- Associated Press - Sunday, February 12, 2017

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate was mobbed by protesters during a trip to Charlottesville.

Corey Stewart, who is chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, visited Charlottesville to defend the city’s statue of Robert E. Lee in a downtown park. But he was confronted by angry protesters.

Stewart’s visit comes after Charlottesville officials voted to take down the statue on Monday.

The Washington Post reports (https://wapo.st/2lEAO1f ) that protesters shouted during his visit, “white supremacy has got to go!”

In response, Stewart said of the protesters, “they have no respect not only to Robert E. Lee, a great American, but they have no respect for Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington or any of the other great American and Virginia heroes.”

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