7 Things to Know About Corey Stewart

Virginia Republican Corey Stewart surprised almost everyone when he beat a moderate state legislator and became the GOP Senate candidate in the recent primary. Stewart — the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors — was expected to be easily defeated, even with the backing of President Donald Trump. Instead, he’s now the chosen one to take on Virginia’s sitting Senator Tim Kaine.

Here is what you need to know about Corey Stewart.

1. He ran Trump’s Virginia campaign – until he got fired.

As the Washington Post reported in 2016:

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign fired its Virginia state co-chairman, Corey Stewart, on Monday after he took part in a protest in front of Republican National Committee headquarters, a move with repercussions in both the national campaign and the 2017 governor’s race.

“Former Virginia State Chairman Corey Stewart is no longer affiliated with the Donald J. Trump for President campaign,” said Trump’s deputy campaign manager, David Bossie, in a statement. “He is being replaced, effective immediately. Corey made this decision when he staged a stunt in front of the RNC without the knowledge or the approval of the Trump campaign.”

2. He really likes Confederate monuments.

CNN reports:

He made Charlottesville’s push to remove its statue of Robert E. Lee the centerpiece of his campaign for governor, holding rallies for the monument and displaying Confederate flags while defending “heritage” at his events. At one point, he attended an Old South ball. He attended a news conference with the leader of the white supremacist protest that later resulted in the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville. And after that counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed in a hit-and-run, Stewart blamed the violence on “both sides.”

3. He’s linked to a verified neo-Nazi.

As Vox points out, Stewart has some troubling ties to neo-Nazis:

And then there’s Stewart’s relationship with anti-Semitic, anti-Muslim, too-racist-for-Twitter Wisconsin Republican House candidate Paul Nehlen, whom Stewart described in 2017 as a “hero” for challenging House Speaker Paul Ryan; he also paid Nehlen’s campaign for use of his email list during his 2018 campaign, and Stewart’s spokesperson was a consultant for Nehlen.

4. Actually, more than one.

As the Washington Post reported in 2017:

Stewart has made several joint appearances with ­Jason Kessler, organizer of the “Unite the Right” rally that sparked the unrest in Charlottesville. Stewart met Kessler at an event earlier this year to protest the removal of the statue of Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park in Charlottesville. And at one point during the primary race, Stewart attended a Charlottesville news conference with Kessler and Isaac Smith, founders of Unity and Security for America (USA), a fledgling group that calls for “defending Western Civilization.”

5. Yeah, he might be a little bit racist, and the GOP doesn’t really care.

Vice News reports:

Stewart’s primary win was another crack in the facade that there was a meaningful separation between the hard right wing and the mainstream Republican Party. Individual Republicans may not like it, but they couldn’t stop Trump from winning the nomination in 2016 and couldn’t stop Stewart either. “We’ve been close to here before, when Klan leader David Duke won the Republican nomination for Louisiana governor in 1991, but back then President George H.W. Bush pointedly disavowed Duke,” said [Princeton history professor Kevin] Kruse. “Trump has signaled that Stewart, in contrast, is welcome in the party.”

6. Oh, and he’s anti-LGBT, too.

As CNN notes:

North Dakota’s Kevin Cramer and Virginia’s Corey Stewart, who both won the Republican nomination in their respective states on Tuesday, filled out a ‘Senate Candidate Survey’ for the group Public Advocate of the United States,” CNN reports. According to the news outlet, the group’s CEO, Eugene Delgaudio “believes that former President Barack Obama was a ‘child molester’ and that “adult homosexuals want to recruit and brainwash children.” He is an active promoter of the far-right pizzagate conspiracy theory.

“In May, Delgaudio did an event with Stewart where he said he was backing his Senate campaign,” CNN adds. “Stewart said of Delgaudio, ‘I love this guy’ and ‘there’s nobody I respect more’ than Delgaudio.”

7. The GOP thinks the race is already lost.

According to CNN:

Brian J. Walsh, a Republican strategist who has worked on Senate campaigns, tweeted: “Can we just skip past the part where the media focuses on all the idiotic, racist & embarrassing things Corey Stewart will say & do the next five months and just acknowledge Tim Kaine won his re-election tonight. And he has Stewart voters to thank for it.”

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29 comments

Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E26 days ago

Thank you Care 2 for removing the post mentioned in MY post

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E26 days ago

@ Eugene Delgaudio of public advocate (see post blow) your content is inappropriate and there's enough hate in the world that we don't need YOUR fake drivel on C2.
I have reported you and I hope others will do the same regardless of your right to spread trash

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Winnie A
Winn A26 days ago

:-(

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Winnie A
Winn A26 days ago

Disgusting and Despicable

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R26 days ago

Thanks for posting.

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E27 days ago

@ Mark Speigel
MY comment to Steven F was a tongue in cheek sarcasm TO him about HIS post.
He and many more are quick to "slander" this author without benefit of ANY research on the topic.
Even as a Canadian I watched this man (Stewart) and all his bigotry being spouted in person.
Before you lump everyone the same, maybe you should check first.

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Mark S
Mark Spiegel27 days ago

All I need to know about Cory Stewart is his affection for various racists and assorted other bigots.

As for Roberta E. and Steven F. who apparently will not believe anything unless its tattooed on their foreheads, when the Republican Party disavows its own candidate that is all you need to know.

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Alea C
Alea C27 days ago

I hope his win turns out to be the best thing to happen to Kaine, as we don't want any more of Stewart's brand of hatred defiling the senate any more than it already is.

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Karen Swenson
Karen Swenson27 days ago

Well, isn't he an Inglorious Bastard!

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Loredana V
Loredana V27 days ago

Not a nice person, not at all.

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