VIDEO: GOP Candidate for Virginia Gov: ‘“If you take Confederate flag away , we lose our identity.”

During the Old South Ball in Danville, Va., Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart said he was proud of Virginia’s heritage and would fight to keep Confederate memorials around the state. The former co-chair of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in Virginia called for Virginians to celebrate their heritage, calling their home “the state of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.”

“If you take that away, we lose our identity,” Corey said to an “Amen” from the crowd.

“I’m proud to be next to the Confederate flag,” Stewart said from beneath, beside and in front of the symbol of the Confederacy. “That flag is not about racism, folks, it’s not about hatred, it’s not about slavery.”

“It is about our heritage,” the candidate concluded to cheers. “It’s time that we stop running away from our heritage. It’s time that we embrace our heritage, we embrace our history, and we take back Virginia.”

The Republican primary will be held June 13th. The video of Stewart’s speech can be seen below.

Stewart has already been in the news recently for his virulent opposition to plans in Charlottesville to take down a statue of Lee. As governor, he said on Saturday, “Over my dead body… are we going to take down the statue of Robert E. Lee.” The Charlottesville city council voted earlier this year to remove the statue.

Stewart Corey is best known for implementing the nation’s toughest crackdown on illegal immigration resulting in Prince William turning over approximately 8000 criminal illegal immigrants to the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, leading to a 48.7% drop in violent crime. Corey is a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. He led the charge to remove all county fees associated with the concealed carry permit — the first locality in Virginia to do so.
Under Corey’s leadership, Prince William County has kept taxes and spending low, leading to $205 million in savings for Prince William residents. During his tenure, PWC was upgraded to a AAA bond rating status — one of only 36 such jurisdictions in the nation. He led PWC to be ranked the #1 locality in job growth in Virginia and the #3 locality for job growth in the nation.
Corey successfully navigated the passage of the largest tax cut in the history of the county leading to a 30% lower tax bill than any other county in Northern Virginia. And, small business is a priority for Corey – cutting in half the time to permit a business.