Republican Winsome Sears, who had a lead of 50,000 votes in her bid to become the first black female lieutenant governor in Virginia, declared she would “die for America” in a fiery victory speech early Wednesday as supporters spray-painted pictures of her posing with a rifle on social media. ,
“When I joined the Marine Corps, I was still a Jamaican. But this country had done so much for me that I was willing, willing to die for this country, “Sears, a Navy veteran, told a noisy crowd in Chantilly, Va., Before leading them in a song about” USA . ”
“I’m telling you that what you’re looking at is the American dream,” said Sears, a mother of three daughters.
Her opponent, Democrat Hala Ayala, also a colored woman, has not yet admitted
“If you have not noticed, I’m black and I’ve been black all my life, but that’s not what it’s about,” said Sears, 57.
“What we need to do now is deal with the Commonwealth’s business,” she continued. “We have things to take care of. We want to fully fund our historically black colleges and universities. We want safer neighborhoods, safer communities, and our children will get a good education.”
Sears noted her historic performance for praying for racial unity
“There are some who want to share, but we must not let that happen,” she said. “We have had a black president elected not once, but twice, and here I am a living proof.”
She also spoke about the need for education, an issue Republican Glenn Youngkin drove to his stunning victory over Democrat Terry McAuliffe in Tuesday’s Virginia gubernatorial race.
“Education will lift us all out of poverty because we must have marketable skills so that our children can not only survive, but they will create generational wealth. That’s what it’s about, ”she said.
Supporters linked to photos of Sears with an assault weapon on social media on election day.
Sears, a staunch supporter of Second Amendment gun rights, also used an image of her with a rifle on her campaign ads.
“The battle was tested conservatively. Semper Fi,” the ad said. ,
Sears was asked to pose with the weapon in a post-victory speech interview.
“Here’s the thing. Harriet Tubman carried a gun, and if it was good enough for her, then it’s good enough for me. But here’s the other thing most people do not know, the laws on the confiscation of weapons were first opposed. “Black people, you see, and then we have the right to have weapons. That’s our second amendment, and we will not give them up,” she told 7 News ABC in Washington, DC.
Sears, who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica as a child, became the first black Republican to be elected to Virginia’s General Assembly and served in the House of Representatives for a period from 2002 to 2004.
She went on to become director of a Salvation Army homeless shelter and vice president of the Virginia Board of Education before returning to politics this year.
Sears was also the national president of black Americans to re-elect President Trump.
In an interview later Wednesday on “Fox & Friends,” Sears credited her “ragtag staff” for helping her secure the victory.
She said the campaign had little money and was used, “carved if you will.”
Republicans appear to be taking the top three spots in Virginia’s state government with the victories of Youngkin and Sears, as well as Jason Miyares, who has a narrow lead over incumbent Mark Herring as Attorney General.