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.

  • BionicWoman

    “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).”

    If you hadn’t have brought it up, I would have. The “We’ve always had this policy” is disturbingly similar to 1984.

    • Park James

      Yes, the GOP and conservatives have always fought for the liberty of minorities. And war is peace, freedom is slavery, and ignorance is strength.

      • phantomreader42

        And how long before those become official GOP slogans? They’re already promoting ignorance, running undeclared wars, and fucking things up in the name of spreading freedom.

    • Quintin van Zuijlen

      It’s a direct quotd from Nineteen Eighty-Four, though ths country in the book is called Eastasia without a space. /hasactuallyreadthebook

      • BionicWoman


  • Sven2547

    Reminds me of 2010, when Nevada Republicans, through a front group, urged Latino/Latina citizens to not vote at all.

  • Park James

    Distinction without a difference ftw.

  • YetAnotherJohn

    Sorry JT, but you’ve triggered one of my pet peeves. The 9th commandment is not thou shall not lie, but thou shall not bear false witness – ie. lie about someone else. It leaves a whole lotta lying available to the discerning Christian.

    • YetAnotherJohn

      Whoops! I should have written “a lie that accuses someone of something bad”. A “good” Christian could say that the GOP really and truly respects the rights of women and minorities and has never tried to infringe upon them. It would be a damn lie, but it wouldn’t be breaking a commandment.

    • unbound55

      Well, if we really want to be particular about what god told Moses to put on the tablets, number 9 is “You shall bring the very first of the first fruits of your soil into the house of the Lord your God.”

  • Spuddie

    He is not the first a Texas Republican to break ranks and admit something which was obvious to everyone else. In this case, that the voter ID laws amount to vote theft.


    “Royal Masset, the former political director for the Republican Party of Texas, concisely tied all of these strands together in a 2007 Houston Chronicle article concerning a highly controversial battle over photo identification legislation in Texas. Masset connected the inflated furor over voter fraud to photo identification laws and their expected impact on legitimate voters:

    Among Republicans it is an “article of religious faith that voter fraud is causing us to lose elections,” Masset said. He doesn’t agree with that, but does believe that requiring photo IDs could cause enough of a dropoff in legitimate Democratic voting to add 3 percent to the Republican vote”

  • http://bearlyatheist.wordpress.com/ Bear Millotts

    “The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”

    Well, that’s an improvement from the traditional stance: The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote.

    • Machintelligence

      That depends on how far back you want to trace “tradition.” The Republicans were, after all, the party of Lincoln. The Southern Democrats were the ones suppressing the black vote. It wasn’t until Nixon’s “Southern Strategy” that they all became Republicans. Nixon also may have had a point about the Democrats stealing elections. His loss to Kennedy in Illinois may well have been due to voter irregularities (the Daley machine in Chicago was powerful and corrupt.) Popular jokes at the time were that the graveyards voted in Cook County and that a Democratic motto was “Vote early — and often!

      • http://bearlyatheist.wordpress.com/ Bear Millotts

        Blah, blah, blah. So I didn’t go into the whole history of black voter suppression. Sue me.

  • Charlie

    Anyone familiar with Lee Atwater? In 1980/81 he was an aide to President Reagan working under Ed Rollins. In 1984 he was the Reagan campaign’s deputy director and political director for his re-election effort. In 1988 he was the campaign manager for President Bush. He served as the chairman of the RNC from 1989-1991. Please enjoy this interview with him. Stunning stuff.


    *EDIT* I wanted to provide this too for additional context. http://www.thenation.com/article/170841/exclusive-lee-atwaters-infamous-1981-interview-southern-strategy#axzz2bJDp41Xm

  • Lar5

    So what else is new? The GOP and Tea Party detest anyone who does not look, think ,love and act like them. They refuse to understand that this is now a multiculural, multiracial and multireligious society. It is not their lily white, male dominated, Christian ultra right wing and will never be again. They are fighting like the slave masters of old to hold on to a nightmare idea of this country that has ceased to exist.