Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (R) compared himself to George Floyd and Emmett Till, a teenager lynched in the Jim Crow South, during the Democratic Governor of Virginia’s live primary debate on Tuesday night.
Responding to a question about how to tackle racism in the police after the police murder of Floyd in Minneapolis last May, Fairfax argued that his political rivals subjected him to the same racist denial of men blacks due process of which Floyd and Till died.
Two women accused Fairfax of sexual assault in February 2019, when Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (R) faced pressure to resign over revelations he had worn a black face three decades earlier .
Fairfax has consistently denied the assault allegations.
On Tuesday night, he went further, accusing his four rivals for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination of engaging in a racist rush to judgment. He picked former governor Terry McAuliffe (R), the frontrunner in the June 8 Democratic primary, for criticism.
“Everyone here on the scene called for my immediate resignation, including Terry McAuliffe, three minutes after a press release was issued,” Said Fairfax. “He treated me like George Floyd. He treated me like Emmett Till. No due process, I immediately assumed my guilt. “
“I have a son and a daughter,” added Fairfax. “I never want my daughter to be assaulted. I don’t want my son to be falsely accused.
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