Despite telling the Republican Party to ignore Hispanics, it appears Phyllis Schlafly wasn’t the only conservative leader to alienate an entire racial group last month.
On May 20, Tea Party leader Ken Emmanuelson made headlines after stating the Republican Party doesn’t want African-American voters to show up at the polls.
“I’m going to be real honest with you,” Emanuelson said at the May 20th Dallas County Republican event. “The Republican Party doesn’t want black people to vote if they are going to vote 9-to-1 for Democrats.”
After the pro-Democrat group Battleground Texas published an audio clip of his comments online Tuesday, Emanuelson scrambled to clarify his remarks, noting it was inappropriate to speak on behalf of the entire Republican Party.
Part of Emanuelson’s Facebook post reads:
"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.”
Despite the statement, it’s safe to assume this likely isn’t the type of rebranding campaign conservative leaders were hoping to achieve in the aftermath of Mitt Romey’s failed presidential bid.