Donald Trump congratulated Corey Stewart, a controversial candidate for the U.S. Senate who won the primary in Virginia, on his victory. Trump then called Tim Kaine (D-Va.) a “total stiff” who is weak on crime.
Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia. Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. Don’t underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
But, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is distancing itself from Stewart, just as they did with alleged pedophile Roy Moore. Corey, now the GOP nominee in Virginia’s Senate race, has embraced Confederate symbols and has neo-Nazi ties. Following the violence that erupted in Charlottesville after Nazis marched in Donald Trump’s name while shouting ‘Jews will not replace us!’ Stewart blamed “half the violence” on counterprotesters and criticized fellow Republicans who condemned the white nationalists. Anti-racist activist Heather Heyer was killed by one of the Unite the Right attendees, but somehow, she’s partly blaming the victim.
The NRSC wants nothing to do with him.
“We have a big map, right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. I don’t see Virginia in it,” Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), who leads the NRSC told CNN.
Sen. Cory Gardner tells me NRSC has NO plans to endorse VA Senate candidate Corey Stewart, despite Trump tweet expressing support. “We have a big map, right now we are focused on Florida, North Dakota, Missouri, Indiana. I don’t see Virginia in it.”
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 13, 2018
Trump and Stewart aren’t strangers.
Stewart was state co-chairman for Trump’s presidential campaign on 2016 until he was fired for participating in a protest in front of the Republican National Committee headquarters only weeks before the election. Stewart told The Atlantic that he attributed his win to “my strong support for Trump. Stewart’s entire platform seems to focus on preserving Confederate statues. In other words, he’s bringing no new ideas to the table. He’s only regurgitating failed ideas.
Stewart will now face off against Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in November. Please, Blue Wave this guy, Virginia.
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