Virginia Republican Lieutenant Governor Winsome Sears emerged as a rising star following her surprise win in last year’s election.
But after the disappointing Midterm elections, Sears had enough.
And Winsome Sears went on Fox News and said four words about Donald Trump no one saw coming.
There is no doubt that the Midterm elections served as a massive letdown for the Republican Party.
Republicans thought they would pick up as many as 40 seats in the House of Representatives and four in the Senate.
But as the vote counts began trickling in, it became clear that there was no red wave.
Republicans lost key House races, and if they win the majority in the House, it will be by the skin of their teeth.
Democrats gained one Senate seat so far.
And the Democrats also appeared to defy expectations and pick up at least three Governor’s mansion while gaining control of three state legislatures.
There was plenty of blame to go around.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Emmers plunged millions of dollars into deep-Blue districts and ignored close races where candidates not backed by the establishment lost.
RINO Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnel plunked down $9 million to prop up RINO Lisa Murkowski even though Alaska’s ranked choice voting system ensured a Republican would win the race no matter what.
Blake Masters in Arizona could have used that money, but McConnell was more concerned with keeping a Trump ally out of the Senate than winning the majority.
Winsome Sears decided the culprit was Donald Trump.
Trump’s endorsed candidates won some races but fell short in others.
Polls also showed voters did not view Trump favorably.
Sears believed Trump endorsed unelectable candidates like Dr. Mehmet Oz in Pennsylvania and Don Bolduc in New Hampshire and served as a drag on others like Herschel Walker and Blake Masters.
Sears appeared on Fox News host Neil Cavuto’s show and declared the former President was now a liability for the Republican Party and that he should pass the mantle of leadership to someone else.
With Trump planning to run for re-election in 2024, Sears said she could not support him and that it’s “time to move on” from Trump.
“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… I could not support him.”
—VA Lt. Gov. Winsome Sears (R) comes out against Trump’s 2024 candidacy pic.twitter.com/0g1plfHJmu
— The Recount (@therecount) November 10, 2022
Sears is the highest profile Republican elected official not already aligned with the Never-Trump movement to announce her opposition to him running in 2024.
It remains to be seen how many more Republicans will speak out or endorse Trump once he declares his intention to seek re-election on November 15.