A right-wing lawmaker of Virginia denied being a racist after being called out on supporting politicians with white supremacist views.
U.S. representative Scott Taylor was challenged by Democrat Elaina Luria who’s running against the GOP-er for November’s reelection. During a campaign rally with Senator Tim Kaine, the former Democratic vice presidential nominee on Saturday, Luria claimed that Taylor was in full support of GOP Senate candidate of Virginia Corey Stewart.
Stewart is known for his ties with politicians who hold white nationalist and anti-Semitic beliefs. He also supports Trump and were described by citizens as a neo-Confederate.
“He should reject the fact that Corey Stewart stands next to racists and anti-Semites,” Luria said according to The Virginian Pilot. “If he doesn’t have the fortitude to reject those values, then I think he stands with him.”
Taylor shot back at Luria and called Democrats “stupid” if they believe he supports Stewart.
“I don’t give a shit about Corey Stewart… No one else does either except for Democrats who are trying to target me. … No one cares, except for a small teeny amount of people you met at the cupcake place,” the Virginia lawmaker said. “What are they trying to say? That Scott Taylor likes Corey Stewart so therefore he’s a racist?”
Taylor’s next comment shocked the crowd of supporters. ” Do you think that’s going to play here?… My son is named after a Black guy. I’m a military guy. We don’t give a shit about where you come from. Black, white, brown, gay, straight. I don’t care.”
The GOP-er also tweeted that his son Sterling was named after a Black soldier.
@ArisFolley @thehill Very much beneath you guys to editorialize my comments in your title on social media for click bait. Yes, son named after a black guy, one of the best I've ever known, who was killed in Afghanistan for you and I. Pretty damn low of you.
— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) July 9, 2018
Rep. Taylor stated that he plans on managing his own campaign differently than Stewart’s. He added, “People keep writing, ‘Oh my God. Corey Stewart is going to weigh down the ticket.’ … Did Trump weigh me down? No. Not at all. It’s crap.”