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July 9, 2018

Virginia Republican Corey Stewart has run a Senate campaign with some close ties to white nationalism.

But Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.) won't condemn Stewart or endorse him either. This white man will only tell you that his "son is named after a black guy," per The Virginian-Pilot.

Stewart — who was fired by President Trump's campaign, has some serious love for the Confederacy, and has endorsed a bonafide racist — is running to replace Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. Meanwhile, Taylor is running for re-election this fall, and he has remained silent as Democrats push him to either denounce or endorse Stewart.

After Taylor's Democratic opponent Elaine Luria explicitly called on him to reject Stewart's values, The Virginian-Pilot asked Taylor for a final answer. Taylor's response? Democrats are the only ones who "give a sh-t about Corey Stewart," he said.

"What are they trying to say? That Scott Taylor likes Corey Stewart so therefore he's a racist?" Taylor asked The Virginian-Pilot. He went on to explain that he's a "military guy" who doesn't care if you're "black, white, brown, gay, straight." After all, "my son is named after a black guy," Taylor continued — and never answered one way or the other regarding Stewart.

Taylor's 5-year-old son is apparently named Sterling, says The Hill — noting that which "black guy" little Sterling gets his name from is "unclear." Kathryn Krawczyk

July 26, 2015

Presidential hopeful and former Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) has a solution for movie theater shootings like the one Thursday night in Lafayette, Louisiana: Allow guns inside.

"I think that it makes a lot of sense to send a message across this country," Perry told Jake Tapper on CNN's State of the Union. "If we believe in the Second Amendment, and we believe in people's right to protect themselves and defend themselves, and their families."

In Louisiana, it's legal to carry a firearm without a permit, but the site of the shooting, like many theaters, enforces a ban on guns.

"I believe, with all my heart, that if you have the citizens who are well trained, and particularly in these places that are considered to be gun-free zones, that we can stop that type of activity, or stop it before there’s as many people that are impacted as what we saw in Lafayette," Perry said.

Watch his full interview here. Julie Kliegman

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