Would-be Trump delegate shares troubling views with gunman Dylan Roof
Everett Corley, a Kentucky Republican who is running for Congress, is seeking a restraining order to stop the removal of a Confederate memorial from the University of Louisville. He says, “It is a political version of book burning, and the fact is, I’m not in favor of book burning.”
Corley, who has previously run for office under the name Corley Everett but has since changed it for family reasons, faces Bob Devore and Harold Bratcher in this month’s primary election.
His Facebook page reveals strong support for Trump and the Confederacy, and he also shares phony memes about a wall between Mexico and Guatemala and complaints about “black thugs” removing white farmers from their land in Rhodesia — the white-rule name for what is now Zimbabwe.
Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who gunned down nine worshipers at a historically black church in South Carolina shared similar interests on his own Facebook page.
Corley was endorsed in a previous race, under his old name, by the white supremacist American Freedom Party — which also endorsed white nationalist Harry Bertram in a West Virginia statehouse race and neo-Nazi Robert Ransdell, who ran for U.S. Senate in Kentucky.