Corey Stewart is oppressed, and he wants you to believe that you are, too.
Running a Virginia governor’s campaign against all that he has deemed “establishment”, Stewart wraps himself in a warm blanket of neo-nationalist culture, decrying attacks from anyone who doesn’t fit his socially acceptable world view as evil and against our “heritage.” His view is not dissimilar to many on the progressive liberal left who act out against common sense conservatism. Like a modern-day American feminist who screams for equality, although the law guarantees protection against sex discrimination, Corey Stewart screams for the protection of Virginia historical statues (although the law guarantees their protection). He went so far as to call those who would remove the Lee statue “racist” and “bigoted”, accusations made popular by the progressive left.
Like so many progressives before him who don’t seem to have a personal stake in the cause they warrior, and are quickly identified as acting out for personal validation rather than out of deep-seated conviction, Stewart has no real connection to Virginia’s history. A son of Minnesota, Stewart has only most recently taken up the social justice posturing of Virginia heritage. Has he ever participated in the many Civil War Reenactments throughout the state, or even donated to their cause? Has he shown to have personally donated money towards the legal battle against removing the Lee statue in Charlottesville?
It was only recently, in fact, that Corey Stewart proudly stood front-and-center with his Democrat colleagues in a “good compromise” with civil rights groups who demanded the county change the name of a public school. Originally named for Mills E. Godwin, Jr., a two-term Virginia governor and decade-long state senator who campaigned with President Lyndon Johnson supporting the Civil Rights Act, civil rights leaders deemed him a “segregationist” and successfully received Stewart’s support for the change. Stewart stood up at the time, in fact, and preached about the progressive change that has taken place in Prince William County, stating emphatically, “A lot has changed in Prince William County since 1970, and let me tell you something; those changes, in Prince William County, have been good.”
What a warrior for social justice.
Now, he’s weaponizing his grievance over what he defines as a madness of historical proportion. “Vote for me for governor and I will stop this madness, once and for all!” regarding the Lee statue and other monuments of historical heritage (except schools, obviously). Victimhood. Outrage. Portraying the other side as bullying and evil and their side as the truly oppressed. Deep-seated conviction, or personal validation? You know the answer.
It’s official. Corey Stewart is a Social Justice Warrior.