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Virginia Lieutenant Governor and Justin Fairfax stunned lawmakers on Sunday with an impromptu speech lynching victims compare themselves to the late 19th and early 20th century, as he fights to stay in office amid sexual assault allegations.
“I rue not heard much about anti-lynching given on the floor of this very Senate, where the people were, due process, and we will,” Fairfax said from his podium in the Virginia State Senate, references to legislation the General Assembly passed deep regret to Express “the” for lynchings in Virginia between 1877 and 1950.
“And we’re talking about hundreds, at least 100 terror lynchings that happened in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the under these circumstances. And yet, here we are in a rush to judgment with nothing more than accusations and no facts, and we decide that we are willing to do the same,” Fairfax added. His remarks, which lasted about five minutes, were greeted with utter silence from state senators.
Fairfax, who is black, was accused of sexual assault of two women. One of them, Meredith Watson, accused Fairfax raped 19 years ago, while they were students at Duke University. The other Prosecutor, Vanessa Tyson, has maintained, Fairfax, forced her to have oral sex on him in a Boston hotel room during the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Tyson’s lawyer said last week that Tyson planned to meet with prosecutors in Massachusetts, to detail their allegations.
The Republicans hold in the state house of delegates announced last Friday, a public hearing, where Fairfax, Tyson, and Watson could testify, a move that Fairfax and some Democrats have panned as a political Trick. Watson requested a hearing in an opinion piece published by The Washington Post last week.
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Fairfax has indicated that he woud in the hearing, so that it testify is an open question whether the Republicans would try to force him to. Fairfax said that the allegations should be investigated by law enforcement authorities.
House of delegates majority Leader Todd Gilbert, a Republican, said Fairfax comments about lynchings that were highly inappropriate.
“This is one of the worst, most vile sort of rhetoric, he could have claimed,” said Gilbert. “It is absolutely talk to be appropriate for him to, due process, and we would want to give him every ounce, and he likes to use whenever he wants to.”
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Some black legislators did not object to Fairfax’s speech.
“He said what he wanted to say,” said Sen. Mamie Locke.
Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Chairman Del. Lamont Bagby, said that he heard similar rhetoric from his constituents, who have expressed concerns that Fairfax treated unfairly because of his race.
Gov. Ralph Northam and attorney General Mark Herring, both Democrats, and both in white, are mired in their own scandal, after the recognition, she wore blackface in the 1980s. Northam has terminate resisted widespread calls to and instead said he intended to devote his remaining years in office to address the state’s deep and persistent racial divisions.
The trio of scandals Virginia has suspended shaken politics and deep divides among Democrats.
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State Democrats fear expressed, that the indignation of the Governor of their chances on the takeover of the control of the GOP-dominated Virginia legislature this year, could pose a threat. The party made great gains in the year 2017, in part because of the backlash against President Donald Trump, and has moved to within striking distance of a majority in both houses.
At the same time, have taken Democrats across the country, a hard-line against misconduct in their own ranks; analysts have pointed out, to criticize that women and minorities are an important part of your base, and you want to be able to Trump behavior, without being hypocritical.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.