“Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote,” per Texas Tea Party

No, seriously, tell us what you really think.  A Texas Tea Party leader admitted recently what most of us already knew, the Republican party doesn’t want African-Americans to vote.

When asked at a meeting of Texas Republicans “what can Republicans do to get black people to vote,” a Texas Tea Party leader, Ken Emanuelson, gave the following answer:

“I’m going to be real honest with you, the Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they’re going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”

Ruh roh.

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The Tea Party, for all of its short years, already has a long history of racism.  Remember when Tea Party protesters spat on civil rights hero Rep. John Lewis and called him the n-word?  Or Tea Party darling Rand Paul’s opposition to the Civil Rights Act?  Or just the other day when a Tea Party leader, and former GOP party chair in Texas, accused Republican anti-tax activist Grover Norquist of being a stealth Muslim because he has a beard?

Not that the GOP is any better (and honestly, let’s stop the facade of pretending that the Tea Party is anything more than a group of conservative Republicans). The Republican party has its own checkered past of trying to impede the black vote, especially in the south.  And in recent years, the GOP has doubled up its effort to disenfranchise voters from all walks of life:

As the nation gears up for the 2012 presidential election, Republican officials have launched an unprecedented, centrally coordinated campaign to suppress the elements of the Democratic vote that elected Barack Obama in 2008. Just as Dixiecrats once used poll taxes and literacy tests to bar black Southerners from voting, a new crop of GOP governors and state legislators has passed a series of seemingly disconnected measures that could prevent millions of students, minorities, immigrants, ex-convicts and the elderly from casting ballots. “What has happened this year is the most significant setback to voting rights in this country in a century,” says Judith Browne-Dianis, who monitors barriers to voting as co-director of the Advancement Project, a civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.Republicans have long tried to drive Democratic voters away from the polls. “I don’t want everybody to vote,” the influential conservative activist Paul Weyrich told a gathering of evangelical leaders in 1980. “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” But since the 2010 election, thanks to a conservative advocacy group founded by Weyrich, the GOP’s effort to disrupt voting rights has been more widespread and effective than ever. In a systematic campaign orchestrated by the American Legislative Exchange Council – and funded in part by David and Charles Koch, the billionaire brothers who bankrolled the Tea Party – 38 states introduced legislation this year designed to impede voters at every step of the electoral process.

We’ve seen GOP voter suppression in countless states.  Ohio was one, just this past November.  Arizona is another, where the GOP is challenging the Voting Rights Act itself.  As our own Gaius Publius has explained, that’s the Republicans’ ultimate goal in all of this, taking down the Voting Rights Act, which was put in place specifically because racists didn’t want blacks to vote.

But it’s not just African-Americans they’re targeting, Republicans are also trying to stop college kids from voting, since college kids tend to vote Democratic.  And even on the issue of voting rights for felons, when we see movement on the GOP side, it’s done in a way that’s only half sincere.

The Republican party has a long history of voter suppression, so it’s no surprise that they still want to suppress the black vote in 2013.  It is surprising, however, that they’d actually admit it.

CyberDisobedience on Substack | @aravosis | Facebook | Instagram | LinkedIn. John Aravosis is the Executive Editor of AMERICAblog, which he founded in 2004. He has a joint law degree (JD) and masters in Foreign Service from Georgetown; and has worked in the US Senate, World Bank, Children's Defense Fund, the United Nations Development Programme, and as a stringer for the Economist. He is a frequent TV pundit, having appeared on the O'Reilly Factor, Hardball, World News Tonight, Nightline, AM Joy & Reliable Sources, among others. John lives in Washington, DC. .

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69 Responses to ““Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote,” per Texas Tea Party”

  1. Alisa Shelt says:

    voter suppression! this white retired lady still lives in the state i was born in…i have lived in the same house for almost 50 yrs., about 40 from where i was born….I vote every election/every mid term election.. i vote in the same poling station and see the same faces behind those tables my neighbors..
    in 2012 i left my drives lisc. in my car….when i got to the table they asked for my lisc….i said what…….you know me i live down the street from you…remember me our kids graduated together…
    NO VOTE WITH OUT YOUR DRIVERS LISC….AND our republican gov. cut our voting hrs. on Fri nights and rescheduled our voting hours during the week so a majority of people who got off of work the poles were closed early….by the way i live in a ‘democrat’ region in my state……….thats voter suppression…………..my question is why don’t the republicans have a agenda that would be worth voting for………..and get rid of the Tea Party, Religious conservatives., and those old angry white men/few women………………NO THANKS…… I VOTE FOR THE PARTY THAT CARES ABOUT WOMEN, THE NATION AND THE REST OF THE NATION!!!!! REMEMBER THE SOUTH/PLANTATIONS DON’T EXIST ANY MORE…………THANK GOD!!!!!!

  2. Lucius Exitius says:

    If you don’t think this is biased or horribly written then there is something wrong with you. First of all, I am a democrat, second of all no one wants anyone that votes against them to vote. This is taking what the person was saying way out of context. Just because I used one wrong word when I was quickly responding to an article doesn’t make my statement any less valid.

  3. BeccaM says:

    This specimen here will always be my iconic favorite.

  4. clarenceswinney says:

    House Ag Committee passed $940B five year Ag bill.
    It cut $20B from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
    Those cuts would take away Food Stamps for nearly 2 million and hundreds of thousands of free school lunches for low income kids.
    “Categorical eligibility” was cut. If it stays scrapped 1.8 million low income families will get no Food Stamps and 210,000 needy kids stop getting free school lunches.
    To heck with it just be certain the needy rich keep Bush Tax Cuts.
    Viva La Christian Democracy.

  5. Have fun grazing with the sheep just an elbow.

  6. GoBlue says:

    Just as facts have a liberal bias, misspelling has a Tea Party bias. The other day a TPer turned up at a Maryland protest with a sign that contained the word “Goverment.”

  7. Just an elbow says:

    Isn’t that sweet! You found a special friend.

  8. Just an elbow says:

    Aw, someone sounds REAL butthurt.

  9. BeccaM says:

    NoScript is also handy.

  10. Whether you know it or not the Tea Party has a history of being intolerant towards minorities which contradicts its overall message.

  11. Thanks Elizabeth. I just don’t see it here. I think this is just the same thing that they do – they see something that could vaguely work in their favor and they spin it. That’s all this is. We’re better than that and can find better evidence. It’s not popular to dissent on here at all. The tribe mentality exists on the liberal side too and it’s unproductive. I stand by my statements.

  12. Monoceros Forth says:

    Which bit is bullshit, sparky?

  13. pappyvet says:

    Jerry R. Kane and his son opened fire with AK47′s killing two police officers and were then killed by officers in the ensuing shootout.

    Jerry R. Kane has been identified as a patriot, redemptionist, white supremacist, and member of a patriot group that believe they are sovereign citizens and no longer answerable to US laws.

    The TP forums and militia meetings are actively promoting the collection of automatic weapons and is offering to train people in how to use them and paramilitary activities.

    The Stormfront white supremacists have openly admitted to organizing Tea party rallies and using them to distribute their hate propaganda.

    These are not disputable statements- they are absolute documented facts!
    Look them up,I did !

  14. pappyvet says:

    Oh but the Bag party just loves our …”uppity” President

  15. pappyvet says:

    “As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.” Need they say more about how they feel about the will of the people.

  16. Monoceros Forth says:

    Justus Liebig? What does a long-dead chemist have to do with anything?

  17. AttilatheBlond says:

    Delusional people get particularly vehement in defense of their delusions when their twisted, inaccurate sense of what is real gets blasted by reality they cannot ignore. Clinton did some damage to the security of many delusions on the Right. But when the black guy got elected POTUS, their heads exploded. They have to work overtime trying to convince people that their delusions are reality, facts be damned.

    Short form: they can’t handle the truth.

  18. AttilatheBlond says:

    Get ad blocker on your browser.

  19. BeccaM says:

    This one here is among my favorite examples.


    Warning: The link goes to some incredibly over-the-top racist spew. Repeat applications of brain-bleach may be necessary.

    And in case you were wondering, the author of these fetid little droppings appears to be entirely sincere and claims not to understand why people think his comics are racist.


  20. BillFromDover says:

    “The Tea Party is racist?”

    Nah, it’s all in your head, Liz … to wit:

    And, of coarse you must recognize this great American:

    And, our overwhelming favorite:

    Nothin’ raciest here… right?

  21. Bullshit.

  22. karmanot says:

    Good! I say Tea Nazi’s loud and clear.

  23. karmanot says:


  24. karmanot says:

    Ah no, jus horribul!

  25. karmanot says:

    Certainly waaaaaaay brighter than you dimwit.

  26. Monoceros Forth says:

    “I don’t want black voters to vote Democratic.”
    “I don’t want black voters to vote if they’re going to vote Democratic.”
    These two statements are not the same. The first is neutral. The second is racist, basically instructing black voters not to vote. Guess which one matches the “Tea Party” nutcase’s words?

  27. Monoceros Forth says:

    “The Tea Party is racist? Give me a break.”
    I know. The “Tea Party” isn’t even a party!

  28. BeccaM says:

    The one upside to the situation is that the GOP has so heavily gerrymandered their districts and cut their win margins so tightly, once the flip happens, they’re gonna fold like a house of cards.

  29. BeccaM says:

    Maybe he meant “Just-us”. As in justice only for the plutocratic oligarchs.

  30. BeccaM says:

    Nah, not racist at all.


    From a statement by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer:

    Today’s protests against health insurance reform saw a rash of despicable, inflammatory behavior, much of it directed at minority Members of Congress. According to reports, anti-reform protestors spat on Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver, yelled a sexual slur at Rep. Barney Frank, and addressed my dear friend, Rep. John Lewis, with a racial slur that he
    has sadly heard far too many times.

    Then there’s the lovely example of Dale Robertson, the man who founded Teaparty.org in Texas. I’ll let his own words speak for him. His picture appears below.

    We’re not saying all of you are racists. What we are saying is your Koch-backed Tea Party organization tolerates and abets the racists in your midst, many of them your leaders.

  31. Mike_in_the_Tundra says:


  32. Elizabeth says:

    Well I’ll be danged, a voice of reason amongst a steady stream of mindless sheep. That’s exactly how I read the article too. Probably because that’s what it actually said! Racism exists everywhere. I have no doubt there’s racists amongst Tea Party folks…..but that’s a human thing, you know? Shocker…..there’s racists amongst the Democratic party too. The well-made point here by you, Jim Morrissey, is that the quoted text in the article is about not wanting Blacks to vote for the Democrats, period.

  33. BeccaM says:

    And when those who didn’t cooperate would find burning crosses on their lawns.

  34. Elizabeth says:

    What a bunch of hooey. The Tea Party is racist? Give me a break. Who wrote this article? Good grief, how stupid you must think the American public is to believe this c.r.a.p. Either that or how stupid are you, John Aravosis?

  35. BeccaM says:

    Yeah… when the right-wing reactionaries talk openly about killing liberals and progressives, Muslims and gays — I get worried that we’re not taking them seriously enough.

    It stops being hyperbole and genuinely becomes something we should be worrying about.

  36. BeccaM says:

    Thus writes someone who apparently doesn’t know the difference between an adjective and an adverb, and who further believes that reporting what someone actually did say reflects an unfair reality-favoring bias.

  37. NMRon says:

    Wasn’t this already apparent to anyone with minimal mental abilities?? Oh that’s right, that wouldn’t include the Department of Justus.

  38. Houndentenor says:

    I grew up in East Texas. The answer was yes. But there were moderates that they put in front of the microphones to down play this kind of thing. Those moderates have left and now people are in charge that are stupid enough to admit this kind of thing live. Also the rise of the internet meant that if it was said in public, someone will eventually post a clip of it online. The mainstream media would mostly ignore things like this, especially in a busy news day when they only had 30 minutes to tell all the important stories. Those days are over. So combine idiots in front of microphones and that everyone basically has a printingpress/radio/tv station means that we’re hearing about it more. But these attitudes (and a lot worse) were always expressed when they thought no one was listening who would disagree, at least as long as I’ve been alive.

  39. melanetic mike says:

    the republicans are the only group responsible for this. they are clinging to the stolen wealth from their ancestors. they are guilty of crimes against humanity and belong on trial in the ICC.

  40. melanetic mike says:

    america can no longer tolerate overtly racist political parties. these groups are responsible for all sorts of horrible laws, this part is corruption personified. they are the %1.

  41. Lucius Exitius says:

    This is a horrible written article and completely biased.

  42. silas1898 says:

    It’s the nightmare version of “Groundhog Day” I’ve seen this bad movie too many times. Newt’s tantrum after having to sit in the back of AF One was one of the best parts :)

  43. Brooklyn Reader says:

    We are speaking of people who want to “cleanse” the political landscape of blacks, Jews, gypsies, “communists,” atheists, immigrants, homosexuals and the “decadent” advant garde. While Godwin’s Law is a warning against inappropriate hyperbole, there’s nothing inappropriate about comparing the Tea Party to that certain political movement that brought a monster to power in 1930’s Germany. Their aims and methods seem similar, if only in the early stages. Calling them out now may keep them from getting further along.

  44. This is a bit misleading John. He is saying he just doesn’t want anyone to not vote republican. He’s not saying black people shouldn’t vote or he doesn’t want them to vote – only that he doesn’t want them to vote democratic. Which duh I mean I don’t want anyone to vote republican. So I think this is stretching it a bit. That is not to say that there’s not a TON of racists in the party but this is not really solid evidence for that.

  45. cole3244 says:

    as an older white guy i can’t wait until my portion of society is a relic of the past, then america can move on and maybe be the nation it could and should to be.

  46. Stratplayer says:

    That’s exactly where this all started in earnest. Gingrichism has since become the norm in Republican politics. What started as pure cynicism and opportunism has morphed into sincere belief that they are objectively correct on all the issues and that their Democratic opponents are a mortal threat to America. Democracy itself becomes expendable to those who cling to such a mindset. I don’t see this ending well.

  47. Naja pallida says:

    Godwin’s law may have been coined as a joke on the absurdity of internet arguments, but sometimes the reality creeps in and scares the crap out of me.

  48. karmanot says:

    Picture: Germany, Italy, Japan —1930’s

  49. karmanot says:

    Many of my generational recognize it and have been struggling to drown Godwin’s law in the bathtub.

  50. UncleBucky says:

    And hence all that voter suppression. Very good.

    This one needs billboards.

  51. Naja pallida says:

    Texas should already be solidly in the swing state category, but they’ve done everything they can to limit the power of Democratic and minority voting blocks.

  52. Zorba says:

    Exactly so, NP. Exactly so. :-(

  53. Naja pallida says:

    If the “Tea Party” was really for what they claim during their more lucid moments, equality and wanting as many people as possible to participate in our democratic process would be among their primary goals. But time and time again they reaffirm to us that they are nothing more than the classic hard-right crazies, with “ideas” that are antithetical to the very concept of a United States. Libertarianism has been co-opted by fascism, and I don’t think they even realize it.

  54. FLL says:

    I wonder what the Republicans think about the ever-increasing numbers of Hispanics who vote in Texas. Turn Texas purple.

  55. Naja pallida says:

    It was time in 1863… and they’re still clinging to it.

  56. silas1898 says:

    See: Clinton Presidency. Remember Newt’s list of nasty words to always use when referring to Democrats. From Whitewater to the Great Penis Hunt.

    I remember the whole “Clinton is illegitamate” crap because he didn’t win a popular majority in a 3 – way race, even though he won the electoral college handily. 370 – 168

  57. jorge says:

    I do not understand where is the freedom of expression and equality among Americans. I think it is time to stop discriminating against people because of their skin color


  58. caphillprof says:

    God forbid a world that looked and thought exactly like them.

  59. Shorter Emanuelson:
    [southernbelle] Why, I simply cannot imagine the IRS asking a Tea Party 501(c)4 what “social welfare” they promote? Even a negro could figure it out. [/southernbelle]

  60. Arden Forester says:

    Not much of a tea party then. And what, pray, is a “black” person in this context? Some form of racial selection required? Anyway, if Mr. Ken Emanuelson thought about it, he’d realise that a good political message goes down well across the board. He must be crap at persuasion!

  61. Zorba says:

    Let’s face it, they would be perfectly happy to institute some kind of Christianist Sharia in this country.
    Minorities held down. Women held down. And on and on.
    These small-minded people (and I use the term “people” loosely where they are concerned) are terrified that their small-minded belief system is crumbling before their very eyes, and they are fighting to hold onto any shred of it.
    I think that they are eventually doomed to failure, but unfortunately I do not think that this is going to happen in the immediate future. In the meantime, they are getting more and more desperate, and I am afraid that it will get more and more ugly.

  62. Monoceros Forth says:

    Was it always this bad? It seems to me as though never before has the opposition party been so determined to regard their political enemies as completely illegitimate and the people who vote for them as not merely wrong or mistaken but not even deserving of a voice. But maybe it’s always been this bad and I’ve just never really known it.

  63. emjayay says:

    Still getting ads on top of this comment box.

  64. Naja pallida says:

    Change that to ‘any minority’ and it would be more accurate.

  65. iamlegion says:

    Yup – that quote right there. And it isn’t simple racism, either – it’s straight-up sociopathy. These gutless, un-American jackholes really do believe that people who have different values (or even priorities) shouldn’t have the same rights and shouldn’t even be treated like citizens. Guys like this are pathetic cowards, unwilling to face a world that doesn’t look and think exactly like them.

  66. True, we have been asking them to stop lying ;-)

  67. nicho says:

    They pine for the days when the farmers would pile their black field hands into a truck and bring them to the polling place. Then, he would go in, get a handful of ballots, bring them out to the truck, tell the field hands who to vote for, and then bring the ballots back inside.

  68. dula says:

    Republicans know that if all eligible voters actually voted, they would never win another election again.

  69. DrDick says:

    At least they are finally being honest about it for a change.

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