In the News: Delegate Lopez condemns Corey Stewart's inflammatory remarks

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As other GOP leaders squirm at Trump’s stance on judge, Corey Stewart applauds

Laura Vozella, Washington Post | 6/9/2016


Numerous Republican leaders have expressed dismay over Trump’s tirade, with House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.) calling it “the textbook definition of a racist comment.”

But Stewart told The Washington Post on Thursday that he sides with Trump. And like the Trump campaign, he criticized Curiel for supposed membership in the National Council of La Raza, a Hispanic advocacy group.

But Curiel is not a member of the National Council of La Raza. He belongs to the San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association, an unrelated professional group for Latino lawyers.

Stewart refuses to see the distinction.

“La Raza is a sleazy organization that works to keep criminal illegal immigrants in our neighborhoods,” Stewart wrote on Facebook. “Don’t blame Trump at all for not wanting this judge, who is a member of this disreputable organization, from presiding over his case. He could never be impartial.”

Most of Virginia’s GOP office holders have accepted the presumptive GOP presidential nominee grudgingly, if at all. Stewart is all in. When Trump comes to Richmond, Stewart will introduce him.

“I’ll be the one saying, ‘The next president of the United States, Donald Trump!’ ” Stewart said.

Stewart’s enthusiastic support for Trump has drawn the ire of Democrats and could complicate his bid to become governor.

“Corey Stewart’s inflammatory words on social media show us that extreme, divisive politics are never far from our own back yard, and we have to make our voices heard in swift condemnation,” said Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington).

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