Winsome Sears: Voters Are 'Tired' of Black & White People Being Pitted against Other
Virginia's new lieutenant governor slams divisive identity politics
Virginia Lieutenant Governor-elect Winsome Sears has attributed her historic victory to voters being sick of seeing black and white people pitted against each other through divisive identity politics.
Earlier this month, Republican Sears soared to victory over her Democrat rival to become the first black woman elected to statewide office in Virginia's history.
"They’re tired of the black against white and the Asian against Latino," Sears told Fox News while speaking of those who voted for her.
"They’re tired of it, and they’re tired of politicians who won’t let the wounds of the past heal."
"I’ve just always assumed whatever room I’m in, I belong," Sears told host Chris Wallace.
"Whatever I want to pursue, it’s mine for the taking."
"Nobody is denying that we don’t want to hear all the history, least of all me," Sears added.
"I certainly don’t want the sins of the past to be repeated.
"We don’t have to tear one person down in order to build another up.
"That’s no way to be. That’s not America."
On the campaign trail, Sears refused to adopt the victim mentality that many do.
"When you tell me that I'm a victim ... how? Tell me how," she said during a campaign speech.
"Everything I've had, I've had to work for. Everything."
During her victory speech, Sears emphasized that her political success is the result of the "American dream."
Following the Glenn Youngkin gubernatorial win, the Jamaican immigrant turned naturalized citizen who formerly served as a U.S. Marine told her enthusiastic supporters, "This country had done so much for me, I was willing to die for this country."
She then led the crowd in a chant of, "U-S-A!"
On "Fox News Sunday," Sears rejected the politics of pitting black and white people against one another.
She continued to drive home her point with an analogy, "Sometimes what happens to you isn't because you're black or because you're a woman, it's simply life.
"I mean, some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statute.
"It's just life. We need to wake up."
Sears exclaimed that she just wants to serve.
Most of all, the Old Dominion graduate hopes children see her achievements and say, "Well, if Winsome can do it, I can do it, because I didn't do anything special except stay in school and study.
"And I never let anybody walk over me.
"And if they did, they didn't get a second chance."
When Sears garnered the national spotlight during the Virginia gubernatorial election, where many Republicans outside of Virginia fell head over heels for the fiery 57-year-old former Marine when they took one glimpse of a viral photo of Sears posing with a rifle during a day at the range.
Beautiful day ☀️ = Range day!— Winsome Sears (@WinsomeSears) April 15, 2021
Marines know how to use guns and I won’t ever support a red flag law! The 2nd Amendment says “shall not be infringed!” #SemperFi
Always good to see my friends at Clark Brothers Guns. pic.twitter.com/nNXq4SjazT
While Republicans embraced the gun-totin' strong black woman, New York City liberals at "Saturday Night Live" attempted to spin a narrative of exactly the opposite of what was true.
During the Nov. 6 episode of "SNL," "Weekend Update" host Michael Che attempted to paint Republicans as fearful of the former Marine holding a gun.
Che based this opinion solely on skin color.
"Republican Winsome Sears, seen here attempting suicide-by-cop, was elected as Virginia's first black female lieutenant governor," Che said with a photo of Sears holding the firearm.
Che then attempted to make a joke as the progressive crowd laughed, "This is actually a win for Democrats because nothing will get Republicans to support gun control faster than this picture."
Wallace asked Sears if she found the joke funny, and the military veteran fired back at the comedian and the chortling crowd.
"Well, I did, because I thought, 'Well, I don't think he knows what he's saying,'" Sears remarked.
"And the fact that his audience thought it was quite hilarious was also very telling about their character.
"So, you know, it's a bunch of hypocrisy, but it's all right.
"I can handle it.
"I'm a big girl."