Virginia's Republican Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears said in an interview on Fox Business Thursday that she “could not support” Donald Trump should he choose to run for White House in 2024.
In a conversation with Neil Cavuto, Sears noted some positive points Trump did, particularly for the black Americans and then added that any true leader must acknowledge “that it's time to step off the stage.”
“His administration, when it came to the economy, helped us, because black unemployment was the lowest it had ever been historically, and then, of course, when it came to education he forgave his administration the loans that historically black colleges and universities had owed that they could never repay, and, by the way, provided a permanent funding stream. And then safety. Forced NATO to bring their fair share, only 2 percent of their GDP.
“But when we look at the mission — and as a Marine, we’re looking at the mission. And, you know, the voters have spoken, and they have said that they want a different leader. And a true leader understands when they have become a liability. A true leader understands that it’s time to step off the stage. And the voters have given us that very clear message. Because this is about America.”
Cavuto asked if her comments specifically addressed Donald Trump and the Republican Party and she responded:
“Yes. A house divided against itself cannot stand, and indeed, that’s where we are today. And, as I’ve said before, America is the prize. Why do we want to win elections? It’s because we’ve got to learn to love each other, live together, govern together, and the voters are saying, enough is enough.”
Following up, Cavuto asked what she would think of if Trump announces on November 15 that he will run for president in 2024, which many have predicted. Her response:
“I could not support him. I just couldn’t.”
The reaction was swift and savage on social media and on Twitter, with Trump supporters taking on Sears for her stance. If we're going to get more Republicans and win over the White House in 2024, it's important to stop dismissing any conservative with a differing opinion on certain issues. Sears has more leadership experience than the majority of people who are weighing in on this issue and makes a powerful claim about the ultimate prize being America and the fact that we're at the point today because of being divided.