After losing the Virginia primary for governor in 2017, where he ran on a pro-Confederacy platform, Stewart tried his hand at challenging Kaine, Virginia’s popular incumbent senator. His campaign was beset by concerns that it was cozy with racists and mocked for Stewart’s obsession with trying to paint Kaine as a member of antifa.
When pictures of Stewart’s election night celebration party were posted moments before his race was declared over, people on Twitter pounced.
Hello from the Corey Stewart election night party at the Harbour Grill pic.twitter.com/l2RmDcnUVN— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) November 6, 2018
"Separate checks, please." https://t.co/vtI4NpzPWI— Hunter (@HunterDK) November 7, 2018
Oof. But that white supremacist deserves it. https://t.co/YpX9acZWm7— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) November 7, 2018
This is gold. Pure, unadulterated, gold. https://t.co/P1sCRlEhMr— Evan Brown (@Baman2113) November 7, 2018
A thread of defeat. https://t.co/4TjJzjHv4I— kristen g ⭐️ 208A1🌲, ⭐️⭐️ 210A4🌹 (@nomadpdx) November 7, 2018
According to William Steakin, a reporter with the Independent Journal Review, the election party was unable to change the channel at the bar, which was playing coverage of the midterms by a very liberal site called The Young Turks.
annnnnd the staff has given up, @TheYoungTurks is the leading coverage here at Corey Stewart’s election party.— Will Steakin (@wsteaks) November 7, 2018
I think word is getting around that the race has been called. Someone just said, “Fuck Kaine, I hate that guy,” while @cenkuygur blares in the background. pic.twitter.com/A3tvwpFhQH
According to Steakin, there was one bright spot: The chicken wings were excellent.