[UPDATED: KTLA Gets Davenport Scoop] Racist Orange County Republican Email: President Obama and His Parents Are Apes

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CA Republican Party is not happy with Davenport
UPDATE, APRIL 20, 10:18 P.M.: During the KTLA interview, a "timid, confused" Marilyn Davenport, a retired Christian book publisher, said she is "really sorry" for sending the racist email. In her view--expressed throughout the day with the media, President Barack Obama's birthplace--Africa?--is a dark mystery. But she also wanted to refocus attention on the real bad guy in her mind: Scott Baugh, OC GOP boss, who first denounced her actions in the original Weekly story. In Davenport's view, the actual scandal centers on why Baugh didn't keep her email a secret from the public. After all, depicting Obama as a chimp was, in her view, hilarious only because of his policies and not because of the color of his skin.

UPDATE, APRIL 20, 8:45 P.M.: KTLA-Los Angeles Channel 5 reporter David Begnaud airs his one-on-one interview with Marilyn Davenport tonight at about 10:13 p.m. Begnaud--a veteran, accomplished reporter--tells me that his piece "is quite revealing" and adds, "There are moments when she sees herself as the victim, moments when she is confused and times when she is contrite."

UPDATE, APRIL 20, 5:28 P.M.: OC GOP chairman Scott Baugh told me that he "was disturbed" to hear that Marilyn Davenport told some reporters this afternoon that her email wasn't racist. He defended his actions, including calling for her resignation from the Republican Central Committee.

"When you first called me," Baugh said, referring to our conversation on April 15, the day I broke the story, "what was I supposed to do? Cover it up? Lie to you? Tell you it wasn't racist? No! I took the only appropriate, credible action I could have. I immediately denounced it to you as dripping with racism and I am still confident that I did the right thing."


Baugh insisted to me that he did not share Davenport's email with Mike Schroeder, who has taken responsibility for leaking the image to the press. He also said he expects the party's ethics committee to meet this weekend to discuss Davenport. The worst they can do? Censure her.

UPDATE, APRIL 20, 3:30 P.M.: Marilyn Davenport tells John and Ken on KFI in a live interview that she sent the racist email against President Obama "strictly as a joke type thing." She said she "does not think in racist terms." According to Davenport, she "doesn't look at Obama as a black person," she only looks at his policies. She went on to say that she doesn't think her own race is superior to any other race and that she has never discriminated against people of another race. With the aid of fellow conservative OC activist Tim Whitacre, she did say that she feels "betrayed" by OC GOP boss Scott Baugh and Mike Schroeder, both of whom have expressed a zero-tolerance stance against Davenport's actions. Whitacre said Baugh and Schroeder had "repulsed and disgusted" him. John and Ken say they will go into hostile overdrive if Reverend Al Sharpton, whom they loathe, follows up on an alleged threat to protest Davenport in Fullerton in coming days. 

UPDATE, APRIL 20, 10:45 A.M.: California Republican Party Chairman Tom Del Beccaro today called Marilyn Davenport's Obama-ape email "completely unacceptable," said he fully supports OC GOP boss Scott Baugh's call for Davenport's resignation and declared that the party does "not condone intolerance in any way."

UPDATE, APRIL 20, 7:30 A.M.: KFI-AM 640's John and Ken host Marilyn Davenport for a live interview this afternoon. Go HERE for details.

UPDATE, APRIL 18, 5:58 P.M.: Marilyn Davenport speaks! We have the exclusive interview here.

UPDATE, APRIL 17, 3:40 P.M.: 
Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh determined today that his group's bylaws prevent a vote to remove Marilyn Davenport as an elected member even though she emailed a racist image of President Barack Obama to fellow Tea Baggers and Republicans.

The most drastic action the party can take is a censure, he said. Meanwhile, Davenport refuses to resign and Baugh continues to seek an apology and her voluntary resignation from the central committee.

UPDATE, APRIL 16, 5:55 P.M.: This afternoon, Marilyn Davenport sent an email to fellow Orange County Republican elected officials, apologizing if anyone was offended by her depicting President Barack Obama as an ape--while also blasting the "liberal media" for reporting the story.

"I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth," Davenport wrote. "In no way did I even consider the fact he's half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people [Scott Baugh, Orange County GOP boss, and this writer] tried to make this about race. . . . I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn't particularly like yet there was no 'cry' in the media about them." 

Davenport continued: "That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing."

(Davenport's entire statement is at the end of this article.)

Tim Whitacre, a longtime conservative Orange County Republican activist in Santa Ana, defended Davenport: "Marilyn Davenport is a staunch, ethical Republican lady. There is nothing unethical about this from a party standpoint because it wasn't sent out to the party at large with any racist statements and it wasn't signed as a central committee member. As a private individual, she is just real big on Birther stuff. One of her passions that drives her is the president's lack of forthrightness about where he was born. Marilyn believes that nobody knows where he was born and so this picture says a thousand words."

Whitacre continued: "She is not a perfect lady, but she is no racist. She is a gentle person who would feed you, help you, be there for you if you were in trouble. She is known as a pleasant, loving person, and it kills me that she is being attacked by this non-story knowing her mindset."

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 5 P.M.: Orange County might be a beautiful oceanfront locale, but it's also home to Holocaust deniers, vicious anti-gay bigots and freakish big-haired televangelists.

Here, one of our Republican politicians welcomed the inauguration of the first African American U.S. president in early 2009 by sending out an email that depicted a watermelon field in front of the White House.

That incident drew embarrassing international attention, but now another Orange County Republican has apparently topped the watermelon imagery with another racist attack on President Barack Obama.

The Weekly has obtained a copy of an email sent to fellow conservatives this week by Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party.

Under the words, "Now you know why no birth certificate," there's an Obama family portrait showing them as apes.

(Donald Trump must be elated to finally have an explanation about Obama's true birth circumstances.)

Here's the image attached to the email:

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The image attached to an email distributed among Orange County Republicans and Tea Baggers.
Reached by telephone and asked if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport said, "Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people--mostly people I didn't think would be upset by it."

The image did upset several local Republicans.

"It's unbelievable," one high-ranking OC GOP official told me. "It's much more racist than the watermelon email. I can't believe it was sent out. I'm not an Obama fan but how stupid do you have to be to do this?"

Another GOP official, who also asked not to be identified, said that Davenport is "a really, really sweet old lady so I am surprised to hear about this."

Scott Baugh, chairman of the OC Republican Party, told Davenport that the email was tasteless, Davenport--a Fullerton-based political activist--admitted to me during the telephone interview.

"You're not going to make a big deal about this are you?" she asked me. "It's just an Internet joke."

But Baugh believes the email is a big deal.

"When I saw that email today I thought it was despicable," Baugh said. "It is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public. I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official."


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davidsnelson
davidsnelson

You race-baiting crybabies, get over it.  Try googling "George W. Bush monkey picture".  There are literally thousands.  You weren't whining about THAT, were you?

Grow up. Shut up. Get a life.

Caramiademarcia
Caramiademarcia

The reasons why everyone but you stupid pig don't realize that white people are the true origin from Monkey ape mother- fucker because you are a coward race of people. White people are the true descendant monkey people, everybody know this but you. Not all people true Indians, Asian, Latinos, Mexican, and Africans, have hairy chest or hairy bodies before they were mix with the blood from the beast of white trash niggers. Yes, I said it; white people are white nigger’s trash. Even the bible descripts white people as leopard breed of people. Leopard means white disease people. So stop calling our president Barack Obama a monkey stupid GOP leader and followers.

not a patsy
not a patsy

Oh how soon and conveniently they forget.  Remember all the cartoons of President Bush as a chimp?  Why is it OK to  portray a white, extremely hated and despised by liberals, President as a chimp, but not a partly black one?  It is only OK only if you are a racist against whites.  I, personally, won't do it for either Bush, nor Obama, but if it is hunky dory for hate filled leftist to portray President Bush as a chimp, they need to not be soooo hypocritical as to call racism when someone portrays Obama as an ape.  If it was racist why would she portray his mother, who is white, as an ape also?  Besides many liberals believe in evolution so why so offended by ape parentage?  It's basically what they believe anyway.

Captain Obvious
Captain Obvious

Lessee... Obama as chimp is racist, but Bush as Chimp is hillarious. What's the word for different standards based solely on skin color? Oh, right, IRONY.

Elcastigador5
Elcastigador5

That picture is very offensive. I feel sorry for the apes!

Ctsmaine
Ctsmaine

They should have her picture with white monkeys because that's what she looks like :) and FOR THE COUNT YOU'LL AMERICAN CRACKERS ARE MUTTS YOURSELVES AND THIS COUNTRY DID NOT BELONG TO YOU'LL EAITHER!!!!!!

BalackOsama
BalackOsama

if obama was born in africa he CAN'T be president.maybe president of the monkeys but not humans

Joshua Shokunbi
Joshua Shokunbi

Sigh, as a 24 year old black male republican it's things like this that constantly make me reconsider my stance and makes me look forward to these old relics passing the torch and taking their issues with them.

If you're going to attack then attack boldly. Don't punch me in the face and tell me you were just kidding. 

mattlove1
mattlove1

I'm willing to accept her explanation.  Let's think about this a moment, and try to leave our mindreading out of this (and there seem to be a lot of people who think they can do this here - if you're so good, I'm thinking of a number between 1 and 1000, what is it?). She is clearly aware that Obama's mother is white, yet the mother in this group portrait is also a chimpanzee. So if we are to take this literally, she is saying "blacks and whites are apes" (which incidently, we all are) and she either accepts that fact without distress, or she hates blacks and whites equally, including herself, which is unfortunate for her, but it isn't rascism, it's known as misanthropy.  Also, as another commentor wrote, it's easy to find hundreds, thousands of pictures representing Bush as a chimp, just by Googling "bush + chimp" (I myself portrayed Bush asa chimp, and am absolutely unrepentant:  http://soundclick.com/share.cf.... While it is certainly true that Bush looks a lot more like a chimp than Obama does (just as he looks a lot more like Alfred E Newman than Obama does) it is not evidence of racism towards Bush to portray him as a chimp.  It is a sign of disrespect. If anybody is saying that Obama doesn't deserve disrespect, I can give you about 10,000 reasons why he deserves as much disrespect as Bush got, for almost all of the same reasons.  I'm when I see disrespect shown towards Obama in exactly the same way it was shown towards Bush - it suggests we are making progress towards Dr. King's goal; people being judged on the content of their character, not the color of their skin. If I were a mind reader (like y'all) I'd be pretty certain Dr. King would not respect Obama's (lack of) character very much. But of course I'm not.

Gailcharl2
Gailcharl2

Mame I can understand if u thought the pic was dumb in the first place and you were making fun of it. But what you intend is not always the outcome. Drawing a Hitler mustache or Nazi sign on a member of the party u support would also not be acceptable. Read that you felt betrayed by those who sent email to press. But I also feel betrayed when I go to work as a CRT and hear over my shoulder small group of middle class young white males say "we got nigers". That pic and others like it, give some people the ok, to treat others as less than human, maybe a step above the family pet. Think before you put forth info and ask, who will benifit from action. My name is Gail. God Bless.

Jcpinc
Jcpinc

That is the funniest picture I have ever seen !!!!! If Chris Rock posted it it would be funny to most every one here. Lighten up. I don't care if it offends it is funny ! Thanks to Obama /// Holder /// and their media army race relations in this country have been regressed back 50 years. We know the pic isn't authentic we all know there are no monkeys in Hawaii. I gotta say though I had to look at the pic a long time before I even noticed the little monkey was a pic of Obama. He cant help it he looks like a baby monkey.

Susansalisbury
Susansalisbury

So just so I understand the rules, this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... depicting George Bush morphing into a chimpanzee, and thousands more like it are NOT racist, because it is okay to hate George Bush and villify him, and besides he's white and a Republican. Right? But any suggestion of the same kind made about Obama is racist. Just trying to understand the logic. The rules for Republicans are that they are always racist even when the do something EXACTLY like what Democrats did to George Bush. But Democrats are never racist because they are good kind smart people. Excuse me but your hypocrisy is nauseating. The real chumps are you hypocrites.

Ralph Arbitelle
Ralph Arbitelle

The obvious lesson here is that email is still in the party line stage that telephones went through years ago. If you don't want personal ideas, thoughts jokes or beliefs shared use the phone or hand write a letter as we used to do. I doubt that you are so innocent that you would believe that whatever you send out of an offensive style will be sent about as if it were nothing but the validated truth.As a person of your stature you are held responsible for situations such as this. You are acting like a teen ager trying to get attention. Well you got it now what are you going to do to repair the damage.Ralph Arbitelle

jelly-rollo
jelly-rollo

These extreme right-wing folks kill off the progression of the "equality for all" agenda that most of us want. Obama did a lot of great changes, like unlimited stemcell research, which George Bush compromised with the right-wingers and sold out on the needy ones. Hopefully Obama, or at least the democrats, will hold the next term in office.

Orlytaitz
Orlytaitz

What a f**ing idiot! Love the comparison she tries to make to excuse this along with the birther argument which has already been proven wrong years ago and a dead subject.

FVX-BRZ
FVX-BRZ

Here is a sign of a sad way to the extinction of a nation called once US of America...

Ekim
Ekim

For those of you who are so offended by this picture were you equally offended a few years ago when several similar pictures of George W. Bush were circulating around the internet?

Spryturtle
Spryturtle

The caption under the picture is even more offensive, 'Tea Baggers.' The person that wrote the caption is referencing a sexual act.

WhatWillYouDoWithoutFreedom
WhatWillYouDoWithoutFreedom

Who really cares what any of those racist blacks think. I could care less what our half black pres thinks or Jessie Jackson or any of those other race baiter's think. Racism is alive and strong thanks the the obumer and his followers. You black had better wake up the Mexicans are taking over your "feel sorry for my ass status". If your not careful they are going to hold you right along with the white man responsible for their status and want compensation because of it. Sound familiar. And yes I think watermelon in the picture would be appropriate.

Mona Stenzel
Mona Stenzel

Davenport certainly has freedom of speech, but so does everyone else. We are free to criticize her racist behavior and condemn her for being a foolish bigot.

Whsla45
Whsla45

I have alway said that the Tea Party is an off shoot of the KKK

Marksatirv
Marksatirv

Have you checked out the images that Democrats posted, depicting President Bush as an ape? There seems to be a double standard operating here.

kopykatkilla
kopykatkilla

Ever heard of Monkeemail....Pretty cool I think I will send one to the Whitehouse....Obama sucks as a leader and an adolescent chimp would be a step up from his mentality.He should take the picture as a compliment. I thought his mutha was white! Did she like bananas?

Goto17033
Goto17033

Marilyn, dont resign because of this. The picture is funny to me. When Ronald Reagan was depicted as a buffoon in the Genesis music video Land of Confusion where was the outcry? By the way, where is President Obama's birth certificate? Can we see a copy of that now?

psb
psb

Would it be considered racist if Obama's head were placed on the head of an ass?....i mean donkey.

Tom Eggebeen
Tom Eggebeen

I'm glad to see GOP officials take notice of this, and I hope she either resigns or is relieved of leadership. Nonetheless, what disturbs me is her easy claims to innocence, the very heart and soul of narcissism. It's one thing to be hateful; but blindness to it is another, and, frankly, it's a more serious moral problem - narcissistic innocence is the root of profound evil. I suspect it's rife in GOP OC circles - "what, me? A racist? You gotta be kidding." All of this is a reflection of the "Southern Values" that took root in OC what with tens of thousands of migrants from the Deep South and West South who flocked here during WW2 and afterward to work in the aerospace industries. You can take the child out of the south, but it's tough to take the south out of the child. For more on this, read, "From Bible Belt to Sunbelt" by Darren Dochuk.

heythere
heythere

Black people were likened to apes for centuries, hon. It's not the same thing. There's a history. Parts of the South still believe that blacks are not human.

heythere
heythere

Likening a black person to an ape is racist. You need a history lesson.

heythere
heythere

Racism is not funny. The Tea Party is a dangerous deranged hate group.

heythere
heythere

George Bush is white. White people were not likened to monkeys for centuries by people who were against the banning of segregation.

000Dracon000
000Dracon000

Nice comparison of apples to oranges. Bush was portrayed as a chimp because of his opposition to the theory of Evolution and due to facial gestures he constantly made that really did make him look chimp-like. Obama is being portrayed as an ape to dehumanize him because of his race.

000Dracon000
000Dracon000

Nice new troll account, how much are they paying you?

000Dracon000
000Dracon000

No one cares what racist morons like you think. Society will progress without you just fine and if you choose to stand as a wall preventing us from moving forward, we'll have no choice but to go right through you. Stay on your hill, hillbilly and have fun fucking your sister while the rest of the human race lives like civilized people.

heythere
heythere

President Bush is white. It's not the same thing.

ming_on_mongo
ming_on_mongo

So how do you figure it's the same thing? Or are you saying that Bush's race was also involved when he was attacked (or maybe you claim like Davenport, that you really see nothing racist in comparing a black person to an ape)?

heythere
heythere

I love people like Goto17033 who get more and more Democrats elected every time they open their mouths.

ming_on_mongo
ming_on_mongo

Good point re: the Narcissism, and this has all the classic symptoms... the sense of "entitlement", the "grandiosity", the lack of accountability, and of course the total absence of empathy ("all that matters here is MY intention!"). And she's a "christian book publisher"! Or as Dana Carvey (aka the Church Lady) used to say, "well, isn't that Special...!"

BTW, agreed re: the culture wars as an extension of the Civil War and "southern values", which is plainly evident here in the deeply conservative Central Valley, where those same "children of the south" also settled in great numbers. And just as their "red state" kin place nationally, they're likewise among the poorest counties in this state. Oh, and wasn't OC the only county to ever declare bankruptcy...?

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