In a night of news coverage devoted to the racial undertones of the Virginia gubernatorial election, MSNBC failed to devote any significant coverage to the election of Republican lieutenant governor candidate Winsome Sears, who became the first black woman elected to statewide office in Virginia history.
MSNBC’s main political panel of commentators Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid, and Nicolle Wallace, who argued throughout Tuesday night’s election coverage that Republicans ran a racist campaign in Virginia, did not mention Sears a single time as it watched returns come in. The 57-year-old Jamaican immigrant and Marine veteran ran at the top of the ticket with Republican gubernatorial candidate Glenn Youngkin and focused her campaign on the same issues, including fighting against critical race theory.
The first mention of Sears on MSNBC didn’t come until early Wednesday morning after her victory speech, which was not aired by the network. In the speech, Sears, joined by her black husband and their children, discussed her experience as a first-generation immigrant and making history as the first black woman elected to statewide office. “I’m telling you that what you are looking at is the American dream,” Sears told the crowd of supporters.
The black-out of Sears came as MSNBC commentators leaned in on the issue of race and how it turned the election for Republicans. Reid, who in the past has called black conservatives Uncle Toms, said Republicans ran a “racially focused” race that used education as “code” to racist white parents.
“Unfortunately, race is just the most palpable tool in the toolkit,” Reid said explaining how Republicans won in Virginia.
Reid’s assessment was echoed by guests such as political analyst Jason Johnson, who said Youngkin’s biggest challenge was hiding that he was a “fire-breathing horns-out-of-his-skull racist.” David Plouffe, a Democratic strategist who managed Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, said Youngkin’s focus on critical race theory was “flat out racist.”
Sears slammed critical race theory during her successful campaign for lieutenant governor. “It’s going to be detrimental to our schools and not what we want,” she said after she won the nomination in May. “It supposedly is to help someone who looks like me and I’m sick of it, I’m sick of being used by the Democrats and so are many people who look like me.”
Though Sears’s historic victory has been largely ignored by mainstream media outlets, other racial firsts are getting significant coverage. Featured on the Wednesday morning homepage of the New York Times is an article on the first Muslim woman ever elected to the New York City Council, and the homepage of the Washington Post is an article celebrating Boston for electing an Asian woman as mayor. Sears’s accomplishment in Virginia, a Southern state that was home to the former capital of the Confederacy, was featured on neither.
Following up on its race-focused coverage the night before, MSNBC contributor and former Democratic senator Claire McCaskill celebrated on Wednesday morning that her party was running a “smart and articulate” black candidate in Florida, an apparent reference to Democratic Senate candidate Val Demings.
The New York Times has argued that describing black candidates as “articulate,” like Joe Biden did to Barack Obama and Bernie Sanders did to Kamala Harris, is racist because it “sends a message that you think most black people are not.”
“When someone feels the need to point out that an individual black person has these qualities, it’s understandable that black people who hear this will infer that the speaker thinks this is unusual and that black people are usually the opposite,” the Times wrote.
Last night Winsome Sears became the highest-ranking minority woman government official in Virginia’s history.
Winsome Sears started chants of “USA! USA!…” following her victory in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
She then delivered an amazing and historic speech to the people of Virginia and America.
Lieutenant Governor-Elect Winsome Sears: “There are some who want to divide us and we must not let that happen. They would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came…In case you haven’t noticed, I am black, and I have been black all my life.”
Via Charles Payne.
Lieutenant Governor Elect Winsome Sears: "There are some who want to divide us and we must not let that happen. They would like us to believe we are back in 1963 when my father came…In case you haven’t noticed, I am black, and I have been black all my life." pic.twitter.com/NoJJc6qxBe
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) November 3, 2021
What an American story!
Don’t expect the fake news mainstream media to give this much play today.
CNN hacks have no way to interpret the red wave last night in Virginia other than to call it racism. It’s what they do.
Last night hosts on CNN had a meltdown and claimed the main reason for the Biden shellacking in Virginia was due to false racist comments made by the right.
Some of this was dog-whistle. Some of this was dog-whistle racism.
Total Meltdown At CNN pic.twitter.com/gYIx9VqL9i
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) November 3, 2021
This isn’t the first time CNN claimed Republicans were engaged in racism. Crazy kooks say this on CNN all the time.
Dom Lemon makes this his mission to call Republicans racists. (He doesn’t know the Democrats were the slave owners who voted against freedom for the slaves, created the KKK and voted against the Civil Rights Acts.)
CNN stopped being a joke some time ago. They are now simply pathetic.