White supremacists and conspiracy theorists are out of the shadows and running for office - 2018-10-30
The Trump era has emboldened white supremacists and conspiracy theorists to emerge from the shadows—and some of them have been running for office:
The carpetbagger: Corey Stewart, Virginia's Republican Senate candidate, has built his political career around defending Confederate monuments—despite being born and raised in Minnesota. In 2017, Stewart met publicly with the man who would later organize the "Unite the Right" white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia; after a neo-Nazi allegedly killed Heather Heyer there, Stewart blamed "half the violence" on anti-racist counterprotesters. He also endorsed Paul Nehlen, an anti-Semite and self-described "pro-white" candidate who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan's seat.
Doctor Whoo: After Kelli Ward announced her candidacy against Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake (who has since decided not to run again), President Donald Trump tweeted, "Great to see that Dr. Kelli Ward is running against Flake Jeff Flake." Before she was knocked out in the August primary, Ward got a reputation for hanging out with right-wing cranks and conspiracy theorists. She posted a photo of herself with Milo Yiannopoulos, met up with Pizzagate promoter Mike Cernovich, and spoke to a fringe medical group that claims abortion causes cancer.