GOP Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.), who is campaigning for reelection in November, said there’s no way people would consider him racist because his son is “named after a black guy.”
Taylor (R-Va.) said Democrats are “stupid” if they believe he is an ally of Virginia GOP Senate candidate Corey Stewart.
“I don’t give a shit about Corey Stewart,” Taylor told The Virginia-Pilot. “No one else does either except for Democrats who are trying to target me. … No one cares, except for a small teeny amount of people you met at the cupcake place. What are they trying to say? That Scott Taylor likes Corey Stewart so therefore he’s a racist?”
“Do you think that’s going to play here?” Taylor continued. “My son is named after a black guy. I’m a military guy. We don’t give a shit about where you come from. Black, white, brown, gay, straight. I don’t care.”
It is unclear who Taylor’s 5-year-old son, reportedly named Sterling, is named after.
Taylor, a former Navy SEAL, was responding to remarks made by his Democratic opponent, Elaine Luria, who called on the Republican candidate to condemn Stewart.
“The reason I’m running is because we’re better than this,” Luria told supporters during a weekend campaign rally with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.). “We are better than ripping infants from their mother’s breast at the border and placing them in a detention center. We are better than the bigotry, and the racism and the anti-Semitism that we saw on the streets of Charlottesville last year.”
“He should reject the fact that Corey Stewart stands next to racists and anti-Semites,” Luria said. “If he doesn’t have the fortitude to reject those values, then I think he stands with him.”
Taylor insisted that he plans to run on his own ticket this year and not as part of Stewart’s.
“People keep writing, ‘Oh my God. Corey Stewart is going to weigh down the ticket.’ … Did Trump weigh me down? No. Not at all. It’s crap,” Taylor added. “That empty strategy assumes that the people in Virginia 02 are too stupid to see the difference between me and someone else. And I don’t think they’re stupid. I think they’re smart.”