After a second accuser came forward claiming that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax raped her, every democrat in America is calling for his resignation, and some have threatened to bring articles of impeachment against him if he doesn’t leave office by Monday.
While reading some of the social media posts concerning the threat of impeachment, this writer was shocked to see people bemoaning the fact the Fairfax is being threatened, while Northam and others have not.
But, the major difference between Fairfax and Northam is that Fairfax is actually charged with criminal activity. Donning blackface may crucify a person in using ‘social justice,’ but if the allegations are true against Fairfax, he committed legitimate, and repulsive crimes.
Del. Patrick Hope tweeted his plan to introduce articles of impeachment yesterday, hours after a second victim came forward.
For the impeachment to proceed, it will require approval of House GOP Speaker Kirk Cox, who seems more than ready to give the go-ahead.
“There are multiple, serious credible allegations of sexual assault against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax. I deeply respect the principle of due process and believe that the gravity of this situation demands prudence and deliberation, but the Lt. Governor has clearly lost the trust and confidence of the people of Virginia,” Cox said in a Saturday morning statement.
“His ability to serve has been permanently impaired and, at this point, it is in the best interests of the Commonwealth for him to resign,” he added.
“Fairfax has denied the claim made by a college classmate. She said Fairfax raped her in a ‘premeditated and aggressive attack’ while they were undergraduates at Duke University in 2000.”
“I deny this latest unsubstantiated allegation. It is demonstrably false. I have never forced myself on anyone ever,” Fairfax said in a statement released Friday. “I demand a full investigation into these unsubstantiated and false allegations. Such an investigation will confirm my account because I am telling the truth.”
“The allegations are the second to be brought against Fairfax this week. On Monday, he denied allegations made by Dr. Vanessa Tyson who claimed he sexually assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.
“Democrats called for investigation, not resignation, after Tyson came forward. But now that a second woman, Meredith Watson, has accused the Virginia lieutenant governor of rape, prominent Virginia and national Democrats are not holding back and are roundly calling on the 39-year-old politician to resign.
“He lost a major bloc of support Friday night when the Democratic members of the Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate issued a joint statement calling on him to step down.”
“Due to the serious nature of these allegations, we believe Lieutenant Governor Fairfax can no longer fulfill his duties to the Commonwealth,” the statement read. “He need to address this as a private citizen. The time has come for him to step down.”
And about an hour later, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus wrote that its members “believe it is best for Lt. Governor Fairfax to step down from his position.”
“While we believe that anyone accused of such a grievous and harmful act must receive the due process prescribed by the Constitution, we can’t see it in the best interest of the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Lieutenant Governor to remain in his role,” the group added.
“Late Friday night, both of Virginia’s powerful Democratic US senators — Tim Kaine and Mark Warner — called on Fairfax to resign in separate statements.
“US Rep. Bobby Scott, a Virginia Democrat who sources tell CNN was approached by initial Fairfax accuser Vanessa Tyson a year ago with her allegation of assault, said that if either allegation against Fairfax is true, he must resign.”
“The recent allegations against Lt Governor Fairfax are disturbing and extremely serious,” Scott tweeted. “Both allegations must be investigated immediately. If either is found to be true — and there appears to be significant corroborating evidence — then the Lt Governor should resign immediately.”
“Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe called for Fairfax to resign soon after Watson’s allegations surfaced, something he did not do after Tyson’s allegations were made public in a lengthy, detailed statement.”
“The allegations against Justin Fairfax are serious and credible,” McAuliffe said in a statement. “It is clear to me that he can no longer effectively serve the people of Virginia as Lieutenant Governor. I call for his immediate resignation.”
Watson, in a statement through her law firm Smith and Mullen, outlined the attack.
“Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession. Additionally, we have statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax had raped her,” the statement reads.
Dr. Tyson, a professor in California, released a lengthy statement earlier this week.
“What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault. Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch. Only then did I realize that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and taken out his penis. He then forced his penis into my mouth,” Tyson said in a statement.
Fairfax has vehemently denied that allegation and claimed God’s ‘armor’ would protect him.
— Melissa J. Hipolit (@MelissaCBS6) February 8, 2019
On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then.
— Patrick Hope (@HopeforVirginia) February 8, 2019
Every democrat 2020 presidential hopeful has also claimed that they believe the accusers and Fairfax must go.