Virginia Republicans debate direction after Lt. Gov. Sears criticizes Trump (DC News Now)

In an interview with DC News Now on Wednesday — before Sears made her comments — University of Mary Washington Professor of Political Science and International Affairs Dr. Stephen Farnsworth discussed Trump’s role in Virginia politics. “I think that Donald Trump’s impact in a nomination stage for Republicans is still pretty powerful,” Farnsworth said. “But it comes with a backlash in the general election. The more closely you were joined to the hip with Donald Trump as a candidate, the more problematic it was going to be for you if you are then trying to run in a general election in a place that’s competitive.”