Lieutenant Governor Winsome Earle-Sears in Virginia urged Republican presidential candidates to stop attacks on each other and focus on defeating President Joe Biden and Democrats in the 2024 Presidential Election.
In an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner’s “Secrets” promoting her autobiography, How Sweet It Is, Earle-Sears suggested Republican presidential candidates should be praising each other’s accomplishments
“We’ve got to get past the name-calling,” she said, expressing concern for candidates to move past “schoolyard insults.”
“I’ve watched them, and it’s like, you know, they’re bent on destroying each other,” she said. “I mean, just scorched earth, and I don’t get it.”
“We’ve got to bring other like-minded people in, and you’re not going to do that with insults. You’re not going to do that with grinding somebody into the dirt,” Earle-Sears said. “We have to respect each other. And, you know, I’ve always said you can disagree without being disagreeable.”
Virginia Lt. Gov. @WinsomeSears is calling on the 2024 crop of Republican presidential candidates to stop their “scorched earth” attacks on each other and turn their fire on the Democrats and President Joe Biden.https://t.co/1nbfv7IHaI
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) August 17, 2023
Earle-Sears didn’t mention specific tension between candidates, though suggested Trump may not be the most effective candidate to defeat Democrats in the upcoming election.
“I don’t know Trump personally, never took a picture with the man. Never spoke to him,” she said. “For the good of the nation, I do not think he should run again in 2024.”
The book, scheduled for release next week, details her experience as an immigrant from Jamaica along with discussing her three years in the United States Marine Corps.
The lieutenant governor’s book also discusses her experiences as a black Republican, which she says came about during the elder Bush administration.
“Oh, my God. I’m a Republican,” she said during the 1988 presidential election between former President George H. W. Bush and Democratic presidential candidate Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis.
“I still can’t understand where this hate for black Republicans comes from,” she writes in one chapter titled, ” Delegate Sears — I Am Black Enough.”
Why can’t black people just vote the way we want to vote? Why do we have to come and ask permission? Whose ring do black people have to kiss? Who made those rules for us? Who says we’re black because we vote Democrat or not black because we do not vote Democrat?
“I just want people to read the book and know that you will have tragedy in life,” she said of her upcoming book. “They’re there. You don’t get out of this life unscathed.”
Sometimes, it’s a wonder we don’t have more trouble, but you have to keep going forward. You cannot lie down in your house coat and your bedroom slippers. You’ve got to keep moving. You only have this one life, and we have to adjust to any new circumstances and go for it. You don’t know who’s watching.
“You don’t know whose life you can change, including your own.”