Tea Party leader temporarily honest about GOP’s racism.

Honesty in politics: isn't it refreshing when they actually say what's on their minds?Wow, I’m just a few headlines in and it looks like a day of reporting the obvious (later we’ll have “Watching Fox News makes you more likely to defy virtually every climatologist on earth regarding climate change”).

Anyway, Ken Emanuelson is a Tea Party figurehead down in Texas.  He appears to be one of the few who takes the 9th commandment seriously.  Here’s Ken telling the truth:

“I’m going to be real honest with you,” Tea Party leader Ken Emanuelson said at a Dallas County Republican Party event on May 20. “The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”

An audio recording of his comments were published online Tuesday by the pro-Democrat group Battleground Texas.

Of course, this is only auditory confirmation of the obvious (all those anti-voter fraud and ID measures to solve a non-existent problem just coincidentally kept likely Democrat voters away).  We already knew that the GOP didn’t like minorities voting because they were introducing, and enacting where they had the power, legislation that consistently had that very effect.  This, of course, is right before the GOP launched a campaign reaching out to minorities, talking about how the GOP is now on the side of minorities on immigration reform (and always had been!  Also, we’ve always been at war with East Asia).

But Emanuelson’s honesty got nixed in the interest of politics real quick:

In a statement posted on Facebook, Emanuelson said he misspoke during the meeting. He said he shouldn’t have spoken on behalf of the Republican Party.

“What I meant, and should have said, is that it is not, in my personal opinion, in the interests of the Republican Party to spend its own time and energy working to generally increase the number of Democratic voters at the polls, and at this point in time, nine of every ten African American voters cast their votes for the Democratic Party,” he wrote.

You didn’t have to say it was the opinion of the GOP – it’s pretty obvious.  But for a moment you were slightly less scumbaggy about it, even if you were still advocating a scumbag policy.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.


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