Corey Stewart Staffers Praised White Nationalist Family Tied to GOP Senate Nominee’s Campaign
In June, two members of GOP Senate nominee Corey Stewart’s campaign praised a white nationalist family tied to the candidate.
Joshua Rosene, a field director on Stewart’s campaign for Virginia senator, defended white supremacists George Randall and Donna Randall — a pro-Confederacy couple that has worked for Stewart in differing capacities.
“George and Donna Randall are valuable supporters of our campaign and will remain so,” said Rosene on June 16, in response to someone who shared a photo of George Randall marching with former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke in the deadly Unite the Right rally.
The Stewart campaign did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Aside from their involvement in last year’s Charlottesville, Virginia rally that ended with a white supremacist killing an anti-racist activist, George and Donna Randall are also tied to the neo-Confederate, white supremacist group League of the South, which bills itself as an organization focused on securing “a future for white children”, an phrase borrowed from the “14 Words” neo-Nazi slogan.
But their activism did not stop Rosene from backing them, or Brian Landrum, an adviser who works with Stewart at his current job at the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and volunteers on his campaign against Senator Tim Kaine.
“Donna and George Randall are good people,” Landrum wrote on Facebook. “They are not racists.”
Incidentally, Landrum has his own ties to open white supremacists. Per a Daily Beast report released last month, the Stewart staffer participated in a Facebook group chat created to plan a second Unite the Right rally on August 12, which will serve as an anniversary for last year’s deadly event.
Landrum also recently aided in the doxing of a New York Times reporter, after providing her phone number to an alt-right, conspiratorial website tied to the Stewart campaign, which published the number. He did so after claiming that she broke into his home while trying to interview him, but the Times vehemently denied this accusation. Police are investigating the matter further.
As for the Randalls, the couple has had a long and storied relationship with Stewart. Going back to his failed Virginia gubernatorial campaign in 2017, Donna Randall was paid by his campaign for “fieldwork consulting,” Mediaite reported. Donna, who is known to frequently post on a white supremacist website, also introduced the candidate at numerous campaign events, per a report from CNN’s KFile team.
George Randall, who has said the Civil War “is not over,” paid for one of these events, which was hosted in South Boston, Virginia and included Stewart praising the Confederacy’s decision to secede from the Union.
Additionally, George Randall has worked as an unofficial body guard for Stewart, seen at numerous campaign events throughout Virginia protecting the candidate from crowds and protesters.
Most recently, the henchman was spotted by the Richmond Times-Dispatch at a Stewart event in June of this year where he kicked out a Democratic operative while wearing a Confederate flag necklace.
Despite winning the Republican primary election for Senate in Virginia, Stewart’s comes with serious baggage. He’s been seen with white supremacists all over the state of Virginia, gave an interview to rape apologist and conspiracy theorist Mike Cernovich, blamed the Unite the Right violence on “left-wing agitators” and appeared at an “Old South Ball” to receive praise from a neo-Confederate activist for his role in defending Rebel statues and monuments.
He also endorsed whites supremacist House candidate Paul Nehlen, calling him his “personal hero.” Stewart has since disavowed Nehlen after taking flack for his comments just days before the Virginia Senate primary was held.
Mediaite also reported that Stewart once named an apparent neo-Nazi his campaign’s “volunteer of the week.”
For these reasons, many Republican figures have distanced themselves from Stewart — except for the leading Republican in America, President Donald Trump.
“Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia,” tweeted Trump hours after Stewart won his primary. “Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. Don’t underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!”
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