June 25, 2018 Press Releases and Announcements

ICYMI: Corey Stewart Has Completely Taken Over the VA GOP

by DPVA Press Office

Corey Stewart Has Completely Taken Over the VA GOP

Corey Stewart is the Virginia Republican Party (Washington Post)

Culture warriors have been on the ascendancy in the Virginia GOP for years. They’re now calling the shots, and old-line establishment Republicans such as Bolling and Davis are largely sidelined.

Republican political strategist and former Virginia congressman Tom Davis told the New York Times that, for down-ticket Republican candidates this year, being asked whether they support Stewart is “a killer” issue among educated voters.

...while Stewart and his role model Trump will continue to receive attention for their brazen nativism and outlandish behaviors, it’s worth remembering they’re not really leading the Republican Party anywhere many present-day Republican voters don’t want to go.

Albemarle GOP leader resigns over Stewart nomination (Daily Progress)

“Maybe I’m a little biased being from Charlottesville and seeing firsthand all that [BS] from last year, but I’ve never seen Corey fully denounce them,” Fox said about Stewart’s ties to several white nationalist provocateurs and organizations.

“These days, if you say you’re a Republican, you’re immediately called a racist,” Fox said. “I can give you policy and stuff to explain why our party isn’t racist, but that’s hard to do when our party decides to stand behind somebody like Corey Stewart.”

Do we need another party? (Roanoke Times)

After Corey Stewart — who last year refused to condemn the white supremacists marching in Charlottesville and this year called for his opponent to be jailed — won the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, former Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling tweeted this:

“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.”

This isn’t the same Republican Party. The party of Ronald Reagan is now being transformed into the party of Donald Trump. And no, there is no obvious end in sight.

Trump is a protectionist who wants to build walls, actual and otherwise…Trump is, at heart, a pessimist.

Stewart’s nomination is not a fluke. There’s a large and restive contingent that wants to remake the Republican Party in its own hard-edged image.

Corey Stewart and the classic toolkit of fascist politicians (Roanoke Times)

Stewart is an embarrassment in myriad ways.

He built his reputation on the Prince William County Board of Supervisors by raising fears about undocumented immigrants and blaming them for society’s problems.

Meanwhile, Stewart rubbed shoulders with white nationalists, such as Jason Kessler, who organized the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last August, and Paul Nehlen, of Wisconsin, who was banned from Twitter for anti-Semitic tweets. (More recently, Stewart has tried to disavow links to both men.)

Corey Stewart is a walking train wreck (Washington Post)

Stewart is a mean, nasty man and a walking train wreck.

Championing the Confederacy is the centerpiece of his campaign, along with demagoguing immigrants.

His fawning over Confederate monuments is nauseating.

The thought of him in the U.S. Senate — doing Trump’s bidding, lionizing generals who led a bloody war against the Union, fear- mongering (“Stop our great nation from being overrun by illegal aliens and the crime, drugs, human trafficking, poverty and misery they bring with them,” says a Stewart news release) — is galling.