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. My10Cents

    Yup. Planned Parenthood; midnight meetings where everyone is attired in their own clothes, with giant flaming binkies to gather around while they lynch the guy that doesn't want his baby and shout on about segregating those that want babies from those that don't. This guys is a "face" for the GOP. His platform is about votes and not people. If he cares so much about blacks why isn't he talking what is really harming minorities; abysmal education systems that result in a lack of employment and growth opportunities. Instead we get this ignorant rail against Planned Parenthood because they provide abortions, they also specialize in women's healthcare, but women don't count for the GOP unless they are having an abortion.

    May 20, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  2. Chutzpah

    Thanks, Mr. Jackson, for my daily reminder of just how morally depraved you GOP jackals are.

    May 20, 2013 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. RL

    There is not one KKK member in this country who will vote for a democrat; they are part of the republican base, along with white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

    May 20, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  4. Hamburger Jones

    "But this Video made me total against it" Perhaps you should look more closely at Mark Crutcher before you sign up to be one of his little soldiers. You don't actually think he's an unbiased source, do you? Come on, what you are saying is that you watched a propaganda film, like one made by Michael Moore, and were convinced. Try watching a pro-abortion propaganda film and see if it convinces you back? Or just think for yourself next time?

    May 20, 2013 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine


    -The Real Tom Paine
    Repudiated the 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?
    Robert Byrd was the last of his kind, and he did reject the racism that launced his career. Its very telling, as well, that his state consistently cites race as a reason for not supporting the president even when his policies benefit them. As far as the charge of intolerance is concerned, the Religious Right was ginning up the base when it became apparent Obama would be the nominee in 2008, and it was with the same coded langnage of the Strom Thurmond era. So-called Christians have been burning Korans and attempting to block people from worshipping as they see fit without condemnation from the Religious Right, and often with their tacit or outright support: its not Christians that are under attack, but quite the opposite. If you claim to be objective on the subject of religion ( which I doubt you are) than you have to recognize the level of intolerance displayed by many so-called people of faith towards others that disagree with them. We don't disagree with a black conservative because of their race, we disagree with them because of their beliefs, which is quite different. I have never understood the persection complex the Right has, when they have usually been the first to resort to violent language or deeds: what is it that you are so afraid of? If you think socialism is doing something to make sure that a third of our country is not in perpetual poverty and has a better shot of making it, then I guess I am a socialist. Every person who's father used the GI Bill to better himself must be a socialist, according to your logic. Does giving people a decent shot in life, a chance, somehow make you anti-American?

    May 20, 2013 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  6. Chris

    planned parenthoods founder from margret sanger herself ."I accepted an invitation to talk to the women's branch of the Ku Klux Klan...I saw through the door dim figures parading with banners and illuminated crosses...I was escorted to the platform, was introduced, and began to speak...In the end, through simple illustrations I believed I had accomplished my purpose. A dozen invitations to speak to similar groups were proffered." (Margaret Sanger: An Autobiography, P.366

    May 20, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  7. RL

    skarphace; Refering to Obama as a socialist just lets everyone know that you have no idea what a socialist is. A record stock market and record corporate profits! If he is a socialist he is a really bad one. Get some edcuation.

    May 20, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  8. Hamburger Jones

    " Are conservatives too obtuse to understand how the parties have changed? " Glenn Beck would say none of that ever happened, and that you have been taught false history in your government-run school, and that if you only knew about Reverend Thomas Jefferson's true role in our country's history, your eyes would bug out. Why, Paul Revere nearly let the British conquer us, and if Patrick Henry hadn't bombed Tokyo, the Commies would be in charge right now. Ask Sarah Palin about it.

    May 20, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  9. sly

    God has spoken to the wisest men in America – the Supreme Court, and He told them: "Abortion is a womans right".

    Praise the Lord.

    May 20, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  10. reasonablebe

    this guy sure comes across as off the wall, but what else is new? wonder if he plans to use his pulpit/church to tell people who to vote for? wouldn't that make the church no longer eligible for tax exemption?

    May 20, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. Steve Newman

    The guy sounds like an illiterate Tea Party member. The 'Democrat' Party? When are these obnoxious GOPers going to get some class?

    May 20, 2013 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  12. corpsman

    I guess one difference would be that Planned Parenthood never forced anyone to have an abortion. They provide a service for women who choose to use it. The KKK on the other hand, was not know for asking their victims if they wanted to be lynched. Jackson makes a poor analogy.

    May 20, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  13. ryche

    oh look at all the scmbag dems on this board, trying to rewrite history of the democrats racism... its wonderful to be able to reright history huh... all you scmbag racists dems have always been racist... but you hide under the guise of helping. hahahah helping..? you dems are scmbags and always will be.. racist scmbags...

    May 20, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  14. bobby jones

    when is enough is enough on this religious BS, if you believe in god you have a mental disorder or you are a scam artist, no if ands or buts, its not real, and basing our politics on fairy tale is going to ruin us, get rid of these crazies, step up, tell your family, tell you neighbors, it's over, its fake, the end.

    May 20, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. ryche

    The parties haven't changed.. you smbag dems have tried to change it by rewriting it... so that you dont have to claim the wonderful KKK... your southern strategy arguement is weak and always will be... a few democrats running from the racists doesnt change a whole party... you dems own the kkk and are the founders and no amount of "changing parties" is going to change that fact.. so quit trying to erase your scmbag history.. you are all scmbags and always will be..

    May 20, 2013 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  16. Zoe79

    Planned Parenthood doesn't discriminate, it offers services to whoever shows up wanting them. And services aren't just abortions, in fact only 3% of their services are abortion. Men and women of any political affiliation can go for info on STD prevention, condoms, STD tests, health checkups, etc. What the Republican Party fails to realize is that extremist statements just alienate the public more from relating to the GOP and further alienate women, who compromise the majority of the population and as evidenced in this last election, have considerable political sway. It's not a surprise the GOP can't get a candidate elected given that, but what's astonishing is they continue to make the same mistake over and over without learning. The GOP is not going to win over votes by continuing to allow for and back extremist statements or by trying to deprive women of reproductive rights. *news flash*

    May 20, 2013 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  17. liberal = freeloader

    Finally, one good black person!

    May 20, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  18. roe

    Black Repbublican speaks for it self here people. I have conservative economic views which no republican has now. You guys dont want to cut spending. You want to move spending. You guys dont want to see growth. You want to make millions. Its all a ponzi scheme now and everyone is caught in it. Big business owns us and no one will admit it. Its pretty scary coming from both sides.

    May 20, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. disgustedvet

    He's right . Except even the KKK didn't murder millions of bIack babies.

    May 20, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. mindie from indie

    all Teapotty's should be impeached for campaigning on JOBS JOBS JOBS and then once voted in office, did nothing but obstruct, restrict and blame.

    May 20, 2013 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. ABarker

    "which has killed unborn black babies by the tens of millions"

    I abhor planned parenthood, but they didn't kill the babies by themselves. The mothers are just as guilty.

    May 20, 2013 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  22. mindie from indie

    ...killed....unborn black babies by the tens of millions.
    WOW – bit of a stretch isn't it.
    But you can't blame the guy for trying – reaching to the far rightysts of the far rights...

    May 20, 2013 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  23. LOL

    What is so amazing and absolutely hilarious to me is that Black people put themselves in these situations, but before I begin, just a quick disclaimer: I am black, so white people, though your comments are welcome, I advise you to be careful how you comment on this post. Thank you, and again, your feedback is still welcome 🙂 (a little satire to lighten the mood.)
    Anyway, Black people really do have a ridiculous devotion to the democratic party and I personally dont like it. Not because of what it stand for, but simply becuase 75% of Black people have no idea where that devotion comes from, and the ones that do are afraid to admit when their party is changing, sometimes for the worse, and no longer encompass their best interest. BUT, I LOVE MY PEOPLE!!! They just seriously need to be educated. If they are educated on the issues and decide on democrat after that, they you wont hear me on the issue. As for PP, lets be real, if it wasn't for planned parenthood, I know a lot of my friends wouldn't have been using any kind of protection. Why? because they were broke college kids, and PP would come to campus and hand out things like condoms and dental dams.....Its is my personal belief, knowing some of my peers, that PP may be personally responsible for there not being a mini Baby-boom situation on my college campus, lol. I think some people need to take a look outside of their own cushy lives as Harvard Law Grads, and look at the rest of us who are in school, but are having to pay for their own way. Not because we did bad in school, but becuase we were part of the hard working middle, even upper middle-class families that made too much to get any kind of federal financial aid, but didnt make enough to find $3,500 a semester to pay for classes hiding under our mattress.
    The truth of the matter is abortion is wrong... in my eyes, and with a little research in the eyes of the original founder of PP. My father is also a Pastor, and I start Law School in the fall. Hearing someone with a similar backgorund as mine talk about a service he has never had to utilize because there was no other affordable avenue is a little like the millionaire trying to empathize with the pauper. BTW, I'm also a conservative, but I love seeing people speak on situations they have never had to deal with. So liberating. reminds me that everyone doesn't have it together. I mean we could definitely start the ABSTINENCE campaign again... I all for that as well.... but truth is we live in 2013.... and PP has been a safe house for many girls and boys who were too scared to discuss what was happening with their bodies with friends, parents, or even their own personal doctor. Taking is away does an injustice to kids who need that kind of back up JUST IN CASE. Please dont misunderstand, PP is not a crutch, and again at not time in life will I ever condone abortion, but for everything else– all the other services they provide– PP has acted like a safety net to many young, intellectual, gifted, but still human young (and maybe even older) people who make mistakes.

    May 20, 2013 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  24. mindie from indie

    you dems ownED the kkk – past tense
    you THUGS and teapottys ARE the kkk – present tense

    May 20, 2013 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  25. Rich

    Those Gopers will do and say anything for a laugh.....

    May 20, 2013 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
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