The panel on “The Five” discussed the media claim that a majority of voters in Virginia voted not for Glenn Youngkin, Winsome Sears and Jason Miyares, but rather for white supremacy – tearing pundits apart for having ignored the fact that the two outgoing Democrats in Richmond were previously accused of dressing in blackface and a third was charged with sexual misconduct.
MSNBC hosts Tiffany Cross and Joy Reid criticized the GOP ticket in remarks after his victory, with Cross saying the election was “about a good chunk of voters agreeing with white supremacy “.
“Stoking that kind of soft white nationalism ultimately leads to some hardcore stuff,” Reid said separately.
On “The Five,” host Dana Perino remarked that comments from left-wing media pundits were ludicrous.
“If the election of a black woman to the post of lieutenant governor in Virginia is a drug of access to white supremacy, it is absurd,” she said.
Sears, who recounted her trip from Jamaica to the United States and then to the Marine Corps in her victory speech, will be the first black woman from the Old Dominion elected to a statewide post.
Perino said the media should instead focus on Sears in a more balanced way, noting that if she was a Democrat she would be treated very differently.
“In mentoring circles, there’s a saying, ‘You gotta see her like her.’ When you’re a little girl, it’s good to be exposed to different female executives: you think of all the young black girls looking at Winsome Sears and saying “that’s another thing I can aspire to” “, a- she declared.
Perino also highlighted Miyares, a state delegate from Virginia Beach who will become the state’s first Cuban-American attorney general.
“Winner Sears and [Miyares] replace Democrats accused of sexual abuse and blackface, ”she said.
In 2019, shortly after the release of a yearbook photo purporting to show limited-time Governor Ralph Northam wearing a blackface or Ku Klux Klan robe, Commonwealth Attorney General Mark Herring, publicly admitted to wearing blackface.
In a statement, Herring admitted to dressing in “brown makeup” when he was a student in 1980 in an attempt to look like rapper Kurtis Blow. Herring apologized, saying he “did not appreciate the experiences and perspectives of others” at the time.
WINSOME SEARS CHALLENGES MSNBC’S REID
Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who was not on the ballot due to term limitation, forcefully denied a 2004 misconduct complaint, when it surfaced on a political blog in 2019.
“Lieutenant Governor Fairfax has an exceptional and well-deserved reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” the statement from his office read. “He never assaulted anyone – ever – in any way, in any form.”
Responding to the “white nationalist” allegations, Sears told Fox News earlier this week that she challenged Reid to invite her on her show to discuss the issue.
“Let’s see if she’s a woman enough,” Sears said. “I’m destroying all race narratives – look at me: I’m a heartbeat from the Governor in case something happens to the Governor – how are you going to tell me I’m a victim?”
On “The Five,” Judge Jeanine Pirro compared the attacks on Sears to those on Republican Los Angeles talk show host Larry Elder in his unsuccessful bid for governor of California.
Elder had been called the “black face of white supremacy” by a Newsom rally speaker and Los Angeles Times columnist – a claim he repeatedly denounced and refuted.
Later, host Greg Gutfeld said Reid couldn’t invite Sears into his show because it would ruin his own narrative:
“She has to pretend she doesn’t exist… to protect their false white supremacist narrative,” he said.
Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.