Back in 2013, when longtime Religious Right activist E.W. Jackson was named as the Virginia Republican Party’s nominee to be lieutenant governor, we posted a long list of some of the crazy things he had said over the years:
- Referred to gays and lesbians as “perverted,” “degenerate,” “spiritually darkened” and “frankly very sick people psychologically, mentally and emotionally.”
- Said regarding homosexuality: “it poisons culture, it destroys families, it destroys societies; it brings the judgment of God unlike very few things that we can think of.”
- Argued that gays seek to “sexualize [children] at the earliest possible age” and use “totalitarian” tactics.
- Wondered how the Democratic Party “managed to hold on to black Christians in spite of an agenda worthy of the Antichrist.”
- Proclaimed that “the Democrat Party has shown itself to be anti-Christian, anti-Bible, anti-family, anti-life and anti-God… We’re calling people to come out of the Democrat Party and not support candidates who represent its values and the rebellion that it represents against God. That certainly would include President Barack Obama.”
- Claimed that Democratic Party supporters are “insulting their faith and blaspheming their God” by supporting a “coalition of the godless.”
- Warned that ministers who support Obama “are going to have to answer to God” if they encourage “their congregations to support this abomination.”
- Argued that “liberalism and their ideas have done more to kill black folks whom they claim so much to love than the Ku Klux Klan, lynching and slavery and Jim Crow ever did, now that’s a fact.”
- Maintained that Obama “seems to have a lot of sympathy for even radical Islam” and “clearly has Muslim sensibilities,” arguing that Obama “certainly does have a lot of affection and favor for Islam, that seems to be his priority…Christianity, I don’t really think about that with him, I really don’t, that’s a joke.”
- Compared Democratic leaders to “slave masters” who make sure that black people who disagree with them are “punished.”
When Jackson was asked about his outrageous comments during the 2013 campaign, he routinely tried to play the victim by complaining that he was being persecuted and that his freedom of speech was being trampled. And when Jackson lost his race, he fumed that he had been portrayed as a “nutcase” and insisted that he should have won the election based on the fact that he won “70 percent of the geographic region of the state.”
Following his loss, Jackson returned to his life as a bomb-throwing Religious Right activist, but he is now reportedly considering making another run for office by launching a campaign to challenge Virginia’s Democratic Senator Tim Kaine, who is up for reelection next year.
Appearing on “The John Fredericks Show” yesterday, Jackson revealed that he has been meeting with consultants and potential campaign managers about the possibility of running, saying that he is “very serious” about doing so and is leaning heavily toward making an official announcement in the coming month.
If Jackson was upset about having been portrayed as a “nutcase” the last time around, it probably would have behooved him to stop saying crazy things on his daily radio program over the last several years. But that didn’t happen and now, if he decides to make another run for office, he’ll have a whole new pack of outrageous comments for which he will have to answer:
- Declared that LGBTQ activists are “not satisfied to go to hell, they want to take the whole country with ’em.”
- Said it would take the grace of God to stop him from physically attacking anyone who handed pro-LGBTQ literature to his child.
- Linked hurricanes to the acceptance of LGBTQ candidates running for office.
- Asserted that God has placed a visceral disgust of homosexuality in the hearts of children.
- Called for the implementation of sensitivity training to combat discrimination against heterosexuals.
- Declared that liberals and the KKK share “a virulent hatred of true Christianity” and that “white liberals are far more racist than any Klansman.”
- Said that the left wants to see Christians and conservatives dead.
- Said that Barack Obama may be mentally ill, speaks Arabic and hates America.
- Stated that “demonic” Obama has “unleashed hell on this country.”
- Declared that the Women’s March was filled with “godless” women who are waging a spiritual civil war.
- Said that Democrats literally hate blacks and Hispanics, they “hate your guts.”
- Warned that God’s judgment will fall on America for tolerating marriage equality and called on Christians to engage in civil disobedience to prevent it.
- Asserted that Charleston church shooter Dylan Roof was a left-wing socialist and that the shooting was the result of hostility toward Christianity.
- Claimed that riots in Baltimore were Obama’s “chickens coming home to roost.”
- Defended the deadly shooting of Philando Castile as reasonable.
- Asserted that Caitlyn Jenner is insane.
- Said those who use gender neutral pronouns are possessed by demons.
- Called for schools to teach prayer, the Bible and Christianity as part of the standard curriculum.
- Said athletes who kneel during the national anthem are traitors who should leave the country.
- Suspected that the trend of men wearing earrings is part of a plot by liberals to emasculate black men.
UPDATE 11/15: Jackson made a surprise announcement today that he will be ending his daily radio program, effective Nov. 22, because he says that he “feels the Lord is leading me in a different direction,” which seems to suggest that he may be clearing his plate to make another run for office.