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Corey Stewart mobbed by protesters at Robert E. Lee statue in Charlotteville

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Published: Feb. 13, 2017 at 11:00 AM EST
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A Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate was allegedly mobbed by protesters during a trip to Charlottesville.

Corey Stewart, chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and former Virginia chairman of Trump's campaign, visited Charlottesville to defend the city's statue of Robert E. Lee in a downtown park. But he was confronted by angry protesters.

Stewart's visit comes after Charlottesville city Council voted Monday to remove the Robert E Lee statue from the city's capital Central Square. Stewart said he will be supporting a lawsuit challenging the councils actions and he did not agree with the protesters.

"They don't believe in the first amendment and they don't believe in the Constitution and we're going to shut them down," said Stewart. "We're going to take our state back and we're going to take Virginia back and we're going to stand up for our history and we're going to stand up for our courage."

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that protesters shouted during his visit, "white supremacy has got to go!"

"I think it's pretty despicable to have an outside person running for governor coming down here who doesn't know anything about the community," protester Frank Dukes told WHSV's sister station WCAV. "When he goes to Richmond he's doing to tell us what we can do with our parks, monuments, and statues. And I don't think that's right."

In response, Stewart said of the protesters, "They have no respect not only to Robert E. Lee, a great American, but they have no respect for Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, George Washington or any of the other great American and Virginia heroes."

In an e-mail to his campaign supporters, Stewart claims he was "attacked by radical left-wing protesters." He issued a statement saying:

I won’t back down -- even when threatened and faced with physical violence like yesterday in Charlottesville. Instead, I promise to campaign and fight harder than ever before to take back Richmond from the political elites.

The e-mail goes on to ask for campaign contributions at

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