Va. school board member asked to resign for supporting Trump

Leader pressured to resign over Trump support

FAIRFAX, VA (WUSA9) - A Fairfax County School Board member is lashing back at the Fairfax Democratic Party after its call for her resignation because of Tweets she made supporting Donald Trump.

"I was stunned.  I was completely stunned," said Elizabeth Schultz describing her reaction after Sue Langley, Fairfax County Democratic Committee Chair called for Schultz's resignation. 

"First of all, that's my First Amendment right. And the fact that you would have a political party leader look to suppress an individual citizen's right to vote for whom they chose or support whom  they chose, you know that's very frightening," said Schultz.

Langley made the call for her resignation on October 10, a few days after the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood video of Donald Trump bragging about groping women. Langley took issue with Schultz's tweet

"SCOTUS" is a reference to the U.S. Supreme Court.  Schultz explained that she views the election as "bigger than the man...This is not a four-year decision. It's a 40-year decision.  It's a Supreme Court Decision."

The article Schultz links to is about how transgender children can legally change their names through an online form in Norway, something Schultz is vehemently against.

She opposed new rules to allow transgender students use bathrooms that match their gender identity, and noting in her tweet, it could ultimately be the Supreme Court that decides the issue. 

Langley found the Tweet not only distasteful, but "inappropriate" for members of the Fairfax County School Board to make. 

"Make a joke about Trump sexual assault tape? Being elected official, non-partisan elected official in the school system, to me its just....she shouldn't be in that position," said Langley

Virginia School Board members run without party affiliation to keep their positions non-partisan. But independently, they can support whomever they want. And Elizabeth Schultz, one of the few Republicans on the liberal Fairfax County School Board, is unapologetic over her support for Trump.

"Once you have a party who has a nominee, the ethical thing to do, frankly, is to support your nominee...I'm not going to say, 'no matter what he does,' but what's missing from this conversation is 'alleged,'" said Schultz, referring to the several woman who've accused Trump of sexual assault.

Schultz ran for office after the prior School Board closed her neighborhood school, Clifton Elementary,  in 2011. "The reason that they purported to close Clifton Elementary were false. They were not telling us the truth," said Schultz.  The school has been sitting empty and unused for five years. 

As far as resigning, Schultz says she's not going anywhere. 


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