Is Corey Stewart a White Supremacist?
On Tuesday night, conservative provocateur Corey Stewart — a man who got fired from the Trump campaign in 2016 because he protested the Republican National Committee (RNC) for not supporting Trump enough — won the GOP nomination to face Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) in November. Immediately, liberals started calling Stewart — and the GOP in general — white supremacist.
"A cruder imitation of Donald Trump who stokes white supremacy and brags about being 'ruthless and vicious,' Corey Stewart would be an embarrassment for Virginia in the U.S. Senate," Kaine's communications director, Ian Sams, said in a statement Tuesday night.
The Intercept columnist Shaun King called Stewart a "flagrant white supremacist."
Liberal social media guru Erick Fernandez described Stewart as "the guy from Minnesota who ran a strictly on a white supremacist 'Confederate Statues' campaign." Fernandez said the election proved that "the GOP is a white supremacist party."
The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart joined in.
Conservative Republicans in Virginia denounced Stewart, with many proclaiming they would never vote for him.
"I am a Virginia Republican. I’ve been a conservative all of my life. Let me be clear: I will never vote for Corey Stewart," Autumn Price tweeted. "He is not a conservative."
Bill Bolling, former lieutenant governor of Virginia, tweeted that Tuesday's election proved "this is clearly not the Republican Party I once knew, loved and proudly served."
Akash Chougule, director of policy at Americans for Prosperity (a conservative group that backed Stewart's opponent Nick Freitas), exploded the idea that Stewart is the "MAGA candidate," and warned that "there is only one reason anyone would vote for him, and it isn't a good one."