“Abraham Lincoln would be rolling over in his grave if he knew that’s what the Republican Party has come to.” That is the statement of Richard Fox, who recently resigned as a regional chair of the Albemarle County (VA) GOP committee.
Fox made that statement in response to Corey Stewart being Virginia’s GOP U.S. senatorial nominee this year.
A Washington Post headline summarizes the problem: “With Corey Stewart atop the ticket, Virginia Republicans are in turmoil”
States the Washington Post, “Corey Stewart’s Republican nomination for U.S. Senate from Virginia has prompted an identity crisis within the state GOP, with some donors and activists saying they are so turned off that they are willing to vote for his Democratic opponent, Sen. Tim Kaine.”
Here more from the WaPo story:
The National Republican Senatorial Committee and the Koch-funded group Americans for Prosperity both said they would not put any resources into the Senate race, and the Republican National Committee is focused elsewhere. “Virginia is not high on the list at this point,” said Garren Shipley of the RNC.
Stewart’s elevation has some lifelong Republicans questioning their political identity.
“I am extremely disappointed that a candidate like Corey Stewart could win the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate,” former Republican lieutenant governor Bill Bolling tweeted on the night of Stewart’s primary win. “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.”
A CBS News story provides a clue as to why Corey Stewart is trouble for the Republican Party:
That CBS News story has this to say about Corey Stewart:
The Minnesota native is an outspoken defender of the Confederate symbols. His 2017 gubernatorial campaign, in which he narrowly lost the GOP nomination, made defending Confederate monuments a centerpiece issue.
A few months before the 2017 primary, he gave a speech in which he said Virginia was the state of “Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson,” and that the Confederate flag “is our heritage, it’s what makes us Virginia, and if you take that away, we lose our identity.”
Yes, Corey Stewart is one of the Confederacy apologists in Republican-and-Conservative guise who have taken over the Republican Party in the USA’s southeastern states. They have been ruining the Republican Party by promoting a pseudo-history about the U.S. Civil War.
The correct history about the U.S. Civil War is depicted below.
If the Confederacy apologists were kicked out of the GOP, then the GOP could get back to its Conservative roots.
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