Jennifer Mendelsohn, Corey Stewart, 3 News Stories You Should Read Today – 6/13/2018
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In the category of: Stick with what works
Trump loyalist Corey Stewart won this week’s primary to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine
More than 19 months after the 2016 presidential campaign ended, supporters of Virginia GOP Senate nominee Corey Stewart on Tuesday night revived the anti-Hillary Clinton chant of “lock her up.”
Stewart, a Donald Trump loyalist who led the president’s 2016 campaign in Virginia, won Tuesday’s U.S. Senate Republican primary to challenge incumbent Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who was Democrat Clinton’s 2016 vice presidential nominee.
“Virginia can choose to continue with the prosperity and the progress of America under President Trump,” Stewart said in his victory speech. “Or it can choose the past, with everything we know that has failed, and that’s Hillary Clinton’s running mate, Tim Kaine.”
The crowd began chanting “Lock her up,” a signature refrain at Trump’s raucous campaign rallies. Stewart responded: “That might just happen, by the way. And Timmy too.”
In the category of: Unless your Native American, you’re an immigrant
In the category of: Break out those loyalty pledges
In a nod to Trump, Republicans who’ve long deferred to the special counsel have adopted a new mantra: ‘Wrap it up.’
Republican Sen. John Thune says special counsel Robert Mueller should “start winding this down.” Speaker Paul Ryan says “we want to see this thing come to its conclusion.” And House Majority Whip Steve Scalise says he fears Mueller’s probe is “becoming a witch hunt.”
A growing number of Republicans in senior leadership positions, who all profess that Mueller should have no artificial deadline for his Russia influence probe, have also begun to sprinkle in another suggestion: It’s time to wrap it up.
The message is a nod to the gravitational pull of President Donald Trump and his most vocal allies in Congress, a band of hardcore Mueller critics who have made moves to choke off his funding and encourage him to wrap up immediately. Though most senior GOP lawmakers say Mueller should let the facts dictate his probe, their willingness to embrace the hurry-up language is a sign of increasing pressure and division among Republicans about the party’s posture toward the investigation as it enters a perilous phase for Trump and his allies.