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Trump-loving Virginia gubernatorial candidate says ‘ISIS has won’ after Confederate monument removed

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Corey Stewart, the former chairman of President Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign and a current candidate for Virginia governor, has angrily lashed out after learning that New Orleans has removed a monument dedicated to the Confederacy.

Per Right Wing Watch, Stewart said that the removal of the monument was akin to a victory for Islamic State, despite the fact that its removal had nothing to do with religion.

“It appears ISIS has won,” Stewart wrote on Twitter. “They are tearing down historical monuments in New Orleans now too. It must end. Despicable!”

The monument in question was the Liberty Monument, which was erected in 1891 to commemorate an uprising by a white supremacist paramilitary organization in 1874. In 1932, an inscription was added to the statue that talked about the importance of recognizing “white supremacy in the South,” although this inscription was covered over in 1993.

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Nonetheless, the monument remained highly controversial, and its removal was backed by Democratic New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu.

Stewart’s defense of the monument is far from the only controversial remark he has made while running for governor this year. In February, he drew fire for calling former RNC Ed Gillespie a “cuckservative,” which is a favorite insult of white nationalists.

Stewart also slammed Republicans in his state who abandoned him because of his defense of the Confederacy, and referred to them as “nervous Nellies.”

Stewart was fired by the Trump campaign last year after he organized a pro-Trump demonstration outside the RNC that called out both then-RNC chief Reince Priebus and House Majority Leader Paul Ryan.

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Here’s why Trump and Putin are only frenemies at this point

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President Trump’s campaign of “maximum pressure” on Iran has hit an obstacle: Russia.

While the United States insists that Iran shot down a U.S. surveillance drone in international airspace last week, Russia rejected the charge on Tuesday and supported Iran’s claim that the Global Hawk drone with a 116-foot wingspan was shot down over Iranian territory.

A top Russian official stated Moscow’s intelligence findings at a meeting with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday, according to Haaretz, the Israeli daily.

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How the GOP is embracing more ruthless power grabs in the face of huge political challenges

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On Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on two cases highlighting the collision between partisan power grabs and setting the ground rules for two of the most important elections in America—those for U.S. House and state legislative chambers.

This article was produced by Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

One ruling concerns whether the Trump administration can add a question to the 2020 census that asks if anyone residing in that address is not a U.S. citizen. The other concerns whether hyper-partisanship is unconstitutional when state legislatures run by a single party draw electoral districts to maximize their party’s likelihood of winning elections.

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Hope Hicks may have implicated Jared Kushner in a coverup

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks frustrated Democrats last week when she refused to answer multiple questions about her time in the White House.

However, Mother Jones' David Corn and Dan Friedman noticed one bit of Hicks's testimony that shines a negative light on Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.

When asked about her false statement in December 2016 that there had been no contact between members of the Trump campaign and Russian government officials, Hicks said she consulted several top officials who worked for the campaign before making the statement, including Kellyanne Conway, Steve Bannon -- and Jared Kushner.

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