Corey Stewart, who made the defense of the Robert E. Lee statue in downtown Charlottesville a central issue of his recent failed gubernatorial campaign, addressed the city’s violence last night.
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…