On MSNBC, Touré Spars With Republican 'neo-Confederate' Senate Candidate

Former MSNBC host Touré and Reverend Al Sharpton both attacked Virginia GOP candidate Corey Stewart for stating that people were 'sick and tired of talking about race'

Republican primary senatorial candidate Corey Stewart gestures during a debate in Lynchburg, Virginia, April 19 2018
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Former MSNBC host, Touré, confronted Virginia Republican candidate Corey Stewart for saying that U.S. citizens are sick of talking about race.

The two appeared alongside Reverend Al Sharpton on "AM Joy" on Saturday.

Touré said race was part of "everything" in the U.S.

“This is a white supremacist country and we have to deal with that in every way — in how we relate to the police, in how we relate to jobs, how we relate to the criminal justice everything — everything,” he continued.

Touré stated that Stewart's comments would be interpreted as his unwillingness to tackle and deal with race issues. Touré continued that the comments were offensive, and that "only a sliver" of the black population in Virginia would vote for him.

Stewart is a controversial figure in U.S. politics – during his campaign he has come as a "neo-Confederate" who is against the removal of Confederate statues and has alleged ties to white supremacists.  

“Stop telling me to stop talking about it. This is an incredibly important thing that affects my life and I understand that as a straight while male, that doesn’t affect your life," he said. "But if you want to represent other people, including black Virginians, then you need to deal with what is affecting their lives," Touré stated.

Stewart attempted to quash the argument by stating that Touré knew nothing about his time as the chair of the board of supervisors in the Prince William County in Virginia.

In response, Reverend Sharpton challenged Stewart to name black leaders that had endorsed him in Virginia, to which Stewart responded that he could not name one in specific.

When Sharpton asked again, Stewart responded: "Here’s the thing, Reverend, you’re back in the 1960s."

Sharpton replied that he was "right now in 2018."

“Corey Stewart is running. He has said on national TV he has been voted on several times by blacks in this county and I’m asking him for the third time to name me one black leader that’s supporting you for the Senate,” he continued.

Stewart was unable to name one.