Orange County Republican Party Member Circulates Racist Email Targeted At President Obama

ORANGE COUNTY (CBS) — KCAL9 received a tip about a racist email circulated to some Republican Party members depicting President Obama’s parents as chimpanzees.

This week Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party circulated what some are calling hate e-mail to an unknown number of her fellow conservatives.

Written under the words, “Now you know why — No birth certificate!”, is an Obama family portrait depicting his parents as chimpanzees.

When asked if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport is quoted as saying, “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.”

Former Chairman of the California Republican Party Michael Schroder has demanded Davenport’s resignation saying it’s not her first brush with racist rhetoric.

In February 2009, Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose, another Orange County Republican, emailed the White House watermelon image and then apologized.  While others demanded he step down, Davenport defended him.  When a Newport City Councillman voted against installing grass turf near the beach because it would “attract Mexicans”, Schroder claims that she supported him as well.

“That’s three strikes,” he says.

KCAL9 reporter Stacey Butler asked Davenport if she wanted to appear on camera but she declined.  She blames the media for blowing this story out of proportion.

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  • Mark O'Neal

    Google “Bush Monkey” and tell me this report is not a tad disingenuous

    • Pamela Cogswell Niles

      Hello? Bush as a monkey is FAR different than Obama and his parents as monkeys. The Bush-monkey comparison is not RACIST… it’s about his mental ability, and in many people’s minds, it was an apt comparison. Bush was targeted, repeatedly with racist remarks and photographs as President Obama is. There is no comparison to the two.

      • Eric Smith

        Why is it that when white people show thier real racist face they often smoke screen thier hatred by saying “I have black friends” it is likend to saying i own slaves but i dont hate them.
        Even though the jews owned 40% of the slaves in America, white people owned a small percent of slaves never the less a monkey would be more civilized than these people, these people are a threat to Society and all that make up this world which is why the world is in the condition it is in today.

      • ann

        everthing today is about race sooooooooooo sick of it get a life

      • Idie

        Yes, and the monkies should never have been so insulted. They are far more cleaver and kind then bush could ever be. The monkies are owed an apology.


      • Richard Davis

        Way to tell it Pamela!

      • Jean-Paul Sartre

        Right… and pigs fly!

    • michael

      thank you for saying this, thank you very much, hopefully it shuts everyone up who wants everything to be about race

      • maleak

        It iis about race. I think these people who are so hate filled and do things like this are afraid because soon they will be the minority, Where will they move to then? Can’t move out of the neighborhood, Latino’s and African Americans will rule, but simce these races of people have more compassion and caring, you’ll never see anything as disgusting as some on the right say and do,

      • supremely informed

        I know Michael, nothing at all racist about depicting the black president as a monkey, whats so bad about that…everyone knows the tea party is a bunch of white people who just want a smaller gov…..

      • Saber 1

        I will vote for her again. She is awesome, run for President? Maybe she can get all the minorities in line.

      • yolanda

        people like you talk s_h_i_t behind a wall come real give your real name

      • Jean-Paul Sartre

        Everything is about RACE!

      • "even steven"


    • Jack Joyce

      You racist.

    • Roger

      If you think that’s all this is you’re a damn fool.

    • Mark Kuykendall

      But Bush LITERALLY looks like a chimp.

      • Saber 1

        So do you but we don’t say anything.

    • Marty Rogers

      The Bush photo was sent by an elected official? do you not see the difference?

    • Marty Rogers

      that was sent by an elected official? if so that person sould have stepped down. If it is just regular people well, it is not the same, now is it?

    • Dwayne

      @ Mark – Google “black people monkey America” and you’ll have your answer.

    • Dwayne

      @ Mark – Google “black people monkey America” and you’ll have your answer.

    • datruth

      You’ve GOT to be kidding! You ought to reflect a little on history. Calling a black man a boy or depicting him as a monkey is not the same as doing it to a white man. Sorry if that seems unfair, but the inappropriateness results from our history.

    • DAVID

      One major difference, Mark! In this case, you have an entire race of people who, for years, were slurred with this negative connotation, Disingenuous is to try to conflate the two examples without knowing there is a major difference, which is what YOU did,

      • Steve

        Exactly although context means nothing in the face of ideological argument.

      • zheng ye

        So it’s okay if one person is slurred, but not another?
        You are the disingenuous one with a terrible double standard

    • Steve

      somewhat disingenuous, but i am willing to bet Mrs Davenport is not a racist, super conservative and probably extremely naive, but not racist.

      I really think she meant that he is a monkey born in Africa and that reinforces the birther argument. And she is soooo innocent and naive she didnt realize the correlation between a ‘monkey’ and a black man.

      I know this seems like a stretch, but i personally know Mrs Davenport and even though we dont get along, I do believe what she says is the truth.

      If you think she is mean spirited racist, you are wayyyy off, whatever you think. She is merely either:

      naive, dumb, innocent, or just that sweet (I can make a case against the latter!!)

      shes not perfect but not even close of capable of such racism, MISCOMMUNICATION! she was thrown under the bus before she even had a chance.

      She is only going to look worse as this drags on, if she knowws what is best she will keep her mouth shut otherwise national news is gonna run with this even harder and make her and Mr. Davenport’s life hell.

      • denise jones

        My assumption is that there are more people routing for her supercilious behavior, than merely looking at the bigger picture. Wrong is wrong despite if she’s a racist or not. If she does in fact have black friends then she should know better. She’s not an idiot and she’s not naïve, and she just may be a really nice person. However, the negative connotation is very present and I am more than certain that she was fully aware of its contents. The issue is that if she isn’t a racist why take any time out of her day to put the picture together along with a message? No one is trying to throw her under the bus, she through herself under it. It was done out of malice and with disrespectful demeaning ulterior motives. What was funny or appropriate about what she did? Nothing. She never imagined getting in trouble for this and it’s blowing up in her face. She deserves to get whatever will happen to her.

    • LORI

      Orange County Republican Party This is very RACIST if you want a racist to think this is a joke well LAUGH YOURSELF OUT OF A JOB NOW THAT IS FUNNY. THIS IS NOT GOOD FOR OUR COUNTRY.l

      • Annie Eskridge

        I agree with you. This COUNTRY should be moving foward instead of backwards. This lady needs much prayer and most of all she needs to GET SAVED and turn from her wicked ways or she will end up in hell. Hell does exist. Can’t we get along and treat every one with respect?

      • Liz

        you are so right Lori!

    • lynn

      george bush should have been gifted with an IED. Him Laura and those trick *itches they spawned. Google that

    • Joseph

      Mark Oneal Reilly, You are right, this report is a tad disingenuous. Bush did not look a monkey at all, he looked like a big hairy ass! Just like the rest of you Teabaggers!!!

    • David

      Can you say “tu quoque?”

    • JR

      That is the constant ploy of the right-wing kooks. As soon as they get caught being their true racist and ignorant selves, they want to scream about what happened to someone else. Just like little kids shouting they didn’t start it. With all due respect to young children who have far more character and intelligence than this nut case in California and those who would defend her racism.

    • Jonah

      the difference with that it the Bush image was designed to mean Bush is stupid.

      this is designed to be racist. because it has obama’s parents as monkeys and monkeys is terms that used to be associated with african-americans during slavery.

      • Roger

        “zheng ye”, she had a right to do this, we have a right to demand she step down because she’s a moron. I doubt Obama’s too thin-skinned to handle morons like this, you’re probably too thick-skulled to think for five minutes about it before you treat us with such a lovely abortion of a comment

      • zheng ye

        Obyango is stupid, just like his predecessor. If he can’t handle such cartoons, he should not run for office. If other people can’t handle the cartoon, tough.

    • Richard Davis

      Not the same Mark. If George W. Bush were African American, then I’d agree. This outrage is about racism. Pure and simple.

      • Nicholas

        @Dan Yes the NAZI photos went too far – see unlike you I will admit there are extreme people to be found in both parties. Something else that went over the line is your characterizaton of ALL liberals. That is the hallmark of a bigot – painting an entire group of people with the same brush.

      • Nate

        “Guess what liberals, just the fact that you learned how to speak doesn’t make you intellignet. It makes you a babbaling idiot.”

        ‘Nuff said. At least this liberal can spell intelligent.

      • Cate

        @Dan: I’m liberal and I never saw any Nazi photos. I’m not saying they don’t exist; they just weren’t emailed.
        The Bush/monkey thing: I saw an array of pics in which he was pulling the same faces as his chimp counterpart. It had nothing to do with race, and anyone who would suggest so is clueless.

      • JR

        Dan, don’t you think if you are going to attack somone’s intelligence, you ought to at least be able to spell the word “intelligent”? Or are you just trying to prove who the real “babbaling idiot” is and who should have their face put over a clown?

      • Dan

        What about the NAZI photos the left made of Bush? Aren’t they a little over the top? A liberal would say, NO. An intelligent person will say, YES. Guess what liberals, just the fact that you learned how to speak doesn’t make you intellignet. It makes you a babbaling idiot. A clown of sorts. Maybe we should just put Obama’s face over a clowns. Won’t take much to photoshop work.

    • Sharon

      two wrongs don’t make a right Mark

    • Danita Williams-Johnson

      No. If someone were to google Bush, or any other white public official, in a Ku Klux Klan robe; then, you will be in position to speak on this.

    • SoCalJohn1

      I have just looked it up and it was quite funny. I did not realize how much the many faces of Bush do look like a monkey in comparison and the “artist” who did the comparisons acutally did a great job. Humor in this case however is far from the racism displayed by the “Birthers”.

      This is just another shining example of how the Tea Partiers are wearing the same white hoods they used to, only now under the disguised name of “Birthers”. If this was just the few extremists that are into conspiracy theories (like Bush was responsible for 9/11 kind of supidity) then I would laugh it off…but when 25% of the population (over half the republicans) are saying they believe this, then I no longer have doubts. This “Birther” conspiracy can be dismissed in 5 minutes of research on Google when you find that in 2007 when the birth certificate was released in Hawaii, the department head and the Governor of Hawaii were both McCain supporting republicans and you can also find the newspapers (yes, 2 of them) that had birth announcements in the following days.

      I’m a native Southern Californian but having spent some of my formative years (1973 – 1976) in Southaven MS and Memphis TN, I can say I’ve seen many blatent displays of racism and the Tea Party “Birthers” are simply using the word “Kenyan” in place of “Ni___”. As hard as you try to hide the racism…I can still see the angry racist eyes from under those hoods yelling “Take our country back from this Kenyan”…Sad and Pathetic!

      Mark…I think that for you to post you do not see the difference is “a tad disingenuous”.

      • and

        you are from southern californian that speaks volume on what u write and your remarks

    • ELFB

      Bush is not Black!!! Can you see a difference?

    • Biki

      “Bush Monkey” (Curious George) referred more to the intellect, or lack thereof of our previous President, rather than an attack on his parentage/ethnicity etc.
      If you’re going to respond, argue your response on the same subject instead of using a comparison that does not relate to the issue at hand.
      You all know better at the obvious race implications of this email and shame us that deny that fact. It is sad that as Americans, and knowing our history we have those that say “HA HA HA this lady is awesome. Freedom of speech, period.” Here is an elected official that shpould elevate us as a people, instead we have dwelved back into the depths of ignorance and bigtory. And of Marilyn Davenport claim to be a Christian lady living a Christ-like lifetstyle…righhht….it’s always those “innocent’ ones that “meant no harm” that cause us as a nation the most embrassment

  • Bernice Vinson

    As a monkey, Barack Obama looks better than Marilyn Davenport. A monkey with it’s good spiritual values would be shame of Evil Mariilyn Davenport’s evil values. I’m ashame of an elected official behaving like a idiot on our dollar..

    • rube

      honeychild~ ru just ashamed of maxine waters, charlie rangel or john conyers for their highly unethical behavior.

      • john simpson

        None of those people started 2 phoiny wars, that have caused the lives of thousands of American soldiers!

      • Idie

        NO, HONEYCHILD, BUSH was enough for a century of evil deeds.

      • Sharon

        yes, as a democrat I am disgusted….a couple of bad apples for sure but it does not dignify this!

      • ELFB

        or Ensign, or Mark Sandford, or Newt, or Spitzer.. Bad behavior is not relegated to one race or culture!!!

  • Just a Thought


  • oc resident
    • rondo

      This Lady needs to go. People need to stop passing judgement on other people.

  • Maurice Humphries

    I’m all for freedom of speech, and I love a good joke, however this smells of racism. I think this very disrespectful and utterly shameful, we should be beyond this point in America, but it goes to show that racism is still a live in this country. If a non-white had sent an email depicting former President Bush in such a manner as to put his likeness on the body of Adolf Hitler or as a primate both the media and the GOP would ask for that person’s head. Race still matters in this country if it didn’t this event would have never had happened. The man has both African and Anglo ancestry in his bloodline, so I must ask why is our nation still mired in racial prejudice?

    • DoofusMcKee

      I agree
      I did not vote for him but he is our President and deserves respect
      As a conservative I am embarassed by many of these tea party types

      • Darlene Coleman

        Mr. McKee! Thank you for speaking up and saying that! I think we need to hear from more “conservatives” such as yourself. Lots of people disagreed with President Bush but he was NEVER treated as disrespectfully as has our current president. The Tea Partiers are giving all conservatives a black eye, and that may not be fair to those of you who don’t stoop to such levels

        EVERYBODY knows that the photo Davenport used was to indeed send a racist message. I can’t believe that some people here are offended because it was called exactly what it is, but are not offended by the picture or Davenport’s actions. I guess in that matter most we are not at all a progressive society.

      • Cate

        Thanks for saying that. The extreme is never flattering…to either party. But the lengths that have been taken with Obama–from race baiting to birthers–reeks of racism, or in the least a bit of white fear. I love hearing from reasonable conservatives.

      • Sharon

        thank you. A person with common sense. I wish there were more people like you out there.

    • Michelle

      Amen. Just goes to show you that racism is still alive and rearing it’s hateful and disgusting ugly head even in a progressive state like California.

  • Racism exists in ALL colors

    So what if Davenport is racist? Who cares? SO IS OBAMA!!! And so are millions of other non-white people out there. Don’t believe me? If you’re white, come live where I live. You’ll see what I’m talking about. About Davenport….. What difference does it make TO YOU if she is a racist? Absolutely none! Don’t want that kind of person in office? Then vote her out! This is a boring article. Who cares?!

    • corba7

      Who cares? How about those who do not want TEA Partiers, conservatives and Republicans continuing to be viewed as stereotypical racists despite all the racists in the world? Who cares? How about those in the TEA Party, conservatives and/or Republican who see what Ms. Davenport did as damaging for what they truly stand for? And what was Ms. Davenport thinking? She should have known something like that would go public. Email is not that private. She needs to go.

    • Ronnie

      you care enough to reply and voice your opinion… blacks were hung to death not to long ago for less…. but of course what difference does that make if your bored with this article…

      • Sharon

        I agree….


      It seems to me that you care because you took the time to post a message.

    • lynn

      It’s so boring your dumb ass felt the need to weigh in. STFU

    • ami

      If its boring umm why are you commenting? You could have very well ignored it. The face that you took the time to comment shows you have some concern. People that chose to beome politicians, entertainers or whatever model that will constantly be in the publics eye will be judged. Its the American way. Opinions are just that.

    • Modus tollens

      Show me ONE racist quote, email, publication, comment, etc… that President Obama has made that proves he’s a racist and then you will will have some credibility. But attempting to justify some one’s despicable, racist, hate mail by saying someone else is a “racist too,” is pedantic.

  • Jazzy

    Fire !!!!! Marilyn Davenport. This is a disgrace, I feel sorry for her children and the people who voted for her

  • Guest32

    Huh. Well, I’ve seen Bush and Palin and McCain all beheaded, with blood dripping from their severed heads and words “kill” underneath them, and that was not even on the same poster.
    And trust me, I don’t care AT ALL about these people but still: I’ve seen these posters, mostly at anti-war rallies of all places, and then a few at Democrat rallies. You can google kill bush or kill palin if you really need to see the love for yourself. Still, I don’t think anyone who’s best argument against Obama is that he “may be a monkey” deserves to be representing a political group. However, the article does not state that this created the email, just circulated it. And with people like Jason Levin and George Soros roaming the planet, I have to wonder who actually created the email she circulated to her friends.

    • stellamojo

      If you saw those posters at Democrat rallies, you should provide evidence. Just because you SAY you SAW them doesn’t mean anything to anyone. MY GOD, STOP listening to Glenn Beck, he’s illiterate!

  • kermit

    some people probably think he’s a monkey, good for them, who cares. when you call someone a monkey you’re calling them dumb, half-white half-black people aren’t the only ones that descended from monkeys

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  • Cindy C

    I think it’s more of a Newport Beach issue than the whole Orange County. NB city counsilmembers are for the most part very prejudice. Period.

  • upyours

    Racist? How is this different than burning the Koran?

  • Cindy C

    ” When a Newport City Councillman voted against installing grass turf near the beach because it would “attract Mexicans”, Schroder claims that she supported him as well.”

    It’s not just about President Obama…

    • Debbie A

      But is all about hate…..get a clue. Or perhaps you have black friends too. And mexican friends also. A racist is a racist.

      • Cate

        No, if you have black friends, you get a free pass to be a racist as long as you mention said black friends when you’re defending yourself from the critics. It’s a perk.
        Ms. Davenport, do your black friends know you use them to excuse your racism? That’s not how this works, and something tells me you may lose that free pass soon.

  • Meadows

    Guest32, you may have seen pictures of Bush and Palin with their heads decapitated, but I doubt they were sent around by an elected official.

  • Neo2627

    Lady you are a racist, in denial! You claim you sent this e-mail to a few friends? How many of those friends where black? Lady you sound like some kind of ‘nut’! If you are not on meds, you need to be! Sure this might be a joke to you; but there is a very large portion of the population, that knows now that ‘you’ are the ‘joke’!

    • ThinkClearly

      It also goes to show that those “few friends” are also racists and have no problem laughing at the hate that message contained. I find it hard to believe that this is not the first email she has sent to theses
      “few friends” that contained racist images or comments. I hope that someone leaks the list of people she sent that email to, then we can see just how many of her friends are also racist hate mongers.

  • bill burns

    Everyone knows the coloreds share the same DNA as chimpanzees . What’s there to figure out?

    • Cate

      I wish I could believe that you’re being tongue-in-cheek, but something tells me you’re one of Davenport’s biggest fans.

    • Debbie A

      We ALL share that same DNA. How hateful can you get mr racist.

    • ami

      You would know Bill your grandmother was one of them or at least mating with one. Thats why your such an animal unfortunately not as smart one. Bill Burns I happen to know many Black people with that last name many of them black and white mixed. I bet your dumb behind lay out in the sun and tan…I know secretly you wish you too can be one…lmao..or at least get a piece…

    • ELFB

      bil burns, YOU ARE STUPID!!!

    • MIchelle Erwin

      All humans originated from Africa and then migrated North. Let’s check your DNA.

  • Jeb_BMWLover

    Silly me.

    I thought race was a social construct.

    Or should I ask Dubya’s brown nephew about his race?

  • Nicl

    You racist pigs can go F-yourselves. How that for free speech…

  • TrendtT

    Actually I see HO-bama as being a descendant of Cain’s side of the human race and how would you depict that – showing HO-bama with a Koran in his hand and kneeling in prayer to his false god.
    The evil side of the human race.

    • Ginger

      You are an idiot. Muslims, Jews, and Christians believe in the same God. You’d know that if you bothered to study and not listen to Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh.

  • Mary Jo

    She is not a racist – We have video of her having sex with black man. Many at the same time………Just a joke, but how would she feel about that made up pic.

  • Merilee eaton

    If your not a racist I’m the Pope ! I’m sure your make believe black friends really loved your art project ! I made one of your family , but your parents were siblings.

  • Jeb_BMWLover


  • DAN


    • ami

      then you should wear it Dan. Isnt Dan the name of that Chimp there doing the stem cell project. I think your related to him..

  • Black and Beautiful

    Only iggnorant honkeys like her would go there. Thank goodness for our BLACK President. Our (African American) people stepped up and voted him into preseidency because obviusly theses craker cakes cant do the job. Thank Bush for killing all our soilders for a war that brought all us into dept. Obama is cleaning up the messes of white folks… Those greedy saltine crackers.

    • big mamma

      what are u living on another plantet he is the worse man to sit in that white house i thought jimmy carter was a big dummy ombam has him beat by a long shot and put us in a thrid war he deserves to wear a monkey face

  • greg

    I laughed my ass off when I saw it, it’s actually a better picture of him than they have daily in the WSJ. is she racist, maybe,is she ANTI-OBAMA yes, maybe that’s all it is.

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