- The Washington Times - Friday, August 10, 2018

Virginia Senate candidate Corey Stewart blamed an unnamed vendor for a tweet from his verified Twitter account Wednesday that called Michigan gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed an “ISIS commie.”

“Michigan almost elected a far left ISIS commie,” read the now-deleted tweet, according to a screenshot taken by progressive website Blue Virginia, The Hill first reported.

“This guy wants to abolish ICE & won 300,000 votes. Dangerous stuff. Don’t let wimpy @timkaine bring this dangerous, far left communism to VA,” the Republican nominee continued, referencing his Democratic challenger, former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine.

The tweet included a news article from Big League Politics, a website founded by ex-Breitbart employees, titled, “Michigan dodges bullet as Sharia Law Compliant Democrat Loses Gubernatorial primary.”

Mr. Stewart told The Hill that he was not responsible for the tweet, and that the vendor who sent the tweet had his or her Twitter access to the account revoked.

“One of my vendors put out a tweet last night that attempted to link a Michigan gubernatorial candidate to ISIS, because he apparently received support from purported extremists,” Mr. Stewart said in a statement. “I don’t believe in guilt by association. I have been the target of very similar smears, and I don’t believe in using such tactics against others.”

Mr. Stewart, who has yet to receive the RNC’s endorsement, is running against Mr. Kaine to represent Virginia’s 10th congressional district, currently held by Republican Rep. Barbara Comstock.

Mr. El-Sayed, who was enthusiastically endorsed by democratic socialists Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, lost to Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday in Michigan’s Democratic primary for governor.

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