Rick Shaftan, a spokesperson for Stewart’s campaign, continues to defend the tweets, even declaring that he has probably said worse.

‘Black Neighborhoods’ In America Targeted By GOP Nominee Spokesperson

Back in January, Donald Trump reportedly referred to African nations, along with Haiti and El Salvador, as ‘shithole countries.’ Now it looks like this particular dog whistle has caught on, as a spokesperson for Corey Stewart, who Trump has endorsed as a candidate to represent Virginia in the U.S. Senate, has used it to refer to cities with majority-black populations.

Rick Shaftan, a spokesperson for Stewart’s campaign, continues to defend the tweets, even declaring that he has probably said worse. At this time, Corey Stewart has not publicly commented on the tweets.

Later in the same month, Shaftan tweeted an article describing the replacement of a Confederate memorial in Baltimore with a statue of Harriet Tubman, the heroic woman who escaped slavery and risked her life to save many more. This, apparently, qualified the city as another ‘shithole,’ by Shaftan’s estimate.

The descriptor became a common one for Shaftan to use. In February, he applied it to Mexico. In March, Memphis — adding the additional dog-whistle ‘urban.’ In May, Baltimore again.

Addressing the negative feedback on his Facebook page Sunday night, Corey Stewart’s spokesman laughed it off, saying that categorizing cities with significant populations of POC and minorities is probably not the worst he’s said.

I must have said something worse than that in all these years! They need to look harder.

Well, we won’t try to actually rank them, but it’s true these are far from the only racist things Shaftan has said on Twitter alone. Others include:

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RT @KFILE: Seth Grossman, NRCC-backed GOP nominee for NJ cong district has said Kwanzaa is a fake holiday made by black racists, said faithful Muslims cannot be good Americans, called Islam a cancer & said gay men with HIV should have been quarantined.

Rick Shaftan@Shaftan

Are you saying that is not a fake holiday invented by black racists? @Mulshine

  • Calling Kwanzaa a “fake holiday invented by black racists.”
  • Claiming POC didn’t mind Confederate statues of flags until they were told what to think by white people.
  • Suggesting landlords could avoid renting to black tenants by posting signs forbidding Clinton voters.
  • Calling the decision by Harvard students to organize a special commencement celebrating African American graduates proof of ‘anti-white hate‘ (Snopescorrected the false claim that graduation was ‘segregated’ and that white students were not permitted to join the additional ceremony. Snopes noted that there are multiple student-organized commencement ceremonies for various groups.)

One that does particularly stand out is the exhortation to avoid opening a business in neighborhoods with majority POC populations. Read more..