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. Grampa

    Sounds like a complete blithering right-wing nut job. It's easy to see why he got the Republican nomination. He should do well with the modern GOP. How well he does with Virginia voters will say a lot about the people of that state.

    May 20, 2013 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Jeb

    The GOP just keeps getting more rabid and insane every day.

    Planned parenthood has literally saved millions of lives through the free and reduced cost services that it offers low income women and their children.

    Planned Parenthood provides 585,000 Pap tests and nearly 640,000 breast exams each year, critical services in detecting cancer.

    Planned Parenthood provides nearly 4.5 million tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

    Planned Parenthood health centers focus on prevention: 71 percent of our clients receive services to prevent unintended pregnancy.

    Planned Parenthood services help prevent more than 684,000 unintended pregnancies each year.

    Only three percent of all Planned Parenthood health services are abortion services.

    May 20, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota


    Moderate, sensible republicans appear to be an endangered species. How can any voter with a lick of common sense vote for candidates like this guy?

    Apparently the GOP has not yet understood that asking its supporters to post drivel and lies isn't a winning stategy. A truly moderate voter understands the difference between policy and lies. Hence, moderates are leaving the GOP faster than I can type "you lie".

    Suggesting that tax payer dollars "pay for abortions" is a lie that has been debunked for years now. There are currently two laws on the books preventing tax funded abortions. Continuing to push that lie says more about the poster than the truth.

    May 20, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  4. FubarObama

    Nice.. I agree with him wholeheartedly. Funny I did not see the CNN article when the NAACP president Julian Bond stated last week that the Tea Party was the Taliban of the country.

    May 20, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  5. James PDX

    Planned Parenthood doesn't kill fetuses, the people who go there for abortions do. If wen can't make guns illegal, then we can't make Planned Parenthood illegal. A tool is a tool.

    May 20, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  6. rino

    I hope this guy runs for president.

    May 20, 2013 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  7. George

    So, Planned Parenthood, which has a mission of helping parents plan the size of their families is evil. OK, I get that, God sees the unborn as people, OK. And killing is against the Christain faith. OK, makes sense.
    So, where are all these 'right to lifers' when discussion of background checks for people buying guns (I don't have to tell you that guns can kill people, and guns in the hands of the criminal and/or insane raises the probability some will die considerably.
    What about safety standards in the workplace?
    What about helping feed and educate those children who may not have been born?
    Conservatives have a serious message problem.
    Their message is meant to distract their real adgenda: increase wealth for the 1%ers.
    People are waking up.

    May 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  8. Jeb

    The GOP keeps getting more rabid and insane every day.

    Why are they so pathologically obsessed with running other peoples personal lives?

    May 20, 2013 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  9. Diata

    Too many waste of space out there that would have been better not born.

    May 20, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. The REAL Truth...

    The really sad part about this whole episode is that there's plenty of folks who will believe this garbage and think it's OK. The dumbing down of the red state right wing voter continues unabated.

    May 20, 2013 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  11. Jeb

    Planned parenthood has literally saved millions of lives through the free and reduced costs services that it provides to low income women and their children.

    May 20, 2013 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  12. Sniffit

    Right...because nominating some Trojan token that parrots extremist right wing talking points in hopes it helps win minority votes...that's fantastic strategy when he is clearly going to alienate women voters. Someone keep a mic on Clowny McGenocide here...he's bound to be full of entertaining rhetorical floundering.

    May 20, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  13. Raj47

    GOPers just don't get it. KKK killed based on color of the skin? I hope he did not come out and supported KKK. Which is the last straw that will kill his chances of elections. I am glad these brainless GOPers keep mouthing off like in 2010 elections so many of their candidates made these stupid remarks. Let them continue to mouth of these brainless comments and continue to loose elections....

    May 20, 2013 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  14. Lainie11

    gggg is right on target. Sex is sold in abundance on TV sitcoms, commercials, some pulpits, by governments, public schools; it's hitting these black women right in the face everywhere they go. And to enhance this notion of "gotta have sex", some of the black women get butt injections for looks that attract the opposite sex. These butt injections are killing them. For goodness sakes people, learn some culture, this isn't the jungle or Somalia.

    May 20, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Matthew Kilburn

    "Why do some politicians perpetuate the idea that its ok to create legislation that forces one religion's views on everyone else?"

    Why does religion have to be part of it? Why do we need religion to tell us that its not a good idea for a society to willfully destroy 50 million of its future citizens?

    May 20, 2013 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  16. itsgoodtobewally

    Its refreshing to hear a politician say it like it is! I'd vote for him if I could...Fix the deficit, cut PP funding!

    May 20, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  17. KBNJ

    CNN: The propaganda wing of the Dem party!
    Margaret Sanger, Found of Planned Parenthood was a well-known racist and believed in eugenics. Planned Parenthood DID kill far more blacks than the KKK, which was one of Sanger's GOALS. Doesn't matter what you or I think of abortion – they DID do a 'better job' than the KKK.
    Oh, and couldn't find a better picture, huh? Yeah, right. You people disgust me.

    May 20, 2013 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  18. BillyD

    Beth, I proposed that example to people who oppose "prayer being taken out of schools" (Not what the law says but not necessary to argue that point). I ask if they would be fine if the school instituted a different religion's prayer as the only one actively supported in the school. Maybe that the kids have to lay out prayer rugs facing Mecca in the morning. It doesn't change their argument. They just get frustrated and walk off. It's not about the first amendment to them no matter what they say. It's that you didn't pick or force THEIR religion. That's not a blanket statement for all Republicans, but the far right is filled with people like that.

    May 20, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  19. Rudy NYC

    Not aurprised. Instead of a primary, the right wing activists conducted a convention. That's not democracy, folks.

    May 20, 2013 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  20. Babyboomer

    Very well said...

    May 20, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  21. george

    GOP = The gift that keeps on giving..This pastor reminds of Samuel Jackson's character on D'Jango

    May 20, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  22. Kelly


    Nice.. I agree with him wholeheartedly. Funny I did not see the CNN article when the NAACP president Julian Bond stated last week that the Tea Party was the Taliban of the country.

    I bet if you did a gallup poll, a large number of American's would agree. They are religious extremists and if they got their way women would have no rights. I would be barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen. I would have no say in household matters. I would not be allowed to vote or speak my mind, because I am a silly woman who is meant to be seen and not heard. Sound like a certain group you can think of??

    May 20, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  23. BillyD

    Matthew Kilburn, you assume in your argument that everyone agrees on when a ball of tissue becomes a person. That's when one side reaches for science and the other reaches for religion. Your argument is moot until your audience all agrees on the assumption.

    KBNJ, it's probably a picture from one of his YouTube videos mentioned in the article. In other words, he did it to himself.

    May 20, 2013 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  24. us_1776

    This is a Democratic Campaign Ad right?

    Has to be.


    May 20, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  25. aertzc

    It seems that many of the people who posted these comments never bothered to read beyond the headline. Whether it was appropriate to say or not, his logic is perfectly sound.

    May 20, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
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