Conservatives are lashing back at liberal media rebuking Virginia election results as racist, noting Lt. Gov.-elect Winsome Sears is getting overlooked as the first Black woman elected to statewide office in Virginia.
"There are some who want to divide us and we must not let that happen," Sears said during her celebratory speech after midnight early Wednesday morning, which aired live on Newsmax. "They would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came.
"We can live where we want. We can eat where we want. We own the water fountains. We have had a Black president elected not once, but twice, and here I am: living proof.
"In case you haven't noticed, I am Black, and I have been Black all my life, but that's not what this is about."
Sears is an immigrant, a U.S. Marine, and a Second Amendment supporter who is seen holding a semi-automatic rifle in photos widely shared on social media.
"I'm telling you that what you are looking at is the American dream," her speech began at Virginia GOP Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin's joint campaign celebration.
"When I joined the Marine Corps, I was still a Jamaican, but this country had done so much for me, I was willing, willing to die for this country," Sears told the crowd, starting a chant of "U.S.A."
Sears shared an inspirational, conservative message not just from her past, but for the future in Virginia.
"What we are going to do is we're going to be about the business of the commonwealth," she said. "We have things to tend to. We are going to fully fund our historically Black colleges and universities."
She added the Virginia GOP agenda will focus on the pillars of modern-day conservatism, including lower taxes, public safety, education, and wealth creation, lifting the poor out of poverty with opportunity and not handouts.
"You're going to hear from your Gov.-elect Glenn Youngkin and he's got a day one plan that I'm already tired about; don't know how we're going to make it to day two," Sears joked. "But he's going to make sure we keep more of our money in our pockets, because he's going to get rid of all kinds of taxes.
"We're going to have safer neighborhoods, safer communities, and our children are going to get a good education, because education lifted my father out of poverty. Education lifted me out of poverty. Education will lift us all out of poverty because we must have marketable skills so that our children can not just survive, but they will thrive, and they will create generational wealth – that's what this is about."
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