In announcing he will seek the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate from Virginia, outspoken preacher E.W. Jackson said Monday that his chief Republican rival, Corey Stewart, is a tax-and-spend politician who doesn’t understand the threat the country faces from Sharia law and radical Islam.
Jackson joins Stewart and a state lawmaker, Del. Nicholas J. “Nick” Freitas (Culpeper), in the Republican contest for the chance to challenge Sen. Tim Kaine (D), who is seeking reelection to a second term in 2018.
Out of the gate, Jackson attempted to out-insult the provocative Stewart, saying he “has had some dealings” with the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamic group, and “has never seen a tax increase . . . he didn’t like.”
Jackson did not elaborate but may have been referring to decisions earlier this year by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors, which Stewart chairs, to issue a permit for the construction of a mosque in Nokesville and to raise property taxes.
He made the comments on the syndicated John Fredericks radio show before holding a news conference in Chesapeake.
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