GOP Obama-as-Chimp Emailer Now Sorry for ‘Unwise’ Racism

April 19, 2011

(ChattahBox Political News)—Marilyn Davenport, an elected Republican official from Orange County, California is now very, very sorry for her “unwise” decision to send a racist email to dozens of people. Sorry, Marilyn Davenport, decent people are not buying what you are selling. You may be indeed be viewed as a “gentle” Christian grandmother within your own circle of white privileged tea party Republicans, but you have also been exposed as a cold-hearted racist. After issuing a defiant non-apology for distributing an offensive email depicting our first black president as a child of chimpanzees, with the text,“Now you know why — No birth certificate,” Davenport has buckled under the weight of national condemnation, and apparent arm-twisting from local Republican officials to appear more contrite. On Monday, she tried again. This time, instead of defiantly portraying the racist email as a “joke” and “much ado about nothing,” while also casting herself as the victim of the “liberal media,” Davenport released a statement of humble apology “To my fellow Americans.” But at the same time, she still refuses to step down from her position with the Republican Party. And the birther and tea party granny wants her “fellow Americans” to know she’s not a racist. But of course, she is.

The New York Daily News reports on Davenport’s second attempt at an apology:

“Marilyn Davenport did not say sorry not in person, but through a statement read to the Orange County Republican Central Committee by fellow member Tim Whitacre. Davenport said she didn’t show up at the committee meeting because she feared for her life.”

“To my fellow Americans and to everyone else who has seen this e-mail I forwarded and was offended by my action, I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior,” the 74-year-old wrote.

“I say unwise because at the time I received and forwarded the e-mail, I didn’t stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive,” Davenport said.

“I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity,” she said in her apology. “Everyone who knows me knows that to be true.”

Whatever. Scott Baugh, chairman of the Orange County Republican Party still wants Davenport to resign for distributing the email he condemned as “dripping with racism” that has tarnished the California Republican Party.

But Davenport told the OC Weekly’s R. Scott Moxley that she’s not going anywhere. And she denies that she’s a racist.

“I’m not going to resign,” Davenport tells me. “I really have no plans to do so. My constituents have told me not to resign, and I’m very happy with their support. Everybody who knows me says they can’t believe people are calling me a racist. I am not a racist, but I do think I need to apologize again with different words.”

Davenport also wrapped herself in the Bible, referring to herself as “an imperfect Christian lady.” Untold hate and bigotry is carried out daily under the banner of right-wing Christianity, and Davenport’s behavior is just another example.

Davenport suggested to the OC Weekly’s reporter that she was concerned about the damage done to her “reputation.” Her reputation as what exactly? An extremist tea party member and racist birther conspiracy theorist, who peddles the falsehood that our first black president was born in Kenya? Is that the reputation she’s talking about? Or maybe, Davenport is worried about her reputation as a spirited defender of bigoted lawmakers.

She needn’t worry. Her “reputation” is intact.


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