This is the state of the Republican Party, 2018.  Corey Stewart, who “supports Confederate symbols,” has won the GOP senate nomination in Virginia.  From CNN:

  • He made Charlottesville’s push to remove its statue of Robert E. Lee the centerpiece of his campaign for governor, holding rallies for the monument and displaying Confederate flags while defending “heritage” at his events. At one point, he attended an Old South ball.
  • He attended a news conference with the leader of the white supremacist protest that later resulted in the death of a counter-protester in Charlottesville. And after that counter-protester, Heather Heyer, was killed in a hit-and-run, Stewart blamed the violence on “both sides.”

Stewart will face Senator Tim Kaine, who was Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016.  The National Republican Senate Committee won’t say if it will endorse Stewart, but Donald Trump didn’t waste any time showing his support.

Stewart was the Virginia campaign chairman for Donald Trump before he was fired.  He’s been known to associate with white nationalists and once called a “pro-white” candidate for Congress in Wisconsin his personal hero.