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PoliticsVirginia's Fairfax compares himself to lynching victims

22:55  24 february  2019
22:55  24 february  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Justin E. Fairfax , the lieutenant governor of Virginia , gave an unplanned speech Sunday to the State Senate, likening accusations against him to a “political lynching .”Credit Steve Helber/Associated Press.

— Embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax compared himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims in a surprise speech Sunday, as he resists Fairfax strongly defended himself and lashed out at his critics from his rostrum in the state Senate as the 2019 legislative session was coming to a close.

Virginia's Fairfax compares himself to lynching victims © The Associated Press Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax presides over the end of the 2019 Senate session at the Capitol in Richmond, Va., Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019. Fairfax delivered an impassioned speech and said "If we go backwards and we rush to judgment and we allow for political lynchings without any due process, any facts, any evidence being heard, then I think we do a disservice to this very body in which we all serve." (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

RICHMOND, Va. — Embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is compared himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims as he resists widespread calls to resign, prompted by allegations of sexual assault.

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RICHMOND, Va . (AP) — Embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax compared himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims in a surprise speech Sunday, as he resists widespread calls to resign prompted by allegations of sexual assault. Fairfax strongly defended himself and lashed out at his critics from

Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax stunned lawmakers Sunday with an impromptu speech comparing himself to lynching victims from the late-19th and early 20th centuries as he fights to remain in office amid sexual assault allegations.

In a surprise speech Sunday in the state Senate at end of the 2019 legislative session, Fairfax denied the allegations and said the truth is on his side.

He mentioned legislation that the General Assembly passed expressing "profound regret" for lynchings in Virginia between 1877 and 1950. Fairfax, who is black, said his opponents were "willing to do the same thing."

Fairfax has been accused by two women of sexual assault. Both of the alleged victims are African American.

He has opposed an effort by House Republicans to hold a hearing on the allegations, saying the matter should be investigated by law enforcement.

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