Although Corey Stewart was ousted as Donald Trump’s campaign chairman in Virginia this fall, he’s still anchoring his gubernatorial campaign to the GOP president-elect.
In the wake of Trump’s victory, the chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors took aim at Ed Gillespie who, like Stewart, is seeking the Republican nomination for governor.
“Ed Gillespie treated Donald Trump like he had typhoid,” Stewart said in a post-election interview with the Richmond Times-Dispatch. “He would not appear with him on stage. He would not mention his name unless he was condemning him.”
The record on the first part of Stewart’s statement – that Gillespie would not appear with Trump – doesn’t lend itself to a fact-check because it requires us to get into Gillespie’s head. Gillespie never did appear on stage with Trump in Virginia, but there’s no evidence he refused to do so. Gillespie’s campaign says he was never invited by Trump’s camp and we’ve found no information to contradict that.
So we’ll fact check the second part of Stewart’s statement – that Gillespie only mentioned Trump’s name when he was “condemning him.”
Even the Republican National Committee’s internal polling showed Donald Trump losing Tuesday’s election. But not everyone got it wrong. Here are the people who said that Donald Trump would win the general election or took him seriously enough to accurately predict, early in his candidacy, the manner in which he would be able to beat Hillary Clinton if he did win:
1. Conservative Virginia radio host John Fredericks.
According to CNN archival research wizard Andrew Kaczynski, Fredericks said in April 2015—before Trump had even announced his candidacy—that he would win if he ran.*
John Fredericks, who predicted Trump’s rise, overcame a stutter to host his radio show in Chesapeake
John Fredericks insists on looking professional for visitors, even at 6 a.m. when his radio show starts.
“No gibberish. No nonsense. Just common sense,” he told listeners of “The John Fredericks Show” on a recent morning, using one of his signature lines.
He talked about domestic terrorist attacks, Donald Trump and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s destruction of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf during a three-hour grilling before the Senate Banking Committee.
“A complete creep – this guy is the ultimate dirtbag CEO of society, right?” Fredericks said of Stumpf. “Another Wall Street looter, part of the bankster globalist crowd.”
Of Warren’s scolding, he said, “This is why I love this woman. … This guy should be in prison.”
Fredericks doesn’t have an easy political label. He’s the co-chairman of the Trump Campaign in Virginia, and he’s been predicting Trump will win the presidency since long before almost anyone else. He endorsed Virginia Democrat Mark Warner for re-election in 2014 against Republican Ed Gillespie. And he said he likes Gov. Terry McAuliffe and thinks he’s doing a good job.
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