FRONT ROYAL – Corey Stewart, the Republican Senate hopeful in Tuesday’s primary election, stopped in town on Friday to present his platform.
Stewart, 49, is the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors and is employed as an international trade attorney. He also served 10 months as chair of President Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign before being fired.
Stewart said the reason he was relieved is that “I was upset with the RNC shifting funds out of the Trump campaign and shifting them toward the Senate races.” He added that Steve Bannon said if he had not been fired, Trump could have won Virginia.
Regardless of the firing, Stewart said he always remains loyal to Trump and could not think of anything major about which he disagrees with the president.
One particular goal of Trump’s that Stewart agrees with is erecting a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Our immigration laws and our refugees laws must be based on one thing and one thing only, and that is the national security interest, the national interests, of the United States,” he said.
Regarding refugees, he said that at the bare minimum, the federal government should have to obtain permission by state and local governments to allow refugees into localities. He said accepting refugees negatively affects schools because it is a problem when “half of your class doesn’t speak or doesn’t speak very good English.”
He added: “What about the other 50 percent of the kids? It’s a real disservice to them.”
He also supports Trump’s goal of forcing open foreign markets to American-made goods. Stewart said this is critical to rejuvenate American manufacturing and that being an international trade attorney puts him in a position to accomplish that.
He also noted the need for the federal government to loosen the regulations on industries and agriculture so they will not be forced out of the country.
If industries move to China, he said, lax environmental regulations result in “even more pollution that’s going up into the same atmosphere.”
He said there would be “just as much pollution, if not more, and the only thing that’s been accomplished is you force the American farmer or the American manufacturer out of the United States, and you’ve lost those jobs.”
If elected, Stewart said he would also be a proponent of eliminating Obamacare. He said the essence of Obamacare is the expansion of Medicaid.
He noted Medicaid was established in 1965 and “it was inefficient then, it’s even more inefficient today.”
The reason for that, he said, is that only some providers accept Medicaid. If more people are added to Medicaid, he said it would be harder for current enrollees to receive the same levels of care.
He said Democrats would respond to that by saying that Republicans do not care about poor citizens. He said it is “just the opposite” and “we want a health care system that works.”
To accomplish that, he said a full repeal of Obamacare would be necessary. He said Obamacare should be replaced “with the market” by allowing insurance companies to compete across state lines and letting states design health care systems for their residents.
“That’s the way that we fix the system. It’s not continuing something that is broken,” he said.
Stewart said another piece of legislation he would sponsor is an amendment to the Antiquities Act of 1906. He said this amendment would designate historical monuments as federal antiquities and prohibit the removal of Confederate monuments.
He said this is important because “we’ve been losing our history and that has never happened in America before.” If Confederate monuments are removed, he said, “they’re ultimately coming after the founding fathers.”