Now to answer why we minorities are Democrats, that's simple. The 60's is when the Democratic Party went after our votes opened up their party to us. We marched! We protested! We suffered! We bled! We died for the right to vote! Our votes are not for sale! We will ride this donkey as far as it will take us. When it's time to get off, we will got off, not until then. We are not confused about these truths. We know our history & no Uncle Tom fake preacher is gonna get in the way of our destiny.

    May 20, 2013 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  14. The Real Tom Paine

    -Peoples State of Illinois

    Let PP keep giving those abortions to the urban youth. Helps keeps the population of "undesirables," under control.
    Wow. A real flyspeck comment, and from someone who should know better.

    May 20, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  15. LouieD

    E.W. Jackson sounds like he's big on exploiting race and children. This and his slavish devotion to the Republic party make him more of a danger to our values as a society than NAMBLA ever was!

    May 20, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  16. h2oman36

    Look up Margaret Sanger, Planned Parethood's Founder.

    May 20, 2013 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  17. The Real Tom Paine

    You know, I remember the rationale for nominating Dan Quayle to be Bush 41's VP: because he was good looking, he would make the ticket and the party more appealling to women. That idea went over like a lead balloon. The idea that having a person who's views are anathema to most blacks and other minorities as a nominee simply because he can parrot the same failed appeals is the GOP's attempt at playing race card. They do this, over and and over and over again, hoping for a different result: how is the batting average so far, Righties?

    May 20, 2013 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  18. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't think the KKK offered much in the way of choice
    Sure they did: Tree branch or barn rafter? Whipped or dragged to death? Drowned in your car or burned in your house?

    May 20, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  19. MCN


    Your assertion "The number of abortions that Planned Parenthood performs annually is statistically insignificant" is absolutely false, and embarrassingly so. PP's most recent annual report reveals that it performed nearly 334,000 abortions in its 2011-2012 fiscal year. That is approximately 25% of all abortions in the US.

    Let's ses if you have the integrity to retract your erroneous statement.

    May 20, 2013 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  20. Kerrybiantulip

    I remember the recent story about a man tricking his girlfriend into taking an abortion pill. I find it so unfortunate that he's facing manslaughter charges in that case.

    I honestly believe that if a woman becomes pregnant and chooses to carry to term, she should be legally required to have the father sign a document that says they're a willing participant in the birth. That they're willing to take responsibility for the baby and pay child support.

    Too many women in this world use pregnancy to force a man they're involved with to be stuck with them for life. My brother's 'wife' did just that, getting pregnant on purpose because she knew he'd marry her. It's as much his fault for not doing the smart thing and practicing 'safe sex'.

    I think a legally binding document would be ideal. Woman's pregnant? Have him sign. No signature? No involvement from the man. You're on your own.

    May 20, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  21. Name canary in the mine

    Statistically,African Americans have a very low rate of pregnancy terminations;if Mr.Foot-in-Mouth(E.W.Jackson)-hasn't been living under a rock the last 40yrs.he knows that!!And if he REALLY thinks theres a plot afoot by the white Man to destroy his race,he needs pyschiatric help;thats classic paranoia!!

    May 20, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  22. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I know one thing, I'm pretty certain that M. L. King, Booker T. Washington, Frederick Douglass and Harriett Tubman wanted to "reach out, reach out and "choke" someone" in that photo above, if you know what I mean.

    May 20, 2013 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  23. muri

    All this stupid social morality crap will totally sound better if we just have one of the 3 not white guys still associated with our ilk to say it.

    I am no fan of the current administration but you guys on the right might want to seriously rethink the approach.

    May 20, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. The Real Tom Paine


    The KKK/GOP references are interesting since the KKK originated by Threatening and Murdering White and Black republicans to suppress the Black vote and force the Republicans out of office in favor of Segregation Democrats.
    For someone claiming to be a historian, you seem remarkable ignorant of the roll conservatives played in reviving the Klan in the last century, and willingness the GOP displayed in welcoming the conservative Democrats into their party over the last 50 years. Or could it be that you just simply choose the omit the more recent history in an effort to paint a false impression that the Democratic party still tolerates the racism of the KKK while ignoring where they are now? Simply putting in a token candidate in a position of no real responsibility is not a sign of progress for the Conservative movement: if they were serious about this, they would have pushed his candidacy ahead of the VA AG.

    May 20, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  25. Sheila

    there's no comparison – but this nation needs planned parenthood – Certainly you don't think if they done away with, or cut P.P. to the bone, you surely wouldn't think the republicans are going to "pick up the slack" do you ? What would they do, if every baby was born, no matter how sick, or no matter if it hurt the mother, in any / way / shape or form / do u think they (the repubs) would spend enough money to take care of them ?

    May 20, 2013 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
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