PHOTO CREDIT: Winsome Earle-Sears in October 2021, while she was running for Virginia lieutenant governor, campaigns in Winchester, Va. (Pete Marovich for The Washington Post)
“Winsome Sears rode a wave of President Trump’s voters to election victory in 2021,” the statement said. “Her comments are a slap to the face to all of the grassroots Republicans that worked so hard to get her elected. They won’t forget this and there will be a reckoning. There always is in politics.”
Trump’s most prominent supporters in the state reacted with fury, swearing vengeance against Earle-Sears and Gov. Glenn Youngkin (R), who appears to be weighing a 2024 presidential bid. If he won the White House, Earle-Sears would complete his gubernatorial term.
Radio host John Fredericks, chairman of Trump’s Virginia campaigns in 2016 and 2020, said he thought that Youngkin had put Earle-Sears up to making the comments.
“If you think Winsome Sears did this without the approval of Glenn Youngkin, you’re naive,” Fredericks said. “This is his salvo to run for president. Good luck beating Team Trump in Virginia. We’ll crush him in his own state.”
Asked if Youngkin knew ahead of time that she would publicly split with Trump, Earle-Sears declined to say.
Read the full article from The Washington Post by By Laura Vozzella and Gregory S. Schneider here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2022/11/10/virginia-winsome-sears-trump/