Trump campaign fires its Va. chair after intraparty attack

Donald Trump's Virginia campaign chairman Corey Stewart was fired on Monday after an angry Facebook post and protest at the Republican National Committee in Washington, D.C. (Photo: WAVY affiliate NBC12)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has fired its Virginia chairman after he led a protest at GOP headquarters complaining that the party establishment was undercutting its nominee.

At a protest Monday outside Republican National Committee headquarters, Corey Stewart referred to the GOP establishment as “pukes” who were thwarting Trump by reallocation campaign funds to congressional races instead of the presidential campaign.

“Tons of interviews today on behalf of Mr. Trump,” Stewart posted on Facebook. “Then, I went to start a rebellion against GOP establishment pukes who betrayed Trump.”

Stewart said Monday he learned of his dismissal from media reports. He said he was willing to sacrifice his job with the Trump campaign to make the point that the GOP establishment is alienating the grassroots activists who support Trump.

John Fredericks, the spokesman for Trump’s campaign in Virginia, said Stewart’s protest was divisive and not helpful at this stage in the campaign.

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