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Marilyn Davenport Circulates Email Of Obama As An Ape

04/16/2011 – by Cynthia S. Wright

Orange County is known to most as a beautiful oceanfront destination, but within all that beauty, there seems to be an underlying current of anti-gay bigotry, anti-Semitism, and racism – which forever reason, the county is not trying to shake.

Recently, local magazine, OC Weekly has obtained a copy of an email circulating from conservative, Republican Tea Party activist,

Picture Sent in Davenport's Email

Marilyn Davenport.  In this email, the words, “Now you know why no birth certificate,” are shown alongside a photo of the Obama family as apes.

This incident hasn’t been the first time that the OC Republicans have gotten in trouble for regarding their emails. In 2009, their party came under scrutiny when it was known that an email circulated showing a watermelon field in front of the White House.

Davenport insists, that this email is something different.

(This time, the email is blatantly racist  and I’m sure Donald Trump would have approved.)

“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.”

So, knowing a black person that qualifies you to send racially, offensive propaganda? Also, the fact (and by her own admission) she only sent it to people that she felt would be “okay with it”, paints her as a tactless, irresponsible individual.

Michael J. Schroeder, the former chairman of the Republican Party, who also resides in Orange County, is not fond of Davenport’s email nor her logic.

“This is a three strikes situation for Marilyn Davenport,” Schroeder said. “She was a passionate defender of former Newport Beach city councilman Dick Nichols who stated that he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because, he said, there were already ‘too many Mexicans on the beach.’ She was also on the wrong side of the fence with the Los Alamitos mayor and his White House watermelon patch picture. Now, she has managed to top both of those incidents by comparing African Americans to monkeys. She has disgraced herself and needs to resign. If she doesn’t, the Republican Party must remove her.”

Davenport does not appear to share his point of view. After the story was made public, Davenport sent another email to her fellow conservative activists demanding to know the identity of the cowardly person who sent out her “Obama=ape” email.

Just two percent of Orange County’s 3 million population are African American.



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11 Responses to Marilyn Davenport Circulates Email Of Obama As An Ape

  1. Gilberto Mucio

    April 18, 2011 at 10:12 pm


  2. Melanie Nathan

    April 18, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Plain disgusting and Davenport is clearly disturbed. I mean not even the worst of the worst would a. do this to start with and b. have the audacity to e-mail it out 0- The scary part is that a person like Davenport feels empowered enough to send this out – as if she has claimed a right to her racism. I can only reach the conclusion of diminished mental capacity – I just cannot fathom it..

  3. bonncaruso

    April 17, 2011 at 6:39 am

    What Ms. Davenport is doing follows a statistical pattern. This information may be disturbing to people with a brain in their heads.

    Such racists attacks on Obama have come from rock-solid red CD’s, where the GOP has little to lose by letting these racist rockets launch.

    Geoff Davis (R-KY) called Obama a “boy” in 2008. His position is secure. He still has a job.

    Sherri Goforth (R-TN) sends a racist email depicting Obama as a “spook” among the pictures of all the other presidents. Sherri Goforth still has her job working for state senator Diane Black.

    Congressman Steve King (R-IA 05) has said too many things over the top to even begin with, but notably he said that were Obama to be elected, “El Quaida will be dancing in the streets”. Until redistricting in IA, Steve King’s seat was rock solid red.

    Folks, this is a proxy war, and a planned one at that. The GOP may have just hurt itself in Orange County this time: Obama got 48% of the vote there in 2008, an impressive showing. This time, it may have been a major mistake. But it is a proxy war, usually using people lower on the totem pole, so that the upper-ups keep their hands washed-clean of the stench of it all.


      April 18, 2011 at 3:47 am

      What racism? Obama is HALF WHITE incase you forgot. It’s funny how the ignorant and uneducated make flagrant quantum leaps to delirious assumptions based off their own societal projections, drawing erroneous conclusions about something that does not even exist. In other words, you are a guilty proponent of fanning the flames of racism by employing the “RACE CARD,” a devious and cunning tactic of the militant and radical Socialist-Left.

    • Cynthia S. Wright

      April 18, 2011 at 10:11 am

      This not about pulling a “race card”, this is about someone who did something racist. Black people have been compared to apes for centuries as an attempt to dehumanize and break us. I know it is hard for SOME who can’t identify to see the correlation and that Ms. Davenport – in fact – knew what she was doing and that it was a messed up thing. If she didn’t feel that way, she would have shared it with the whole party NOT just a select few AND she wouldn’t have referenced the person that made the email public as a coward.

    • Erkhyan

      April 18, 2011 at 3:58 am

      You mean that when the Tea Party and/or the Republicans calls Obama a black Muslim, they actually know he’s a half-white Christian? Then why do they keep getting back to that? Pathological lying disorder?

  4. Irate Over Racism

    April 16, 2011 at 9:52 pm

    Dear Ms. Davenport,

    You and others like you are what’s wrong with our society. In sterotypical GOP fashion you lash out against the one who outed you for your disgusting display of racism rather than take responisbility for your our bad action and being an ignorant, race-card-playing, Tea Party/Republican coward. And in stereotypical narrow minded, white person’s form and fashion you try to hide behind the “Im not a racist because I have Black friends excuse.” Shame on you. I was so insensed by your transgression I just donated $1,000.00 to the Obama campaign and I am not even a democrat but enough is enough. LIke it or not, we are all in this boat together and a brilliant and brave man has his hand on the tiller even if you don’t like the direction. Elections have consequences and a majority of your fellow Americans chose Obama and will most likely choose him again–especially if those of your ilk keep fanning the flames of hatred which will rally the rightous to his cause. Again, shame on you.


      April 18, 2011 at 3:36 am

      So where was your self-adulating ‘noble’ protest when G.W. Bush was portrayed as an ape on the internet? The opposition had zipped lips on that one. Didn’t they? What Davenport circulated was FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION and it is protected under the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, just like what your militant and radical Leftist artist friends call ‘art’, i.e. the Christian Crucifix in a bottle of the artist’s urine, or the burning of the American Flag, or portraying Christ Jesus on the Cross as a woman. We Conservative-Christian-Republicans HAD to tolerate all the maligning crap from your circle of friends, yet you and the Democrats are quick to cry foul and throw tanthrums like backboneless cry babies when you can’t take the heat. Get over it!


      April 18, 2011 at 3:50 am

      CORRECTION: First Amendment – Freedom of Expression.

    • Erkhyan

      April 18, 2011 at 4:23 am

      Nice slip of the (tongue? keyboard?) there. Why is the gun ownership amendment the first thing that comes to your fingers when you mean freedom of expression?

      Also, please know that not everyone on the left is a militant radical artist. Just like I know that not everyone on the right is a racist, homophobic, misogynistic, xenophobic, gun-loving, pseudo-Christian lunatic.

    • bigyaz

      April 18, 2011 at 11:43 am

      HYPOCRISY SLAYER: Yes, Ms. Davenport is free to circulate whatever hateful, racist materials she likes. She will not be arrested for it, and the government will not prevent her from doing so. That’s what the First Amendment protects.

      But she can (and should and will) be criticized, be vilified and likely lose her position in the Republican Party. One can say whatever one wants, but that does not mean there won’t be consequences.

      If you’re going to throw around the Bill of Rights you should try to understand just what it does (and doesn’t) protect.