Virginia minister and attorney E.W. Jackson won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor over the weekend and will run alongside Tea Party favorite Ken Cuccinelli. He's the first African-American to be nominated by the Virginia Republican Party for a statewide position in more than 20 years.
Based on news reports Jackson, who ran unsuccessfully for a U.S. Senate seat in 2012, is part Rev. Jeremiah Wright and part former congressman Allen West — times about 10. But he's also "no African-American," the firebrand told delegates Saturday. "I'm an American," he said.
Jackson, Politico reports, has in the past compared Planned Parenthood to the Ku Klux Klan and accused African-Americans of being slavishly devoted to the Democratic Party.
"It is time to end the slavish devotion to the Democrat Party," he said in a video clip posted last September. "They have insulted us, used us and manipulated us. They have saturated the Black community with ridiculous lies... They think we are stupid and that these lies will hold us captive while they violate everything we believe as Christians."
Jackson also said that the Democratic Party and Planned Parenthood have created an "unholy alliance" that has killed millions of Black babies.
"Planned Parenthood has been far more lethal to Black lives than the KKK ever was. And the Democrat Party and the Black civil rights allies are partners in this genocide," he added.
In 2010, he wrote a blog post titled "Obama's Anti-Israel Policy," in which he declared that President Obama views the world from "a Muslim perspective."
"Obama clearly has Muslim sensibilities. He sees the world and Israel from a Muslim perspective. His construct of 'The Muslim World' is unique in modern diplomacy. It is said that only the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical elements of the religion use that concept," wrote Jackson, also noting that both he and Obama attended Harvard Law School and have Muslim relatives. "It is a call to unify Muslims around the world. It is rather odd to hear an American president use it. In doing so he reveals more about his thinking than he intends."
Not surprisingly, he fiercely opposes gay rights.
"Their minds are perverted, they’re frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally and they see everything through the lens of homosexuality. When they talk about love they’re not talking about love, they’re talking about homosexual sex. So they can’t see clearly," Jackson said in an interview last year.
With views like these, he attracts attention to social issues at a time when the Republican Party nationwide is working to give its economic policies a brighter spotlight as part of its ongoing effort to expand its base.
In an email to Politico, Virginia Republican Party spokesman Shipley defended Jackson as a "person of faith" but also said the race for lieutenant governor would be "fought on economic ground."
"In the weeks and months ahead, Jackson will focus on ideas that produce more quality jobs for Virginians and make life easier for families and workers,” Shipley wrote.
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