State Sen. Elbert Guillory of Opelousas, who made big news last month when he switched from Democrat to Republican, has embraced his new party with zeal in the weeks since, giving speeches, appearing on television and urging other African-Americans to see if the GOP is right for them. Guillory, who used the words "party of disappointment" to describe the Democrats (he also urged blacks to "leave the government plantation"), has attempted to turn "Party of Disappointment" into a meme on social media.
Guillory also has appeared on programs such as Fox News' Hannity, where he criticized President Barack Obama in ways that might be more awkward for white Republicans. Last weekend, Guillory's Twitter account took that to a new level, tweeting a photo of Obama that was credited to "Extremely Pissed-Off Right Wingers."
"It is very sad that our first African-American president will be judged in history as the most inept, corrupt, wasteful, subversive, destructive and divisive President ever," the photo's caption read, before summing up: "A man twice elected because of the color of his skin rather than the content of his character."
In a July 1 speech in Little Rock, where he was attending a meeting of the Republican Party of Arkansas, Guillory told Nic Horton of The Arkansas Project that he objected to Obama because "he has been even worse than terrible for the black community. By using his skin color, he has helped to keep our community in his hip pocket, in the hip pocket of his party." — Kevin Allman