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. Epacific

    Conservatives will tell you that they are the most compassionate people around. . . except when a young woman, desperate to rid herself of an unwanted pregnancy, has to resort to a coat hanger for an abortion and two lives are lost in the process. Does this satisfy the ethics of Teapublicans? Does this satiate the right's so-called family values? This is a matter of reality- not the Republican's policing of bedrooms.

    Then a six-term republican, Senator Akin, talks about "legitimate rape"! This is not a slip of the tongue people: he was trying to differentiate between what he perceives as different kinds of rapes while the fact that ALL rapes are bad is something that he just doesn't get. Furthermore, he is under the impression that the rape will somehow take care of itself, resulting in no pregnancy. Senator Akin, have you talked to any women who have become pregnant via rape? Oh, I guess they don't count since it wasn't a "legitimate rape".

    And now we have this rising republican who says that Planned Parenthood is like the KKK! Good luck with the female vote GOP!

    May 20, 2013 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    Thank you the real Tom Paine......

    May 20, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Badua

    Look this guy is a jerk. Head with no brain. I am black educated woman and I want to make my own decision about any part
    of my body. This guy claims Christianity. How many girl friends did he take before marrying his wife, if he has any. Did he has any intimate with any of the them, If so to me he is not a Christian at all. He preaches to make money and that is it. All these republicans are using God for their own interest. If Republicans are Chrisitans, proof it by taking care of poor of people. They are too selfish.

    May 20, 2013 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  4. joegoofinoff

    The KKK had/has nothing but the best interests of black people at heart. They always tried to help good loyal blacks and protect them against the bad blacks.

    May 20, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  5. Wes Scott

    Once again, RepubliKKKlans speak and reveal the true nature of their Fascist agenda.

    May 20, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  6. bppack

    sounds like a mainstream republican to me.

    May 20, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  7. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    Take notice ladies, the GOP is not your friend. "Freedom" for them translates to "freedom to all men", women are an just there to follow and obey. After all, they don't seem to need preventive medical care. How about giving the boys' club a rude awakening? The ball is in your court.

    May 20, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  8. Quid Malmborg in Plano TX

    The KKK ought to use this clown in a recruiting campaign.

    May 20, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  9. GOP at it again

    the GOP elected Obama in '08 and again in '12. They are on their way to elect Hillary in the next election.

    May 20, 2013 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. cali girl

    Looks like those people in the pictures behind him are rolling over in their graves right now.

    May 20, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  11. rbwphd

    So sad to see this. Reverend Jackson clearly has his own agenda. George Wallace was originally a moderate who then turned to segregation to get the vote in Alabama, which he later apologized for on his deathbed. If Jackson is elected lieutenant governor then God have mercy on Virginia's voters.

    May 20, 2013 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  12. Sam

    Too bad that most Americans think the Republican Party is more like the KKK than Planned Parenthood is.

    And for somebody who attended Harvard Law School, Jackson surely is one of the stupidest people I've ever seen. I guess that's why he'd make a good Republican.

    May 20, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  13. 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..

    May 20, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  14. Ferret out the BS

    PP provides many services to women's health that may not otherwise be available in a high cost medical clinic. However I have yet to see any comparison to the deaths of both women and fetuses through abortion prior to Roe V Wade. The fact remains that if a pregnant women wants to abort the fetus she can have it done now, of her own choosing, in a supervised legal medical setting rather than a back room butcher.

    May 20, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  15. Still Alive Because of PP

    Regardless of how it PP started or your personal opinion of Margaret Sanger, PP does so much more than most conservatives would care to admit.

    In 1998 I was a single mother of 2, low income – just getting by. Had it not been for the at cost Pap that I was able to receive I would not have known I had cervical cancer.

    Because of PP and that test I'm here today – I was able to complete my task as mom and now I'm enjoying the role of Nana to 2 beautiful little girls. I hope the program is there for either of them should they ever need it.

    Regarding this man's statements and this story; who would he have pay for all those children born to poor young women? Isn't it his party that's so dead set against any social support programs? I'm sorry, I just don't understand that logic.

    May 20, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  16. Matthew Kilburn

    "except when a young woman, desperate to rid herself of an unwanted pregnancy, has to resort to a coat hanger for an abortion and two lives are lost in the process."

    Or, perhaps, we could recognize that not every pregnancy is intentional, and not every pregnancy is desired, but that all lives are valuable and a mistake or carelessness or even a simple accident should not result in a death sentence upon the unborn child? I'm very concerned about the number of unwanted pregnancies in this country...except that I'm far more concerned about they "unwanted" rather than the "pregnancy". Why are we still treating children like the plague? They are the future of our society.

    Planned Parenthood, when founded, was clearly eugenicist in nature. Today, they more or less carry out the same mission, albeit with different stated goals. PP never met a pregnancy it wasn't more than happy to see done away with. And the result today is that half or more of pregnancies in some, mainly minority, communities can end in abortion.

    Until this country wakes up and starts to realize the vital role children play in preserving our future, we're in for a very rough road.

    May 20, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  17. t3chn0ph0b3

    These guys always seem to ignore that between 25% and 40% of aborted fetuses would have miscarried anyway.

    May 20, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  18. Hamburger Jones

    "Who was the party that championed the Jim Crow south?" Dixie-crats. The rest of the Democratic Party let them do what they wanted down there as long as the fifty white legal voters in each state voted Democrat. This lasted into the Sixties, when the Democrats cleaned house and all the racists went over to the Republicans. The thing about history is that it's mostly stories about Grampaw doing ignorant stuff because it was all he knew back then. . .

    May 20, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  19. Fuzzy Thinker

    I would favor a new rule: Abortion comes with Tube Cutting of Female and Male.

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

    God bless Pastor Jackson and all the other Christians, black white and everything else in between!

    May 20, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  21. Mark

    Looks like the next decade is going to be full of GOP that are giving the rest of us a bad name.
    This guy is an idiot.

    May 20, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  22. sly

    ho ho ho ... the KKK is called the Tea Party today, but they murder a lot less black folks now.

    Thank the good Lord the wisest men in this country, the Supreme Court, realized that abortion is a womans right.

    Nice to read a bit of good news.

    May 20, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  23. us_1776

    GOP trots out one of its token black guys to read one of its messages from the 1950's.

    Yeah, Uh huh. That's gonna work.


    May 20, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  24. Wake up People!

    I'm just curious.... Is PP now dragging people from their homes during the night and forcing them to have abortions???

    May 20, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  25. stopdumbness

    Just Watch A Video Called the MAAFA 21 , and you will see that he is absolutely correct. Abortion is there way of ridding society of what they feel is unwanted Liabilities. the Lady (cant recall her Name right Now is an admitted eugenesis . Hitler was a Big time Fan of her writing and ideas of race elimination.. he even put of her ideas to work in those camps. If you really cared about this subject you would watch this video. I was definitive one who felt that women should make there own choices, and still do. But this Video made me total against it and it also proves with out a doubt that Planned Parent hood are racist and hate Blacks. why don't you ever see abortion clinics in the Middle class or rich Communities ? Why are they just concentrated in the Black, Hispanics, and Poor Communities?

    May 20, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
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