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 RyanElection Countdown: Cruz, O'Rourke fight at pivotal point | Ryan hitting the trail for vulnerable Republicans | Poll shows Biden leading Dem 2020 field | Arizona Senate debate tonight Paul Ryan to campaign for 25 vulnerable House Republicans GOP super PAC pushes back on report it skipped ad buys for California's Rohrabacher, Walters MORE (R), and Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreFormer campaign aide to New Jersey governor says she was sexually assaulted by his ex-staffer Mellman: When questions don’t mean what they say CNN's Toobin: It's Trump's ‘nature’ to not believe accusations of sexual assault 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 KaineOvernight Defense: Trump says 'rogue killers' could be behind missing journalist | Sends Pompeo to meet Saudi king | Saudis may claim Khashoggi killed by accident | Ex-VA chief talks White House 'chaos' | Most F-35s cleared for flight Democrats torch Trump for floating 'rogue killers' to blame for missing journalist Election Countdown: O'Rourke brings in massive M haul | Deal on judges lets senators return to the trail | Hurricane puts Florida candidates in the spotlight | Adelson spending big to save GOP in midterms 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"