For those of you that still haven’t grasped this concept, if you tweet racist, controversial or deplorable things on Twitter, it will come back to bite you in the butt.
Today, that message is for Rick Shaftan, the spokesperson for Virginia’s U.S. Senate Republican nominee, Corey Stewart. It’s no surprise that Stewart is aligned with President Donald Trump, especially after Shaftan’s tirade against cities like Memphis, New Orleans and Baltimore.
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) July 29, 2018
— Pamther (@pamther77) July 30, 2018
Within the racially charged tweets, Shaftan referred to U.S. cities with majority-black populations as “s**itholes.” One angry tweet targeted at Baltimore came after a Confederate statue was replaced with a memorial of Harriet Tubman.
The sentiment would be true if he meant “it's shameful that we haven't funded education and job-training programs in communities of color”, but unfortunately he probably means “black people are bad”. Alt-right racism is horrific.
— Chris (@chris2020cjh) July 30, 2018
Shafta also had some unpleasant words to say about opening a business in cities with majority-black populations. “After #Ferguson, only a fool would start, finance or insure a business in a black neighborhood,” he tweeted in 2014. A year later, he followed that statement up with a warning to business owners: “DON’T OPEN A BUSINESS IN A BLACK NEIGHBORHOOD!”
I certainly hope this candidate & his mouthpiece go down in flames in the upcoming midterms. With creatures like this running for the GOP, is the GOP even a little ashamed? The answer is no & the voters must stop these despicables. Vote Democratic!
— Patty GaffneyTescher (@tescherp) July 30, 2018
These dumbshits think “inner city” America is like the world of RoboCop, or Death Wish. Maybe we need a program where Republicans tour actual cities so they can be less terrified.
— John C Ralston (@interrobang) July 30, 2018
His 2014 slew of anti-black tweets continued, and in each one, he was sure to hashtag “Ferguson,” so it’s clear he has no issue with his racist views being seen and heard by the world. “Crazed black people looting a liquor store is the ultimate racist stereotype. #Ferguson,” his 2014 series of tweets included.
If all of the overt racists and religious bigots left the new Tump Republican Party, there wouldn’t be anyone left.
— Donald D. McDonald (@Reclusus) July 30, 2018
Mind you, these tweets came after the response to the slayings of African-Americans by white police officers in Ferguson and Baltimore. The response to the killings broke out into riots which, yes, caused damage to local businesses, but we don’t see Shaftan warning business owners from setting up shop in San Francisco in response to the vandalism and unrest that erupted after the 2014 World Series victory of the San Francisco Giants.
Although, ironically, he recently tweet seeking “#BRoll” of the “#s**thole” conditions in the California city.
— Rick Shaftan (@Shaftan) July 29, 2018
Shafta’s stance on non-whites and non-Christians has been pretty clear. He and Stewart’s other spokesperson worked on behalf of an anti-Semite that ran for Paul Ryan’s House Speaker seat in Wisconsin.
I call it the DeathStar mentality. Celebrating cruelty and oppression, with the intention of killing all hope and putting an end to the free world … so they can be over lords. Seriously. I'm not joking. They are a pack of insane monsters.
— brigitte pavich (@brigittepavich) July 30, 2018
Noel Fritsch, another spokesperson for Stewart, responded by calling the dredging up of old tweets a deflection tactic by the “far left liberals and weak republicans.” He blames use of the “race card to shut down all debate” for the “decades of failed federal government programs.”
In response to The Daily Beast’s report on his racially charged tweets, Shafta showed no shame. “I must have said something worse than that in all these years!” he proudly exclaimed on a Facebook post.
Stewart is currently running against Tim Kaine, the former vice presidential nominee, whom Trump once called a “total stiff” who “is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof.”
Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia. Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. Don’t underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Amidst the controversy of Shafta’s tweets, it was revealed that Corey Stewart had a skeleton in his closet in the form of his appreciation of Bigfoot erotica.
So…a candidate in Virginia politics…who’s the running mate of open white supremacist Corey Stewart…has been exposed as a fan/author/artist of…Bigfoot erotica
— Louisa (@LouisatheLast) July 30, 2018
As curious as you may be, this is one you don’t need to do further research on.