A Dallas Tea Party Leader Says the Republican Party Doesn't Want Black People to Vote

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First, a bit of background. For the past several months, Battleground Texas has been laying the groundwork for a Democratic takeover of Texas. It will be a long process, requiring the development of the on-the-ground political infrastructure needed to reliably turn out Democrats to vote, Latino ones especially. So far, the effort has consisted of some behind-the-scenes organizing and a slew of meetings in various parts of the state.

So far, Republicans have responded mainly by using Battleground Texas as a blue-tinted boogeyman to frighten donors into making campaign contributions. Attorney General Greg Abbott, for instance, called the group more dangerous than North Korea. And the local GOP has launched Battlefield Dallas, an effort to turn Dallas County red.

And that brings us to Dallas Tea Partier Ken Emanuelson. Battleground Texas is passing around an audio clip of him today speaking at a May meeting of Battlefield Dallas that also featured state Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri:

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"I'm going to be real honest with you," he says. "The Republican Party doesn't want black people to vote if they're going to vote..."

Emanuelson hasn't backed away from his comments which, to be fair, are somewhat less egregious when you tack on the "...if they're going to vote 9-1 for Democrats" Battleground Texas omits from his press release.

And, really, the underlying message -- that Republicans would rather Democrats stay home on election day -- isn't particularly shocking. It's just that Emanuelson phrased it in such a remarkably inartful way.

Update: Emanuelson sent a statement to the Morning News clarifying his quote:

I expressed a personal opinion about what the Republican Party "wants." That was a mistake. I hold no position of authority within the Republican Party and it wasn't my place to opine on behalf of the desires 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.

"That said, I've been very clear, time and time again, that the Republican Party absolutely must expand and build bridges into all communities. I reiterated that same opinion at the same meeting. For whatever reason, Rep. Veasey chose not to include that information in his email, but I look forward to opening a dialogue with Rep. Veasey on this issue.


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whitman
whitman

This is news? Everyone knows this already.

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

The Dallas Observer... ...doesn't want black people to vote.

The above statement is a fair characterization because it mischaracterizes the Observer's further mischaracterization of a mischaracterization of Mr Emanuelson's comments. 

Got all that?

awash1
awash1

Why would any well read, intelligent, black person vote for a TEA Partier. This statement is not a misnomer. All you have to do is listen and read.

ruddski
ruddski

It would be Great to see ideological diversity in the black community, but then there might be more violence.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

Yeah Mr. Nicholson, those German Jews had it coming to them, right?  The press was partisan back then also, and they made the same casual and causal implications.  And an environment was created.

There is no difference what you just did here by turning a single quote 180 to make the mad leap to only the implication that TEA Partiers are racist.  Why?  Because you cannot argue on the merits of the debate so you marginalize the other side with slurs.  And it has been a constant drumbeat.  You are but a foot soldier in flyover country.

But HEY!?! You threw in the obligatory disclaimer.  Why, you said just the opposite.  You are merely troubled by the poorly worded statement, right?  But that got the jerks a clucking once again.

Then they came for your ilk too.  If you had not married the invective you would not be so muted now regarding the blatant 1st Amendment attack.  I hate that when it happens.

What’s a sycophant to do?  I suppose you need to put on a brownshirt, or join InfraGard and help turn your fellow citizen in.  Better yet, turn in a Fox reporter!  That’ll get your street cred back with the DOJ.

Chårlie Kuhlmån
Chårlie Kuhlmån

It's not about race, it's about numbers. Who cares about the minority vote...they're the MINORITY.

CornyDoggy
CornyDoggy

I applaud him for telling the truth.  Faced with the option of courting the black vote versus suppressing it, Republicans have chosen the latter.  

Matt Kellogg
Matt Kellogg

Your own article states "Emanuelson hasn't backed away from his comments which, to be fair, are somewhat less egregious when you tack on the "...if they're going to vote 9-1 for Democrats"". So you post it again on FB without that important phrase? To call it "somewhat less egregious" would be hilarious if it weren't so typical.

TexMarine
TexMarine

If AA's and Hispanics were planning on voting for Republicans, imagine all of the lovely statements coming out of Dems mouths.

ashley8515
ashley8515

The original question to Ken when he made that comment was:

"What can the Republicans do to increase the number of African-Americans voting?"

It was a loaded question.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall topcommenter

Republicans want Democrats to stay home on election day - Democrats want Republicans to stay home on election day!     Nothing to see here - move along.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@PersistentID2345 Yeah, it's a disjointed tantrum by a racist who's ashamed to be associated with the things he says.

bvckvs
bvckvs topcommenter

@awash1 A desire to fit in; to be more white.  In many conservative communities, white-wingers have beaten the black people so far down into submission that they actually believe they're inferior.

director21
director21

@pak152 pak152 does not need to back his comments with facts because he is a Fascist who thinks he is automatically correct regardless of how inane his comments really are.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@pak152 Such an wonderfully creditable source for hard investigation on Democratic voter fraud!

Can you please post the link to his investigation into space aliens taking over the bodies of 40 Democratic Senators?

pak152
pak152

@TexMarine 90% of the black community votes Democratic. that is the real problem. they've been bought by the Democrats over the past 60 yrs. if whites were to vote 90% for Republicans liberal/progressives would be screaming racism

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TexMarine

oh, so we get to just make up what people say and pretend it is truth?

how fun. I "imagine" that the republicans win the White House and Congress in 2016 and reinstitute the draft, start another war and send the country into a depression!

those bastards!

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ashley8515

we should all want an increase in all Americans voting.

why is that a "loaded question"? seems that if Emanuelson was the self described patriot he claims to be the answer would be "We should do whatever we can for all Americans to increase their trips to the voting booth".

pretty easy really.

PersistentID2345
PersistentID2345

@bvckvs @PersistentID2345 It appears you didn't get it, sir. It was sarcasm eliciting 'good for the goose good for the gander.', etc. 

I will make it very simple so that you MIGHT be able to perceive:

Words taken out of context to distort are a form of OVERREACH (a popular term these days) . Overreach is what repels the center away from one side to the other. Spew forth enough bullshit and the INFORMED voter is insulted by the pedestrian, underhanded tactics.

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@bvckvs @awash1 This is one of the more bigoted things I've read here.  What you have posited is that "only black people who think they are inferior vote against their Democrat betters."

everlastingphelps
everlastingphelps topcommenter

@CitzenKim @pak152 Uhh, are you trying to say that John Lott isn't credible?  The guy who has taught and worked as a research scientist at Yale, Stanford, U of Chicago, and a ton of other colleges?  Top 20 in SSRN downloads?  THAT John Lott?

James080
James080

@CitzenKim @pak152  

Seriously? You're questioning credibility on a blog post that tries to capitalize on half of a quote, in a manner that takes the quote wildly out of context. Sure, let's debate credibility.

director21
director21

@pak152 @TexMarine There is another possible explanation - blacks recognize the Fascist, anti-black agenda of the GOP and run from it like scalded dogs. However badly the Democrats treat them, that is still far better than any treatment they will ever get from the goose-stepping conservatives.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@pak152 @TexMarine Democrats gave the black community what they seemed to want, Republicans give their voters whatever it is they seem to want.  Both parties whore themselves out to stay in power and to increase their power.  We idiotic voters of all colors and walks of life take the bait and vote for whichever party shrieks the loudest to the tune we want to hear.  Meanwhile, on both sides of the aisle, our Constitutional Rights are slowly eroded and we blame each other and the 'other' party.  Americans have become politically stupid.  I suggest making the only requirement for voting be that one has passed the exams given in the naturalization process.  At least the naturalized citizens have to learn something about our government before voting within it.

Oh, and liberal/progressives already scream racism whenever two or more Republicans are in a one square mile or smaller area.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@pak152 @TexMarine "They've been bought by the Democrats over the past 60 yrs."  Pardon, are you saying that 90% of the black community are in slavery?

TexMarine
TexMarine

@mavdog Man, you may need to up your dosage, you're hallucinating that the Republican's will sniff the inside of the WH anytime soon. Not with an ever dependent permanent underclass, brought to you by the D's. Do I really need to direct you to any of the hateful, racist comments that have come out of D's mouths in the past years when anyone of color just happens to come out as a R?  Guess what, no one buys your bullshit.

Incidentally, I'd welcome a reinstatement of the draft. I'd love nothing more to see all these newly empowered female warriors get pregnant and enroll in college as quickly as you can say draft dodger. But, as you try to make clear, you haven't been paying attention to the new wars that O's been starting now have you?

Now, go back to being a "Top Commenter" and maybe you'll get that change you've been hoping for.

James080
James080

@mavdog  

Not really. What we should all want is to increase the number of informed voters in America. It's not the same thing at all.

holmantx
holmantx topcommenter

@mavdog

Hypothetical - "oh, so we get to just make up what people say and pretend it is truth?"

bamoo
bamoo

@everlastingphelps@CitzenKim@pak152

Let's see...Ted Kaczynski  assistant professor at the University of California.

Lott worked at Yale, so what?

observist
observist topcommenter

@pak152 @CitzenKim @TexMarine  Conveniently overlooking the fact that as resentful white Southerner, you yourself would have been a Democrat 50 years ago.

The black vote was no more "bought" by the Democrats than the racist vote was "bought" by the Republicans.

TexMarine
TexMarine

@CitzenKim Not falling for it. We all know that a disproportionate amount goes to the black community. Please, try to make something positive out of that.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdogoh, so we get to just make up what people say and pretend it is truth?

 Irony.

CitzenKim
CitzenKim

@pak152 @CitzenKim @TexMarine So you are saying that 90% of blacks in America are in poverty, don't work, and are just living off of welfare.

Also that all poverty aid goes only to blacks.

pak152
pak152

@CitzenKim@pak152@TexMarineguess you 've never heard of the War on Poverty and other Democratic welfare programs. to be more explicit the Democrats through various programs have bought the votes of the black community. is that clearer? and here is something that you may not be aware of but prior to the War on Poverty and other such programs blacks voted for Republicans.
"During the 1920s, black people voted heavily for Republican interests but President Franklin Roosevelt's administration started to more aggressively target African American votes during the 1930s, Achen said." http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-forde/black-republicans_b_2232103.html
http://www.factcheck.org/2008/04/blacks-and-the-democratic-party/

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@CitizenKim

I believe he is claiming they are whores, not slaves.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@RTGolden1 @mavdog @TexMarine 

it is misogyny to opine that women would be seeking refuge from serving while not leveling the same expectation against men.

courage and committment does not reside depending on one's sex, and to predict that one sex will have less courage and committment than the other has no basis in fact.

RTGolden1
RTGolden1 topcommenter

@mavdog @TexMarine Let me clear something up for you real quick mav.  It is not misogynistic to opine that women will get pregnant or enroll in college to avoid the draft.  Not if you have served in the military.  Anytime a deployment is looming, pregnancies in the ranks will increase substantially.  The military will not deploy a pregnant woman, obviously, and cannot punish a woman for becoming unfit for duty by getting pregnant.

It is a very slippery slope, and the one and only reason I am against allowing women into the combat arms.  One would have to understand small unit tactics and the dynamics that make up a tight-knit, well-functioning squad or fire team to comprehend the effect losing one member of a team right before a deployment can have on combat effectiveness.  There's no easy solution to the morass that will be created with women in combat arms.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TexMarine

wonderful! after reading the morning comics of Argyle Sweater, Pearls before Swine and Bizarro, here's Tex and his own comic strip! and Tex is funnier than they were!

yeah, when all you got is ad hominem, it's clear that you got nothing in that bag of yours but fecal material.

"new wars:syria, iran and n. korea". that's about as funny as it can get! well done, you really crack me up with that one! my sides are hurting from laughing so much.

"liberal love" of "stacey dash, herman cain, ben carson, allen west". boy tex, that almost made me spew out my coffee in laughter! did you come up with that by yourself?

please keep 'em coming Tex, you are a really, really funny poster! keep up the good work will ya?

TexMarine
TexMarine

@mavdog lol, 47%, it's like you're in junior high, so predictable, apoplectic, chardonnay educed hissy fit. Keep your fucking advice, I'm sure you've read enough Marx to think you're smart.

Misogynist, who fucking cares? Unlike you little sister, I give ZERO FUCKS what anyone thinks. I don't suffer from a personality defect like you do. "You reveal a lack of knowledge" - nice try. Attack & isolate, well played, poppa Saul would be proud.

New wars: Syria, Iran, N. Korea, the Associated Press. Now, I can see by your constant trolling that you are underemployed, which I'm sure in your world is someone else's fault. And as far as the comments themselves, I'll just name drop the victims of "liberal love" and let you, in your clearly abundant spare time, search for yourself. Stacey Dash, Herman Cain, Ben Carson, Allen West.

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@TexMarine

apparently you subscribe to the "47%" bullshit. nothing like class based perspective from someone who thinks of themselves as a conservative. here's a suggestion: read a bit of marx, you have a lot in common.

not only do you expose yourself as a misogynist, you reveal a lack of knowledge on history. tell us, just what "new wars" has Obama "been starting?

yes, do "direct" us to the "hateful, racist comments". equal opportunity for all....

mavdog
mavdog topcommenter

@ashley8515

he should have. After all, Ken is an "outsider", right? Ken should be speaking only what Ken wanted......

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