MSNBC host Rev. Al Sharpton and Virginia U.S. Senate candidate Corey Stewart got into a heated argument on Sunday morning during a discussion over conservative Republican’s views on race and his previous defense of the Confederacy.
Sharpton began by noting that Stewart made a big show of defending the Confederacy during his run for the governorship of Virginia last year, which Stewart didn’t want to talk about.
“You know, why is it that you on the left are so obsessed with what happened 150 years ago?” accused Stewart.
“No, no, I’m talking about you last year, I’m talking about Corey Stewart running for governor last year, that’s what you said,” Sharpton shot back. “You went back 150 years ago.”
“Reverend, let me explain this” Stewart snarled. “People don’t care what happened 150 years ago. Historians love this stuff. I love history, but at the end of the day, we need to look at what the problems are today, and you mentioned that it was only people of a certain race who were facing these challenges, with their education, their health care, their jobs, everything else”
“You’ve made a career out of dividing people by race, you’ve been a race hustler your entire career, you’ve made a lot of money at it, you haven’t even bothered to pay your taxes, and all you do is divide Americans by race,” Stewart ranted.
“This is not about me,” Sharpton exclaimed. “I’ll defend myself standing up for racial justice. I’ll give you an opportunity again to defend your statement, defending and praising Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson, not 150 years ago, a year ago, you’re running for the Senate now. I’m asking you about what you said a year ago. You can call me whatever name you want, that’s fine. You’re saying that you’re running for Senate, you’re saying that we shouldn’t go back 150 years, you went back 150 years, a year ago.”
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