Republican Senate candidate for Virginia Corey Stewart led a “Support ICE Rally” outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in Fairfax County that drew both supporters he wanted to energize and counter-protesters.
Protesters showed up and attempted to drown out the rally by banging pots and pans and playing Latin American music over a loud speaker, the Washington Post reported.
“I want to thank the people in the back for providing tonight’s entertainment. They have good music.” Stewart said at the "Support ICE Rally."
Stewart staged the rally to voice his outrage over the previous calls from progressive Democrats to abolish ICE. During the rally he listed the names of American citizens who have been victims of crimes committed by illegal immigrants.
The Republican candidate is looking to take Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine’s Senate seat in the 2018 midterm elections. Stewart is trailing Kaine by 20 points, according to a September poll released by the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.
While more left-leaning Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kirsten Gillibrand, N.Y., have voiced their support for dismantling of the federal agency, Kaine has not. Yet, at the rally, Stewart claimed he had.
“Those goofballs in the back don’t want to talk about that, ” Stewart said referring to the protesters.
Some lawmakers and congressional candidates called for the abolition of ICE over the summer after the Trump administration enacted a zero tolerance immigration policy that resulted in an uptick in the amount of children separated from their families while crossing the border illegally.