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Virginia House candidate blasted for insulting tweet

He said his tweet “was never intended to be anti-Semitic or reference her ethnicity or religion.”

NORFOLK, Va. — Author's note: The above video is on file from August 16, 2021. 

A Republican candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates has apologized after tweeting a derogatory comment about the appearance of House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn that some Democrats said was an antisemitic attack.

 Hahns Copeland is running to represent the Norfolk-based 89th District. The Washington Post reports that he tweeted a response Friday to a tweet by House Democrats that featured a video of Filler-Corn talking about a child care subsidy program. 

“I was surprised to see a pair of eyes and a mouth with that NOSE,” Copeland tweeted about Filler-Corn, who is Jewish. 

Copeland apologized in another tweet late Friday, calling the earlier tweet “immature and impulsive.” 

He said his tweet “was never intended to be anti-Semitic or reference her ethnicity or religion.”