Meet Corey Stewart, he was chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign in Virginia, until getting fired for holding a whiny rally attacking the RNC for not being supportive enough to the fragile presidential candidate:
Stewart is a neo-Confederate politician originally from Minnesota who moved to Virginia and embraced the racist “heritage” of those who rebelled against the United States during the Civil War.
Stewart ran a racist-as-hell primary campaign for the 2017 GOP nomination for VA governor and shocked the party establishment by nearly beating Ed Gillespie. It was a clear indication that the deep-rooted rot in the Republican party was going to continue to be a problem long after Trump’s exit from the political arena:
Stewart flat-out refused to blame the neo-Nazis who organized the Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville, VA, where liberal activist Heather Heyer was murdered by white supremacists. In fact, he was campaigning with Unite The Right organizer Jason Kessler just a month before the rally. After Heyer’s murder, Kessler tweeted (and later deleted), “Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist. Communists have killed 94 million. Looks like it was payback time.”
In blaming the violence on the left instead of the real perpetrators, Stewart placed himself firmly on the side of Donald Trump and even went so far as to attack any Republican who condemned the Nazis. Stewart also accepted the endorsement of out-and-out neo-Confederates and was aligned with anti-Semetic alt-right candidate Paul Nehlen, calling him one of his “personal heroes” and only distancing himself from the far-right candidate recently.
Following Gillespie’s drubbing by Democrat Ralph Northam in the general election, Trump ripped Gillespie, claiming that he did not “embrace” Trump:
But Gillespie ran a similar campaign to what Stewart’s would have looked like, stoking fears of MS-13 gang violence and attacking illegal immigration and “sanctuary cities.” Gillespie may not have embraced Trump but he certainly embraced Trumpism. Still, Stewart called his defeat “a humiliating rejection of the failed Bush wing of the Republican Party.”
Last night, Stewart eked out a win to become the Republican Party’s nominee for Senate in Virginia, going up against Democrat and 2016 VP candidate Tim Kaine:
Corey Stewart, the man who built his image on championing Confederate symbols and made joint appearances with the white nationalist who organized the Charlottesville white supremacist rally, won the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia. He was endorsed by President Trump pic.twitter.com/eLAOzylhNz
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) June 13, 2018
He’s called Democrats “crackheads” and “communists” and compared those tearing down monuments to the racist traitors of the Civil War to ISIS:
He’s been running on a straight-up white grievance platform, campaigning with hate symbols like the Confederate flag, saying “Folks, this is a symbol of heritage. It is not a symbol of racism. It is not a symbol of slavery.”