Corey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report

Corey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report
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Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart (R) fired a top campaign aide who helped bring far-right ideas to Stewart's campaign.

Stewart confirmed to the Richmond Times-Dispatch that Noel Fritsch is "no longer with the campaign as of Aug. 31," the Times-Dispatch reported. Stewart did not tell the newspaper why Fritsch had been let go.


Fritsch previously shared several conspiracy theories and racist sentiments on social media, according to CNN. He promoted a conspiracy theory that Democrats were responsible for the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, shared anti-Muslim sentiments and criticized NPR for discussing LGBT people, CNN reported. 

Fritsch also previously worked for Paul Nehlen, an anti-Semitic candidate in Wisconsin who ran against Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOn The Money: House GOP struggles to get votes for B in wall funds | Fallout from Oval Office clash | Dems say shutdown would affect 800K workers | House passes 7 billion farm bill GOP struggles to win votes for Trump’s B wall demand House GOP blocks lawmakers from forcing Yemen war votes for rest of year MORE (R), and Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreDems face tough road ahead in Deep South Republicans should give middle class another 10 percent tax cut Hyde-Smith prevails in Mississippi runoff after 'public hanging' stumble MORE, the former GOP Senate candidate in Alabama accused of pursuing relationships with women when they were teenagers. 

Stewart is running against Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineTim Kaine: Trump was 'fact-checked to his face' by Pelosi, Schumer While G-20 Summit was promising for US- China trade relations, Congress must still push for an exclusion process Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Border deployment 'peaked' at 5,800 troops | Trump sanctions 17 Saudis over Khashoggi killing | Senators offer bill to press Trump on Saudis | Paul effort to block Bahrain arms sale fails MORE (D) in the general election for the Virginia Senate seat. 

Stewart has been accused of white supremacy and promoting racist views because of alleged ties to white nationalists. He has previously defended Confederate monuments in Virginia.

He previously called Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed (D) an "ISIS commie" in a since-deleted tweet and said NFL players who kneel for the national anthem are "thugs"