Corey Stewart, chairman of Donald Trump’s Virginia campaign and a 2017 GOP hopeful for governor, stood by the Republican presidential nominee Friday night after his crude comments about women provoked a firestorm.
Stewart’s defense of Trump stood in stark contrast to the condemnation from two other 2017 GOP hopefuls for governor, Ed Gillespie and Rep. Robert J. Wittman, R-1st.
Asked about the condemnation of Trump by Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Stewart, called them “establishment pukes” and said they want Democrat Hillary Clinton to win.
“What do you expect from the Republican establishment,” said Stewart, a Prince William County supervisor. “They want him to lose and they want the other establishment candidate — Hillary Clinton, to win.”
Stewart said the economy “is heading into the gutter and we’re supposed to vote for president based on some locker room statements by Mr. Trump? I think people are smarter than that.
“He’s not an angel — he’s not a pope. We’re voting for president of the United States. When we nominated him we knew he wasn’t a saint, but he’s probably the only person who can change its direction.”
I don’t generally talk about my conversations with politicians. I consider those conversations private, to a point. However, I can’t keep silent any longer.
The night Corey decided to chair the Virginia Trump campaign, I spoke with him. I hope he will remember my words. I said, “Corey, you will never get the stench of Trump off you.” I meant it. I also went on to tell Corey how I felt his decision to be that closely associated with Donald Trump would be a career breaker. I meant it.
Today, nearly a year later, the situation is even worse than I ever imagined possible. Unfortunately, I don’t see anything but Corey doubling down and defending his hero Trump. That’s sad. It signals to me that not only is Corey unfit to chair the BOCS, he also is unfit for state office.
Corey, quit while you still have a soul. This Trump guy is disgusting. His apology wasn’t really an apology. His behavior is unacceptable in a our culture.