WASHINGTON - A day after sitting down on GoodDayDC and praising Donald Trump for his performance during the second presidential debate with Hillary Clinton, Corey Stewart returned to FOX 5 - this time - as the former chairman of Trump's Virginia campaign.
Trump's presidential campaign fired Stewart Monday after he led a protest at GOP headquarters, hours after his first appearance on FOX 5. At the protest he complained that the party establishment was undercutting its nominee by reallocating campaign funds to congressional races instead of to the presidential campaign.
When he came back to FOX 5 on Tuesday - he was still in the Trump camp - saying that he felt his actions were necessary. "If nothing changes we're going to lose Virginia," he told FOX 5's Maureen Umeh. "And if we lose Virginia we lose the White House."
Stewart said that so much of the money raised by Trump supporters in Virginia has been sent out of state that the campaign does not even have enough funds for signs or bumper stickers. He said that before the protest, he tried to reach out to both Trump, and Republican vice presidential nominee Governor Mike Pence.
He described his role in Monday’s protest as a 'hail Mary' throw necessary if Trump is to stand a chance in Virginia during the election. He also said that the protest was not a way to gain name recognition as he prepares to launch his campaign for governor in 2017.
According to Stewart, Virginia Republicans are split between what he calls the establishment and his grassroots group. "We thought we took back control of the party when we nominated Trump," he said. "Well now the establishment is trying to take it back - we can't let them do that."
"I'm going to continue to support Mr. Trump," he said Tuesday on FOX 5. "This isn't about me. This is about trying to get him elected and trying to get more resources back into Virginia."