His name is Corey Stewart. He is a white supremacist and he is the GOP nominee for senator from Virginia in November. Remember back in 2015 when Trump warned of ‘bad hombres’? Well, Corey Stewart is just one such bad hombre. But guess what? Donald Trump is supporting Stewart’s campaign. Surprised, aren’t you?
Where to start?
On July 15, 2017, Stewart announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the United States Senate seat currently held by Democrat Tim Kaine. He promised a “very vicious, ruthless race,” claiming that Republicans “are looking for a more aggressive populist candidate.” The GOP doesn’t particularly like him, and in fact the Republican Party of Virginia was said to be trying to find a way to block his nomination at the end of 2017. On the other hand, he has the support of such bigots and fools as Jerry Falwell, Laura Ingraham, Steve Bannon, and of course Trump himself. Last night, Stewart won the GOP nomination, and today republicans fear that his nomination will adversely affect other republicans running for office in Virginia. Former Republican lieutenant governor Bill Bolling said, “I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. This is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served. Every time I think things can’t get worse they do, and there is no end in sight.”
Let me list just a few of Stewart’s more egregious points:
- In a tweet on December 8, 2017, Stewart drew criticism for reviving the birther conspiracy by suggesting that former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and Roy Moore accuser Beverly Nelson’s yearbook were forgeries.
Following a vote in the Virginia House of Delegates to expand Medicaid in February 2018, Stewart led an event outside the Virginia State Capitol where he held up rolls of toilet paper and called Republicans who voted for the measure “flaccid” and “garbage”.
Stewart led the successful effort to reduce Prince William County’s concealed-carry handgun permit fee, reducing the overall cost to lawful handgun owners from $50 to the state minimum of $15.
Stewart raffled off an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in January of 2017, and he praised the weapon as “a good rifle.” He posted on Twitter in March of 2018 that the gun — which was used in horrific mass shootings, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the Route 91 music festival in Las Vegas, the Pulse night club in Orlando, Florida, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida — was actually less deadly than former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
He supports ‘Constitutional carry’ in Virginia, which would enable law-abiding citizens to conceal carry handguns without a permit.
In March 2017, Stewart admitted that he and his campaign had been editing his Wikipedia page since at least May 2014 to remove unflattering information and add positive spin, through at least two registered accounts.
He is a staunch defender of Civil War monuments and has gone so far as to say that anyone who wants to take them down is “like ISIS”.
Last night at his ‘victory’ party, he had his fans chanting that tired old chant, “lock her up”, referring to Hillary Clinton, and then he added that his democratic opponent, incumbent Tim Kaine, should also go to prison (no reason offered), saying, “That might just happen, by the way. And Timmy too. Oh, we’re going to have a lot of fun between now and November, folks!”
As if all of that weren’t bad enough, he has claimed Paul Nehlen to be his “personal hero”. Nehlen, you may remember from my post of January 9th, is the Wisconsin candidate who is an extreme white supremacist, and who supported the likes of Roy Moore and was a major proponent of the Pizzagate conspiracy theory, among others.
Stewart, predictably, condemns his fellow republicans who spoke out against the white supremacist march in Charlottesville last August.
Trump, naturally, had a professional and dignified response to Stewart’s nomination win last night …A “total stiff”? Didn’t most of us stop with the name-calling along about junior high school?
The good news is that he will be running against Senator Tim Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, and Kaine has a relatively strong approval rating in the state. Conversely, Donald Trump’s approval rating in Virginia is a low 37%. I am not going to jinx Kaine by saying that I don’t think Stewart stands a tadpole’s chance in the desert, but if … and it’s a big if … the trend of common sense and values that Virginians have shown of late persists, I see Kaine coming out on top in November.
There was a time I would have referred to Stewart as an insignificant circus clown, but that was in the days before Trump, the days before all forms of bigotry and hate came to be considered acceptable behaviour by the masses. Corey Stewart is
pond scum an undesirable choice to sit in Congress, and does not belong in the United States Senate. Let us hope the voters in Virginia remember that on November 6th.