As political leaders from both sides of the aisle speak out against the weekend violence that happened in Charlottesville, Virginia, between white nationalists and counter-protesters, one local Republican claims only half the story is being told.
“It’s time to end the hypocrisy,” said Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors.
Stewart, who will challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine for his seat next year, said there is plenty of blame to go around.
“People condemned all those far-right agitators, but no one seemed to condemn the left wing,” he said. “Clearly, half of that violence was committed by left-wingers.”
Based on Stewart’s past actions, I can’t say that I’m surprised:
"All the weak Republicans, they couldn't apologize fast enough," Stewart said in an interview with The Washington Post. "They played right into the hands of the left wing. Those [Nazi] people have nothing to do with the Republican Party. There was no reason to apologize."
However, Stewart has made several joint appearances with Jason Kessler, the organizer of the "Unite the Right" rally that sparked the unrest in Charlottesville.
Stewart met Kessler at an event earlier this year to protest the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. And at one point during the primary race, Stewart attended a Charlottesville news conference with Kessler and Isaac Smith, founders of Unity and Security for America (USA), a fledgling group that calls for "defending Western Civilization."
Smith sometimes introduced Stewart at events and appeared at his side with alt-right symbols. Kessler and Smith also joined Stewart at a protest at the University of Virginia.
And this idiot spewed even more bull shit:
He warned mostly about “the left’s attempts to crack down on free speech” and made a brief statement condemning the violence and alleged murder that took place at the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville on Saturday.
He made no mention of the Virginia State police helicopter crash that took the lives of two veteran troopers, but thanked law-enforcement officials for their service today.
In a Facebook Live video filmed in his historic Bel Air Plantation home in Woodbridge, Stewart, who is now running for U.S. Senate, began his five-minute talk by declaring that “the left has never condemned their own violence.”
Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of Supervisors, went on to criticize U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine (D), saying he “applauded" his son when he was arrested “as a member of Antifa” after a protest in Minneapolis in May. Stewart is seeking the Republican nomination to unseat Kaine in 2018.
Linwood “Woody” Kaine, 24, was among five people arrested in connection with setting off smoke bombs or fireworks during a pro-Trump rally there. The attorney general declined to file charges against the younger Kaine or the other arrestees, according to news reports.
Kaine said in a prepared statement the displays of "violence and bigotry" seen today in Charlottesville are "sickening."
"The fact that people like David Duke cited the president to justify their views is a disturbing reminder that divisive rhetoric has sadly contributed to a climate where individuals who espouse hate feel emboldened," Kaine said. "As they seek publicity through their hateful tactics, let's pull together--regardless of party, race or religion--to reject hatred in no uncertain terms and stand together."
Stewart went onto say he feared Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) would “try to make all of Virginia a safe place,” apparently meaning a place safe from what he called “conservative speech.”
“The liberals will try to label all of conservative speech as hate speech and then try to forbid it,” Stewart said. “All those efforts will fail, and, in fact, the real irony of that, is as they continue to crack down on conservative speech that will lead to more violence.”
We cannot allow this pro-Confederate psychopath win U.S. Senator Tim Kaine’s (D. VA) seat. Let’s show Stewart we mean business and we’re not going to allow him to exploit Charlottesville for political gain or spread misinformation. Click here to donate and get involved with Kaine’s re-election bid.