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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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Lt. Gov. Justin E. Fairfax of Virginia , who has been accused of sexual assault by two women and is facing calls to resign, compared himself to lynching victims in an unplanned speech before the State Senate on Sunday and said he was “standing firm in the truth.”.

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.

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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— 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.

— Embattled Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax compared himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims in a surprise speech Sunday, as he resists widespread “And we talk about hundreds, at least 100 terror lynchings that have happened in the Commonwealth of Virginia under those very same auspices.

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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Blackface, sexual assault scandals don’t appear to have tarnished Virginia’s image.
State business and civic leaders are relieved the negative publicity was short-lived and pressure has eased.

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