Saying the Republican Party has a black, brown and woman voter problem is an under statement. The party’s utter disinterest in non-white votes and running an inclusive campaign in 2012 is why Mitt Romney lost to President Barack Obama. While the Republican National Committee promised to do better after the party’s shellacking, nothing’s really changed. In fact things seemed to have deteriorated and gotten a lot worse.
The RNC’s lone black staffer, Telly Lovelace, National Director of African American Initiatives and Media appears to have some trouble communicating. A source sent me a screen shot of a profanity-laden tirade Lovelace posted last night on what seems to be his Facebook page.
Among dropping f-bomb and using the n-word, TL Lovelace wrote that “I don’t kiss them white boyz ass and you def not on my list. . .so f##k you and the rebone bone crew mo—fu###rs. . .”
His post noted he was having cocktails at 14th and Park, a popular DC restaurant and club. Perhaps Lovelace let the drinks get the best of him. Lovelace phoned me today and denied he posted this. He explained his Facebook page was “hacked” and that he lost his phone last night. But this contradicts what two independent sources told me. If this is true, why wouldn’t Lovelace remove the post like some of his Facebook followers urged him to do as recently as this morning?
The other problem is this response from his account where he comments to his followers that:
“No its not hacked . . .Just tired of these white boyz and sell out negros who think I’m kissin ass. .Yall got the wrong black Republican.. So Wooo. . I’m good!”
Notice that many of his followers advise him to remove the post.
In an April 1, 2016 press release, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said: “Engaging with Black voters and all diverse communities across the country is a top priority for the RNC.”
“Telly is a welcome addition to our team, and I’m confident his experience will help us build on our commitment to cultivate relationships and trust with Black media and Black communities,” he added.
How is this kind of language posted publicly on a social media website by the RNC’s only black staffer going to help Donald Trump win black votes or any votes?
If this isn’t the same Telly Lovelace, the resemblance is striking and you can decide for yourself.
Earlier this year, I reached out to Mr. Lovelace for some advice on a project and he was helpful. But for someone, particularly a black man, with over 20 years experience in communications to use this course language, exhibits very poor judgment. These are the words of a thug and shouldn’t ever be associated with the RNC’s black outreach director or any professional.
Moreover, for someone who worked for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Congressmen Michael Turner and Jerry Weller, and Senator Jim Talent, Lovelace should know better than to say “you little bitch n**ga” to anyone. I expected much more from Mr. Lovelace.
In an election where polls show a tight race emerging between GOP nominee Donald Trump and Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, every vote will matter. If Lovelace is an example of the RNC’s black outreach, it falls woefully short. Of course, I don’t think the RNC was ever really serious about being more inclusive and winning anyway. Hiring one black person, less than eight months before the election shows a commitment to losing again like the GOP did in 2012 when the RNC ran the same token playbook.