SC sheriff’s candidate opens race by admitting to blackface

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Craig Stivender says in a video that transparency is essential, so he’s showing a 10-yr old picture of him dressed as the founder of a crime ring, wearing makeup and a giant gold necklace. Stivender says he wanted to disparage a criminal, but now understands how his portrayal was troubling.

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — A Republican sheriff’s candidate in South Carolina opened his campaign by owning up to what he calls his mistakes: his first marriage, a traffic ticket, causing some fender-benders, losing his temper at work, and wearing blackface.

Craig Stivender says in the video posted Tuesday that transparency is essential, so he’s showing everyone a picture of himself at a law enforcement party about 10 years ago. It shows him dressed as the founder of a crime ring, wearing makeup and a giant gold necklace. Stivender says he wanted to disparage a criminal, but now understands how his portrayal was troubling.

“I’m not perfect. I’ve made mistakes,” he says, before promising to support gun rights and “counteract the threat of illegal immigrants” and littering.

Watch the video below:

Stivender for Sheriff

My name is Craig Stivender and I am seeking the Republican Nomination for Sheriff of Colleton County in the 2020 election. I would be honored to have your vote. To learn more about me or my campaign please like my Facebook/ Instagram pages or visit my website at www.stivenderforsheriff.com.Please join me for our Campaign Kick Off on Monday, October 21st from 5:30-8:30pm at the new The South Forty Venue (665 Benjamin Drive, Round O). This is a family event with dinner provided.

Posted by Stivender for Sheriff on Tuesday, October 8, 2019

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