Winsome Sears isn’t who Democrats wanted to face in the race for Virginia lieutenant governor.
For one, it’s a nationally important race. Virginia is one of only two states to hold its statewide elections in off-years, making it a bellwether for the 2022 midterms. And with Virginia’s unique rule prohibiting the governor from running for consecutive terms, whoever becomes lieutenant governor is often promoted to governor in four years.
Then there’s just who Winsome Sears is.
She’s a Jamaican immigrant.
She’s a Marine.
In her official campaign photo, she’s holding an AR-15.
Liberals like Joe Biden can't stand 2 see a Black Conservative Marine (Oorah) w/ a well-maintained AR-15 & a full magazine of American Eagle XM193 ammunition. He is looking 4 any reason 2take away our guns. I'm Winsome Sears, leading the fight in Virginia. https://t.co/owN1oM9ZoG pic.twitter.com/UAInkEikww
— GPatrickRep (@GPatrickRep1) April 28, 2021
She’s blasting “critical race theory.”
And she’s the first black Republican woman ever elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, the oldest legislative body in the Western Hemisphere.
A black, female, immigrant. Who’s also a gun-toting Marine.
And she hopes to lead more minorities to the Republican party with her campaign.
“We understand what’s what and we’re not going to take it anymore. We are moving back to our roots,” Sears tells The Washington Times. “I just reminded our Republican Party that the very first Republican convention after the Civil War was held in Virginia in a Black church. In a Black church! Imagine that.
“So we value everything that everybody else values,” she tells the Times. “In fact, it’s not just Black people who are coming back to the Republican Party. It is Asians and Latinos, and I’m an immigrant so I understand that experience as well. We want freedom, we want liberty, we don’t want anyone to tell us what to do, either.”
That has liberals, who were planning to coast to a win with the “he’s a racist” playbook, freaking out.
“The use of that iconography and imagery is meant to inspire feelings of militancy and separation instead of bringing us together at a time of deep divisiveness, and that’s why I find it so objectionable,” wailed Democrat state delegate Dan Helmer, a white liberal male triggered by Sears’ official campaign photo in which she holds a rifle.
Sears put Helmer in his place.
“We are strong women. Black women own guns, and we’re not going to hide anymore,” Sears shot back. “If that’s not your thing then it’s not your thing, but it is a Second Amendment thing.”
Sears points out that while white liberal men like Helmer can’t handle the sight of a black woman with a gun, many young girls have asked Sears to autograph their copies of the photo.