Kentucky state House candidate appeared on racist YouTube show in 2014: report

Kentucky state House candidate appeared on racist YouTube show in 2014: report
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A Republican Kentucky House candidate who is running in a majority African American district appeared in 2014 on a YouTube show run by a white nationalist, The Courier Journal reported on Friday.

During his appearance, the Republican candidate Everett Corley made a number of racially-tinged remarks, including saying that "black-on-white bullying" happened frequently in the Jefferson County public schools in Kentucky, according to the news outlet.

Corley also reportedly said he felt that white people "should maintain our people and our culture as much as anyone else, and I’m not saying this in a bad way," while saying at another point that if you’re a minority you can belong to all these groups that champion your ethno background but you certainly have very little to do as a European or a Caucasian."

Corley made the comments during an an appearance on “The Ethno State” hosted by William Johnson, whom the newspaper described as an avowed white nationalist and a leader with the American Freedom Party, which pushes a number of white nationalist and racists platforms in in its in its web site.

The Hill was not able to independently verify the veracity of the video and was not immediately able to reach Corley. The candidate told The Courier Journal that he had not known about Johnson's background and that he had not known what a white nationalist was when he agreed to appear on the show.

 

"If I made any mistake it wasn't doing my homework," Corley told The Courier Journal. "I engaged in some hyperbole, but that was all due to my anger over redistricting. If he said he was a racist, a neo-Nazi or a member of the Klan, I would have hung up."

Corley told the Courier Journal that he had been contacted by Johnson to appear on the show after he had expressed some concerns about crime and gerrymandering and that he had no knowledge about Johnson's party at the time. 

"In 2014, no one knew about the alt-right," Corley told The Courier Journal. "I just thought he was trying to be edgy."

Corley also denied being a racist to The Courier Journal.

"I'm not a racist, and I could give you a string of reasons why I'm not," he said. "My entire business life has been dependent on finding good homes for all people, half of which are African-Americans, and all would tell you I treat them with respect."

The Kentucky Republican Party distanced itself from Corey in a statement to The Hill.

"Everett Corley is a perennial candidate with a history of offensive statements and behavior.  His views do not reflect those of the Republican Party of Kentucky. He has not received aid or assistance from the party in the past nor will he in the future," said Tres Watson, Communications Director of the Republican Party of Kentucky.

 

Corley has had a history of making controversial remarks, according to The Courier Journal. 

The newspaper reported that Corley, in a Facebook post, Corley called a university professor a damn dirty black bastard." He later said his remarks were an “inexcusable” mistake and apologized to the professor, according to the Courier Journal.