The crowd began chanting “Lock her up,” a signature refrain at Trump’s raucous campaign rallies. Stewart responded: “That might just happen, by the way. And Timmy too.”
“Oh, we’re going to have a lot of fun between now and November, folks,” he added.
Stewart, known for anti-immigrant rhetoric, defense of Confederate statues and associations with white supremacist groups, relied heavily on his support for Trump in his primary campaign.
In a tweet Wednesday morning, Trump congratulated Stewart on his victory, and called Kaine “a total stiff.”
Congratulations to Corey Stewart for his great victory for Senator from Virginia. Now he runs against a total stiff, Tim Kaine, who is weak on crime and borders, and wants to raise your taxes through the roof. Don’t underestimate Corey, a major chance of winning!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
Tuesday’s nomination for Stewart, long considered a far-right figure, shows the extent to which support for Trump has come to define the Republican Party.
Kaine’s spokesman, Ian Sams, said in a statement that Stewart is “a cruder imitation of Donald Trump who stokes white supremacy” and “an embarrassment for Virginia.”