A rising Republican star says it’s time for the Republican Party to move on from Donald Trump.
Virginia Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears cited the lackluster performance of the GOP in Tuesday’s elections as the reason she would not support him in 2024, and for the party to look elsewhere.
“The voters are saying enough is enough,” Sears told Fox Business in an interview. “We have a clear mission and it is time to move on.”
Sears rose to prominence last year as part of the GOP sweep in Virginia, when Glenn Youngkin won the gubernatorial race and Jason Miyares captured the attorney general’s office. She became her state’s first woman lieutenant governor and the first black woman to hold a statewide office.
Sears was once a prominent pro-Trumper. The Washington Times noted that in 2020 she once led a group called “Black Americans to Re-elect the President.” But now she wants new blood.
In her interview with Fox Business, she noted that voters on Tuesday clearly indicated they “want a different leader.”
For that reason, she added, she could not support Trump going forward.
“A true leader understands when they have become a liability. A true leader understands that it is time to step off the stage, and the voters have given us that very clear message,” Sears said.
Some of the Trump faithful were not pleased.
Former Trump adviser Sebastian Gorka tweeted, “@WinsomeSears stabs President Trump in the back on [Neil] Cavuto’s FOX Business show, saying President Trump shouldn’t run in 2024.” “#FakeMAGA.”
Alex Bruesewitz said on Twitter, “If you’re not paying attention, the swamp is running a coordinated campaign, pushing dishonest talking points about Donald Trump. Winsome Sears, who was propped up by the MAGA movement, is the latest to get gobbled up.”
“Well, she just showed her true colors,” said Wayne Dupree.
On Thursday, Kari Lake said in an interview, “You know, Ron DeSantis goes out and gives his big speech and then they want to make it look like the Trump Republicans don’t have a chance.”