The Republican Party nominee in Virginia’s 2018 U.S. Senate campaign made extraordinary claims that America has moved on from racism — drawing an immediate rebuke from the two black men on MSNBC at the same time.
Guest hosting AM Joy for Joy Reid, the Rev. Al Sharpton repeatedly asked Stewart to name a single black leader supporting his candidacy.
“In 2018, Corey Stewart is running, he has said on national TV he’s been voted on several times by blacks in this county and I’m asking him for the third time to name me one black leader in Virginia that’s supporting you for the Senate,” Rev. Sharpton noted. “Because I’m sure if you had that record, they’d have to be at least one that says, ‘send this man to the senate, he will fight for everybody equally.’ Name them.”
“You’re so obsessed with race, Reverend, it’s unbelievable,” Stewart argued. “The country has moved on, you’re stuck in a different time.”
“I understand your pain, Reverend, it’s a very difficult interview, he’s unable to answer any of the questions,” fellow panelist and MSNBC regular Touré noted. “Later we can ask him if the Civil War was fought over slavery, that will be very interesting.”
“Touré, for someone my age, you should know the country has moved on. We have mixed communities today, mixed families, people don’t look at each other based on their race first anymore,” Stewart claimed. “We have moved on, America has benefitted, America is better today than it was.”
“I wish that the nation had moved on, I wish that it would be just that easy to say that bias is gone, but it’s simply not, it’s deeply ingrained in all of us,” Touré replied. “As a nation, we continue to see black and brown people as worth less.”
“And we have a president who is openly racist,” Touré argued. “And the David Dukes and the Richard Spencers of the world support and celebrate and worship him.”
Rev. Sharpton returned to Stewart’s inability to name any black support in a commonwealth that the U.S. Census Bureau estimates is 19.8 percent African American.
“I asked you to name me a black leader in your state supporting you, just like Kellyanne Conway couldn’t name the black in the Trump administration, you can’t name a black leader,” Rev. Sharpton noted.
“I gave you the opportunity to just shut me down and you bolstered my argument,” he noted.
“That’s why I love to have you on,” Rev. Sharpton added.