Candidate Outs His Own Blackface

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Published on 12 Oct 2019, 22:00
A South Carolina sheriff's candidate wants you to know he wore blackface. Cenk Uygur, Brooke Thomas, and Aida Rodriguez, hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. MORE TYT: tyt.com/trial

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"The nearly four-minute campaign ad begins with scenery of a small town sheriff's race in the South. A camouflage fishing boat winds down a picturesque waterway. The talk from a front porch rocking chair is of hunting, Christian values and guns.

Then, more than halfway through the video, Craig Stivender, a Republican candidate for sheriff in Colleton County, S.C., reveals a picture of himself in blackface with his arm around an African American woman.

"To those of you who may be upset, I understand your disappointment," he says in the video.

Stivender, who is currently a fireman in the rural community just west of Charleston, goes on to explain the photograph was taken at a Halloween party for law enforcement nearly a decade ago. He says he released the picture to begin his campaign with full transparency. The election is in November 2020.

"Basically if I'm going to run on honesty and integrity, I'm willing to put out things bad about me," he said in a telephone interview."

Hosts: Cenk Uygur, Brooke Thomas, Aida Rodriguez

Cast: Cenk Uygur, Brooke Thomas, Aida Rodriguez

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