Virginia GOP senate candidate relieved Michigan didn’t vote for ‘far left ISIS commie’ for governor
Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart upstaged thousands of other persuasive Twitter pundits with his particularly fresh take on Abdul El-Sayed, the Muslim gubernatorial candidate who came in in second place in Michigan’s Democratic primary.
"Michigan almost elected a far left ISIS commie," Stewart wrote in a tweet that has since been deleted. "This guy wants to abolish ICE & won 300,000 votes. Dangerous stuff. Don't let wimpy @timkaine bring this dangerous, far left communism to VA," he added, referencing his Democratic opponent, former Virginia Governor and vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine.
"ISIS commie?" WTF? Yep, @CoreyStewartVA is completely off his rocker, yet the Virginia GOP actually nominated him for U.S. Senate. That tells you all you need to know about the Virginia GOP. https://t.co/JSY7CtwT4Qpic.twitter.com/Se1IaUamZz— Blue Virginia (@bluevirginia) August 8, 2018
Stewart told The Hill that the tweet was sent from an employee and was deleted as soon as he saw it, adding that the person in question no longer has access to the Twitter account.
"One of my vendors put out a tweet last night that attempted to link a Michigan gubernatorial candidate to ISIS, because he apparently received support from purported extremists," Stewart said. "I don't believe in guilt by association. I have been the target of very similar smears, and I don't believe in using such tactics against others."
El-Sayed seemed amused by Stewart’s suggestion that Michigan narrowly avoided becoming a Marx-worshiping Islamic caliphate.
“Shawarma trucks on every corner. and Medicare for All,” El-Sayed replied to Stewart in a terrifying Twitter fatwah.
Stewart has been an unabashed supporter of his state’s “heritage,” showing little shyness about giving stump speeches with Confederate flag backdrops.
And, while Stewart may celebrate El-Sayed’s defeat, his own chances at joining the senate are slim: He’s currently trailing Kane by more than 20 percentage points, according to a recent poll from Virginia Commonwealth University.
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