Images of Virginia’s new Republican lieutenant governor-elect have been widely shared on social media, as conservatives celebrated her victory and dunked on liberals crying racism.
The photos of Winsome Sears, particularly one of her holding a rifle, began resurfacing on social media even before the candidate was formally projected as the winner in the election Tuesday — part of an electoral “bloodbath” for Democrats in the state and elsewhere.
Meet the new lieutenant governor of Virginia: https://t.co/n308n1728f
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) November 3, 2021
Commentators on the right cited the photos to debunk increasingly wild claims by Democrats and journalists that Republican Glenn Youngkin, Virginia’s governor-elect, and his voters are Trumpian racists.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 3, 2021
For comparison, some also resurfaced the infamous blackface photo linked to outgoing Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat.
Sears, an outspoken gun rights advocate and former Virginia lawmaker and U.S. Marine, immigrated to America from her native Jamaica at age 6.
- A mother of three, Sears will be the highest-ranking black female official in Virginia’s history.
- In addition to being the second-in-command in Richmond, Sears will serve as the president and tie-breaking vote in the state Senate, where Democrats hold a narrow advantage, at least until the 2023 election.
IN HER OWN WORDS
During her late-night victory speech Tuesday, Sears thrilled conservatives by letting out a Marine battle cry and describing her immigrant story as “the American dream.”
Working in politics full time going into a second decade now has made me beyond jaded. So maybe it’s just it’s the first thing in the morning and my guard is down, because I thought I could no longer be moved, but I actually got a little choked up watching this. https://t.co/erK8BGoEbC
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) November 3, 2021
After leading supporters in a chant of “U.S.A.!.” Sears called for unity against “some who want to divide us” by denying the American racial progress she embodies.
- “In case you haven’t noticed,” she said, “I am black, and I have been black all my life!”
- “You’re beautiful!” shouted someone in the crowd.
- Sears then promised to get down to business, outlining plans to cut taxes, bolster police and invest in education, because “education will lift us all out of poverty.”