Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Corey Stewart said that he’s coming up against a new enemy in his primary race against Ed Gillespie: the anarchist left-wing protest group known as Antifa.
Stewart, 48, is the At-Large Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, and served as the Trump campaign’s Virginia state director until October 10, when he was immediately fired for setting up a protest outside the RNC during a bleak point in Trump-RNC relations (the RNC was trying to knock Trump off the ticket after the “Access Hollywood” Billy Bush scandal promoted by establishment Republicans).
Stewart is running against Gillespie, the Republican National Committee chairman during the George W. Bush administration. Stewart is hammering Gillespie on the issues of immigration and taxes, accusing Gillespie of supporting the Gang of 8 amnesty bill and of being a former Enron lobbyist. Stewart presents evidence that Gillespie did not ever make a single pro-Trump statement on social media during the election against Hillary Clinton. Stewart, the challenger, is rising in the polls. His campaign manager Spence Rogers is widely credited with Ted Cruz’s Iowa caucus win last January. Pro-Lifers for Corey Stewart is the campaign’s biggest and most organized coalition. Stewart points to a Quinnipiac poll showing him down 27-19 with more than 50 percent undecided. The primary is on June 13.
“They’ve been coming after us pretty hard,” Stewart told Big League Politics, referring to the Gillespie campaign. Gillespie has been going after Stewart’s donors to dissuade them from giving money to Stewart, according to Stewart. Primary-season rivalries between the grassroots Right and the Establishment GOP have been raging since the beginning of the tea party. But this is the first time a Republican primary race been significantly altered by the presence of a new factor: the left-wing anarchist protest movement Antifa. These are the professional agitators who –using various different names and identities — planned and carried out the violent riots at the University of California at Berkeley.
Left-wing pressure groups latched onto the Stewart campaign as soon as Stewart confronted the issue of the removal of Confederate statues, which is happening all over the South including in New Orleans. Antifa came soon after, and tensions are now running high.
“I went down to Charlotesvile to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Robert E. Lee that has been there since 1924. I was down there with a black conservative activist named Thaddeus Dionne Alexander,” who achieved more than one million Facebook shares on a single video commentary two days after Trump’s election. “We were protested and met by Black lives matter and other groups…The police arrested a couple people. We’ve had protesters around the state at 5 or 6 different places,” Stewart said.
“I wouldn’t call myself a Confederate sympathizer, but I certainly don’t think people should be ashamed of celebrating their heritage. I celebrate my Scottish heritage and if somebody wants to celebrate their Confederate ancestry I see nothing wrong with that. The Left is trying to intimidate Southerners,” he said.
Conservative talk radio host Rob Schilling has been infiltrating the protest groups attacking Stewart. Schilling sends in undercover republican operatives in Black Lives Matter and Women’s March T-shirts in order to identify the protest leaders, according to Stewart. Schilling did not provide comment for this article. Schilling documented how agitators drown out Stewart’s speech when he talks to voters in public. The protesters in this video are not Antifa, but Schilling has identified Antifa as being present at other Corey Stewart events.
Stewart said that he is not backing down in the face of the Republican Establishment/Lefty Anarchist alliance.
“Even if I hadn’t been part of the Trump campaign, this is my style of campaigning,” he said. “If I win, this is going to be an indicator of where the party is going. Will the party embrace the Trump New Republicans or go with the Establishment?”
“But I am my own man, I believed in cracking down on illegal immigration and protecting the American working class BEFORE Trump started running for president,” Stewart said, noting that he did not vote for Jared Kushner.
Fact Check: Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Executive Order DOES NOT Mandate Wearing Face Masks
Abbott is trying to dupe his constituents.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has cowered under the pressure and announced an executive order on Thursday that he claims will force everyone in his state to wear a mask to supposedly stop COVID-19 from spreading.
“COVID-19 is not going away, in fact it’s getting worse. Now more than ever, action by everyone is needed until treatments are available for COVID-19,” Abbott said in a video released over social media. “We must do more to slow the spread without locking Texas back down.”
However, public policy analyst Daniel McAdams has found that Abbott is not being forthright about his executive order. Upon closely analyzing the text, McAdams discovered that there is nothing in the order that actually mandates Texans to wear masks in public.
The order reads in part: “Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household; provided, however, that this face-covering requirement does not apply to the following…”
McAdams notes that the order is written to be deliberately confusing and mislead Texans into believing they have to wear masks, but it actually does not create a mask mandate in most locations.
“That comma after the word “space” is essential. It establishes “outdoor public space” as a clause within the sentence, meaning both indoor AND outdoor are covered by the exception “wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing.” This is critically important, as it means even in stores or other indoor spaces masks are not required as long as it is possible to “social distance.” That would include every grocery store and reasonably-sized commercial establishment,” McAdams wrote in a blog for the Ron Paul Institute.
McAdams blasts Abbott for cravenly wording his order “in such a purposely weasel-like manner that it will be universally accepted and reported as such.”
“Many honest Texas officials saw the “second wave” spike coming because they saw how the game was being rigged. But Abbott fell for it and he has declared war on Texans and on liberty,” McAdams wrote.
“This is not rocket science. Politics is at play in the “second wave” coronavirus in Texas and elected officials are either too dense or too corrupt to take a stand for truth,” he concluded.
While Abbott acts like a conservative champion, he has shown himself to be another sad sack oathbreaker under the pressure. He does not have the guts to stand against the media pressure to oppose the virus regime that is an existential threat to U.S. liberty. He will be remembered among the Benedict Arnolds of our age.
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