Just yesterday, Corey Stewart, campaign chair for the state of Virginia for the Trump campaign, was fired after not shutting down a protest outside the Republican National Committee. According to the Washington Post, Stewart was participating in a rally outside the RNC, without the Trump campaign’s knowledge or permission to do so.
Stewart said that he knew full well that he would be fired after letting the rally continue, but decided he wanted to make a point against establishment Republicans. He said, “I wanted to call them out and, look, there’s not a lot of time left. The truth needs to be told. Paul Ryan, the Mitt Romneys, the Reince Priebuses, they don’t want Trump to win. They’re sabotaging the campaign.” Stewart has backed up Trump consistently, even after the 2005 Access Hollywood video was released last Friday, and has not supported the RNC’s lack of effort in campaigning in Virginia.
As we’ve known, Virginia has swung very blue during this election, and Stewart blames the polls falling towards Hillary Clinton on the RNC. By Stewart protesting against the RNC, it comes across that the RNC doesn’t support Trump and never has, as shown by Virginia’s polling. However, Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, came out in a statement saying, “We have a tremendous working relationship with the RNC. Chairman Reince Priebus has been an engaged and incredibly supportive ally to Mr. Trump throughout the campaign.” Conway argues, along with the rest of the campaign, that the RNC supports Trump and will continue doing so.
So has Corey Stewart sabotaged Trump’s chances in Virginia as chairman and wants to blame the RNC on his mistakes? Or, is the Trump campaign trying to make it seem like the RNC fully supports Trump so they get more establishment Republicans on board with him?
Either way, it’s hard to say who exactly is at fault for Trump’s major dip in the polls in Virginia. On average, Clinton is leading against Trump in the polls in Virginia by 7.5 points. While we could point fingers all we want at either Corey Stewart or the RNC, let’s just say that Hillary Clinton had a stronger ground game in Virginia to begin with. Sure, both Stewart and the RNC probably could have done better than they did, but Clinton obviously came out stronger and more effectively.