UPDATE 6:30 pm — The Bull Elephant reports, “Virginia Tea Party Patriots Federation held a debate today where Nick Freitas smoked Corey Stewart. Evidence of that is in their straw poll that Freitas won 140 to 76.” The Washington Post reports, “Stewart accused Freitas of buying tickets for supporters so they could vote in the straw poll; Freitas’s campaign said the number of tickets the campaign bought was fewer than Freitas’s margin of victory.” Also note that Stewart and Freitas ripped each other in this debate, with Freitas calling it “adorable” that Stewart thinks the former Green Beret is not a fighter. Freitas also noted that Stewart had lost two statewide elections (sort of – Stewart lost the 2013 GOP convention’s LG nomination to EW Jackson, and Stewart lost by the 2017 GOP gubernatorial primary by a slim margin to Ed Gillespie) and that Stewart “has done so much to divide the Republican Party.” Stewart also attacked Freitas for not supporting “the wall” strongly enough; Freitas responded that he really really DOES support the wall (note: how could Freitas say no, when he’s pandering to a GOP that keeps going further and further off the xenophobic, far-right-wing deep end?).
I’ll have more later on the ugly, extreme, confrontational, belligerent, bizarre U.S. Senate debate earlier today between Republicans Corey Stewart and Nick Freitas, put on by the Virginia Tea Party. For now, see below for video of the debate, and also some exclusive video of the howling mob…er, audience at the forum. Nice, level-headed, tolerant bunch of folks, eh? DEPORT THE CRIMINAL ILLEGALS!!! GOVERNMENT IS EVIL!!! BUILD THE WALL!!! WE LOVE TRUMP!!! etc. etc. In sum: we need to make sure that Sen. Tim Kaine not only wins this November, but crushes whichever of these two extremists – and it IS likely to be one of these two – this November. Let’s do it!