Republican Corey Stewart wants to make sure everyone knows the racist campaign he is running for Virginia's Senate seat is the embodiment of the Trump agenda.
Unapologetically racist Republican Senate nominee Corey Stewart wants everyone to know that his bigoted campaign is completely in support of the Trump agenda.
“The lying #FakeNewsMedia & #EnemyOfThePeople are falsely claiming I am not running on @realDonaldTrump agenda,” the Virginia nominee wrote in a tweet. “I have always and promise to stand by President Trump and his policies.”
Stewart’s campaign has been marked by open bigotry and an embrace of white supremacist language and figures.
That, of course, did not turn off Trump, who endorsed Stewart in his race against incumbent Democrat Tim Kaine.
Stewart would not condemn white supremacists who rioted a year ago in Charlottesville, Virginia, even after activist Heather Heyer was killed. He described Republican candidate Paul Nehlen, who identifies as “pro-white,” as a “personal hero,” and has cozied up to other racist extremists.
Where Stewart and Trump are closest may be in their defense of the monuments erected to honor the pro-slavery Confederacy, which lost to the United States under the command of President Abraham Lincoln in the Civil War.
Stewart has defended the Confederate battle flag, long a rallying symbol of segregationists, and has argued that monuments to the treasonous army who declared war on America should not be removed.
“Nothing is worse than a Yankee telling a Southerner that his monuments don’t matter,” he infamously tweeted in 2017, during a failed bid for Virginia governor.
Similarly, Trump argued in defense of the pro-slavery monuments, which he called “beautiful.”
Ironically, despite their defense of southern symbols and rapturous language about Dixie, both men are Yankees. Stewart is originally from Duluth, Minnesota, while Trump was born in Queens, New York.
Stewart has also echoed some of Trump’s racist attacks on black NFL players who protest police brutality, falsely claiming that such peaceful protests are disrespectful to the military.
“The men and women who serve in the armed forces are great role models. Not these thugs, ungrateful, uh, you know, guys in the NFL,” he said during a Facebook Live event last year. “I mean, we shouldn’t, you know, it’s, it’s so dangerous because they’re just, they’re just awful role models.”
In addition to their shared love of the Confederacy and attacking black athletes, Stewart has repeated Trump’s talking points on Russia as well. During a debate in July, the audience actually laughed and booed when Stewart claimed, “We have a president who is standing up to the Russians.”
Stewart didn’t name any specific media reports suggesting that his agenda is somehow not in lockstep with Trump’s. His Twitter feed, however, is also filled with accusations that CNN is “fake news.”
But it’s not hard to see that Stewart clearly does believe in Trump’s agenda.
“Send me to the U.S. Senate,” he tweeted this week, “and I will lock arms with President Trump.”
Stewart has given no reason to doubt just how much he means it.