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Justin Edward Fairfax (born February 17, 1979) is an American attorney and politician serving as the 41st Lieutenant Governor of Virginia since 2018. A Democrat, he defeated Republican nominee state senator Jill Vogel in the 2017 general election. He is the second African American elected statewide in Virginia, following Douglas Wilder, who was elected Governor in 1989.

Crooks and Liars

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So Laura Ingraham doesn't have the advertisers she once did because she is a terrible person.

So she's gotta earn her keep somehow and her method appears to be "lie harder."

It was Smollett who crashed in and took the focus off Virginia governor Ralph ‘Blackface’ Northam, and his lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, who’s accused by two women of sexual abuse. Boy, that Virginia story faded fast, didn’t it? And now the Smollett anti-Trump drama has blown up, the media has jumped on the story of that whack-job Coast Guard lieutenant who wanted to murder Democrat politicians…This is so predictable, it’s almost boring.

You know who ISN'T "almost" boring? Laura Ingraham.

A reminder that Fox News was 24/7 Smollett on Thursday.

PS. Sources say Laura also hosted Alan Dershowitz last night (to talk about Smollett, surprise!) and didn't ask him about his CLIENT Jeffrey Epstein. Sad!

I Love My Freedom

Published  1 week ago

Sen. Bernie Sanders called anti-Semitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), on the phone to offer his support after she voiced her anti-Semitic and anti-Israel comments. Sanders, who was born Jewish, reportedly said that "We will stand by our

The Washington Times

Published  1 week ago

It took just a fortnight for the Democratic Party to reveal to the American people just who they are and what they stand for.

quodverum

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Recent events indicate that President Donald J. Trump’s praetorian guard have been at work. As Rex explains, patriots should be grateful. And the enemies of the Republic, terrified.

Washington Examiner

Published  1 week ago

Social media giant Facebook, which demanded that a Mississippi Republican Senate candidate return a $2,500 donation after making racially tinged remarks, has remained silent about seeking a refund from two top Virginia Democratic leaders mired in a blackface scandal.

Facebook, which has given Virginia Democrats four times as much money as it has given Republicans, has been quiet on the scandal gripping Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring, two white politicians who’ve admitted to appearing in blackface, generally seen as a racist act.

According to donor records, Facebook contributed $25,000 to Northam’s 2018 Inaugural committee and $5,000 to Herring in 2013.

The company also has been quiet about the $10,000 given to Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s 2018 Inaugural committee. Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault by two women.

State political and African-American leaders have called on the lawmakers to resign. However, all three appear to be staying. They have apologized.

An email to Facebook requesting information was not immediately answered.

In the case of Mississippi’s Cindy Hyde-Smith, Facebook and several other contributors demanded their donations back after a video surfaced showing her joking about how she would sit in "the front row" of a public hanging.

She offered an apology to “anyone that was offended” by her hanging remark that threatened, but did not derail her election the Senate last year.

In a story about those seeking refunds from her at the time, the Examiner ’s Daniel Chaitin wrote, “The social media company gave $2,500 to Hyde-Smith in September, but asked for its money back late Monday. ‘The recent public comments made by Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith do not reflect the values or mission of Facebook,’ a Facebook representative said, according to the Washington Post. ‘Our PAC contribution was made before these comments were made, and we have asked the Hyde-Smith campaign to return our campaign donation.’”

Breitbart

Published  1 week ago

Since Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in nearly a decade, the Democrats have been riding high.

The Washington Times

Published  1 week ago

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad:

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 week ago

What a month!

In just two weeks the Democrat Party has allowed blackface, KKK, an alleged rapist and open anti-Semite into positions of power.

Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam was caught in blackface-KKK photos from his college yearbook. This was after he promoted infanticide.

In response, he announced on Sunday he would be the moral compass of the Democrat Party.

The following week Virginia Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring also announced he posed in blackface at a college party. This was after he criticized the governor for appearing in blackface.

At around the same time the Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assault and rape — by two different women.

And then on Sunday open anti-Semite Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar lashed out a billionaire Jews in an anti-Semitic tirade.

The Virginia Governor Northam, Lt. Governor Fairfax, Attorney General Herring and liberal Rep. Ilhan Omar ALL RETAIN positions of power inside the Democrat Party.

NOT ONE of these offensive characters have been removed from power!

Who would have thought that in just two weeks @TheDemocrats would allow Blackface, KKK, Rapists and Anti-Semites into their ranks and into positions of power! Nice work, Democrats! https://t.co/vzx1HZNMow

— Jim Hoft (@gatewaypundit) February 11, 2019

I Love My Freedom

Published  1 week ago

Remember when Kavanaugh was brutally attacked by almost every Democratic Senator when he was falsely accused of sexual assault? Almost every Democrat in Washington, with no hard evidence, was willing to believe a baseless allegation against Brett Kavanagh. These same Democrats seem to have nothing to say about the recent sexual assault allegations against Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Let’s also not forget about the “Believe all Women” movement that started in response to the Kavanaugh accusation. Democrats from all over America made it clear that we had to believe every woman’s sexual assault allegation, no matter how insane it was. So the same standard applies to Justin Fairfax, right? I guess not.

Check out what happened when the Daily Caller asked Diane Feinstein about the situation:

California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and helped Kavanaugh’s accuser hire a legal team, told TheDCNF, “I don’t know Justin Fairfax.” When asked if the two should be compared she said, “No,” adding, “It’s really up to people in the area.”

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Seriously? This is the same woman who took Christine Ford, the Kavanaugh accuser, under her wing and did anything and everything to destroy Kavanaugh’s life. Feinstein’s lack of action strongly shows that she doesn’t care about sexual assault allegations unless they are made against a Republican.

Feinstein wasn’t the only one who was confronted by the Daily Caller:

Other senators who were against Kavanaugh’s confirmation said they do not see the comparison between a lieutenant governor and a Supreme Court Justice, despite the allegations.

“I don’t know how you can apply to somebody that’s in office now with somebody who is trying to get a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court. What I said though is consistent that accusers like that need to be heard, they need to be listened to, and those grievances need to be aired and something needs to be acted on in one way or another. That’s it,” Alabama Democratic Sen. Doug Jones said to TheDCNF.

How pathetic! It’s pretty concerning that Doug Jones thinks that we should hold a different standard for Fairfax because he isn’t a potential Supreme Court Justice. Shouldn’t sexual assault be treated equally no matter who is blamed?

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It gets worse. When Senator Bernie Sanders was asked about Justin Fairfax, he pretended to be on a phone call to avoid the question. Don’t believe me? Watch the video below.

Bernie is back and and this time he is taking fake phone calls to dodge questions about if he believes Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax’s accuser… WATCH THIS: pic.twitter.com/y6n83qPKit

— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) February 5, 2019

During the Kavanaugh confirmation process, Sanders said “I listened to Dr. Ford, and I listened to Judge Kavanaugh. I believe Dr. Ford. Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the Supreme Court.” So why isn’t Sanders open to listening to the facts presented in the Fairfax case? Does he only care about sexual assault allegations that involve Republicans?

The recent sexual assault scandal involving Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has brought out the Democrats’ true colors. The same people who viciously attacked Justice Kavanaugh over a weak allegation, seem to have nothing to say about the Fairfax allegations.

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Fox News

Published  1 week ago

(AP Photo/Donna McWilliam)

Hundreds of leaders and volunteers within Southern Baptist churches across the nation have been accused of sexual misconduct against young churchgoers for decades - many of them quietly returning to church roles even after being convicted for sex crimes.

A bombshell investigation by the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News found that over the last 20 years, about 380 Southern Baptist church leaders and volunteers have faced credible accusations of sexual misconduct. Of those, roughly 220 were convicted of sex crimes or received plea deals, in cases involving more than 700 victims in all, the report found. Many accusers were young men and women, who allegedly experienced everything from exposure to pornography to rape and impregnation at the hands of church members.

The newspapers reported that the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) largely treated the accusations as isolated issues, and took on an "out of sight, out of mind" mentality, even amid growing pressures to create a registry so the accusations wouldn't disappear as alleged perpetrators moved from city to city. The Chronicle and Express-News created a database of convicted sexual abusers with documented connections to the SBC.

The investigation took over six months and involved the cross-examination of hundreds of allegations corroborated by court documents and prison records. The results were startling and reiterated how allegations of sexual misconduct aren't limited to just the Catholic church.

VIRGINIA LT. GOV. JUSTIN FAIRFAX AGAIN DENIES SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS, SAYS ENCOUNTERS WERE 'CONSENSUAL'

Many accusers said their experiences of sexual assault at the hands of church officials they trusted changed their lives forever. Debbie Vasquez said she was 14 years old when her pastor at a rural Southern Baptist church in Texas first molested her. She said the married pastor continued to assault her for years, including impregnating her when she was 18.

Years later, in 2006, she sued the pastor, Dale "Dickie" Amyx, and the church. Amyx reportedly admitted in a deposition he had sex with her when she was a teenager and was the father of her child, but claimed their sex was consensual. He was not charged with a crime. As of 2016, he is still listed as the pastor of that church.

Attempts to reach the Texas church for comment were unsuccessful.

In 2008, Vasquez went to Indianapolis to share her story and plead with officials at the Southern Baptist Convention to implement changes at their estimated 47,000 churches to help prevent future sexual assaults. Days later, they reportedly rejected almost every proposed reform, and the alleged abuse continued.

Some accusers have said they felt the reputation of the SBC was prioritized ahead of their own rights to justice.

"Local church autonomy" is a term frequently used whenever reforms have been proposed, according to the report. The Southern Baptist Convention's governing bodies reportedly have viewed each place of worship as its own entity ideally capable of self-governing.

The argument in favor of autonomy, however, is used as a crutch to avoid wide-scale policing of criminal activity, according to Rev. Thomas Doyle, a former high-ranking lawyer for the Catholic church who called out sexual misconduct there in the 1980s. Around 2007, he wrote to SBC leaders asserting that he saw a similar pattern emerging within their congregations.

"I understand the fear, because it's going to make the leadership look bad," Doyle said about pursuing allegations. "Well, they are bad, and they should look bad. Because they have ignored this issue. They have demonized the victims," he continued.

The current president of the Southern Baptist Convention, J.D. Greear, had strong words about the pervasive allegations, which stretch back decades.

"The Bible calls for pastors to be people of integrity, known for their self-control and kindness," he told the Chronicle. "A convicted sex offender would certainly not meet those qualifications. Churches that ignore that are out of line with both Scripture and Baptist principles of cooperation."

"Change has to begin at the ground level with churches and organizations," he continued. "Our churches must start standing together with a commitment to take this issue much more seriously than ever before."

Conservative News Today

Published  1 week ago

Henry Rodgers, DCNF

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dodged questions Friday about the sexual assault allegations that have emerged against Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, after the New York Democrat previously protested Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Ocasio-Cortez invited a sexual assault survivor, who made news after protesting Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The representative said she has not looked into the allegations against Fairfax in a hallway interview on Capitol Hill.

“I have not looked at all into the situation,” Ocasio-Cortez said when asked if she believed Fairfax’s accuser.

This comes as five Democratic senators who condemned Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct allegations refused to acknowledge the allegations against Fairfax when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation Thursday. The senators all dodged the question or acted like they had not heard about it when asked if the same standard should be applied to Fairfax as it was applied to Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings in 2018.

Fairfax was hit with his second allegation of sexual misconduct Friday afternoon.

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Fox News

Published  1 week ago

No matter what comes of the racial scandals involving Virginia’s Democratic governor and attorney general – and of allegations of sexual assault against the Democratic lieutenant governor – we know this: Democratic claims to be the champions of women and minorities have been exposed as a blatant lie.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia Democrat assemblyman Patrick Hope called on Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax to resign by Monday.

Democrats no longer believe in the rule of law and due process. If a man is accused of a crime he should resign immediately… ESPECIALLY if he is a black Lt. Governor.

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

But the white guys in blackface get to stay.

Somethings never change.

True Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

A number of Democrats who called for further investigations into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh refused to answer questions about sexual assault allegations that have emerged against Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax. Fairfax has been accused of forced oral sex. Democrats do not see a comparison between the accusations.  Democratic senators who condemned Supreme Court Justice…

Rantt

Published  2 weeks ago

Democrats probe Trump's corruption, Nancy Pelosi claps back at the State of the Union, Jeff Bezos makes a consequential accusation, and more in week 107.

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

We are reaching a turning point that will forever determine our future -- how we live our lives and how our children will live theirs. The gap between the ever-widening left and right has never been wider, and yet amazingly it continues to widen. 

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax was hit with a new allegation of sexual assault on Friday afternoon, just days after the embattled Democrat was accused of sexually assaulting a separate woman in 2004.

Meridith Watson was “raped” by Justin Fairfax in 2000 “while they were both students at Duke University,” Smith Mullin P.C., legal counsel representing Watson, alleged in a Friday news release.

“Mr. Fairfax’s attack was premeditated and aggressive,” the release went on to claim. “The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship.

“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.”

This is a breaking story. Please check back for updates.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

A second woman has come forward with an allegation of sexual assault against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA), claiming the embattled Virginia Democrat raped her while they were in college in 2000.

In a statement through her lawyer, the accuser, Meredith Watson said she confided in classmates about the alleged incident immediately after it occurred, and shared her account with others in emails and Facebook messages. According to Watson, while she and Fairfax were friends at Duke University, the two had not dated or been intimate prior to the alleged incident. “At this time, Ms. Watson is reluctantly coming forward out of a strong sense of civic duty and her belief that those seeking or serving in public office should be of the highest character,” Watson’s lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, said Friday. “She has no interest in becoming a media personality or reliving the trauma that has greatly affected her life. Similarly, she is not seeking any financial damages.”

NEW: Another woman comes forward to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault, this time in 2000 > pic.twitter.com/NHNiYx8mLV

— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) February 8, 2019

Watson is calling on Fairfax to resign.

In a statement to the Washington Post, Fairfax spokesperson Lauren Burke said: “[W]e’re calling for an investigation on all of these matters.”

On Wednesday, Fairfax’s first accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, went public with her allegation, claiming the Lt. governor sexually assaulted her during the 2004 Democrat National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

“With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight,” Tyson, a professor from California, said in a statement through her law firm Katz Marshall & Banks. “It has been extremely difficult to relive that traumatic experience from 2004. Mr. Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation. Given his false assertions, I’m compelled to make clear what happened.”

Tyson alleges Fairfax turned “consensual kissing” into a “sexual assault,” adding that he forced her to “perform oral sex on him” even as she cried and attempted to pull her head away from his genitals.

The Virginia Democrat denied any wrongdoing, claiming there encounter was consensual.

In a previous statement, Fairfax said of the allegation that he “has never assaulted anyone – ever – in any way, shape or form.”

“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” the Monday statement read. “This is part of the sad and dark politics that the Lt. Governor has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above,” the statement continued.

He also warned he would take “appropriate legal action against those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation.”

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Meridith Watson accuses Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of rape.

Ms. Watson’s attorney fired off a letter on Friday to the embattled Virginia Attorney General.

The woman, Meredith Watson, claims she was raped by Fairfax in 2000 while they were students at Duke University.

This is DEVASTATING!

Ms. Watson is the second woman in the past week to accuse Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

Accuser Meridith Watson was upset to hear that Fairfax raped at least one of the woman after he attacked her.

Another accuser has just come forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax of raping her in college pic.twitter.com/8HSBT3rq4B

— Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) February 8, 2019

He’s done.

An attorney for Meredith Watson alleges that Fairfax raped her in 2000 while they were both students at Duke University. (@axios) https://t.co/lP8IaUOtSj

— Devin Zapka (@DevinZapka) February 8, 2019

dailycaller

Published  2 weeks ago

A second woman has come forward and accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

“We serve as counsel for Meredith Watson, who was raped by Justin Fairfax in 2000, while they were both students at Duke University. Mr. Fairfax’s attack was premeditated and aggressive. The two were friends but never dated or had any romantic relationship,” the press release reads in part.

Earlier this week, Dr. Vanessa Tyson, a fellow at Stanford University, came forward and alleged that he forced her to perform oral sex on him. The two of them met at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. (RELATED: Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine Will Wait On Fairfax Accuser To Step Forward Before Considering Charge)

NBC News

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia Democrats called on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax to resign on Saturday after a second woman accused the political rising star of sexual assault, a revelation that came after the party's other two top Democrats admitted to wearing blackface in their youth.

On Saturday night, Fairfax released a statement saying the past week had been "devastating" for not only his family but for the state of Virginia. He reiterated that his past encounters with accusers Meredith Watson and Vanessa Tyson were consensual.

"The one thing I want to make abundantly clear is that in both situations I knew at the time, and I know today, that the interactions were consensual," Fairfax said.

Fairfax claimed he spoke with both women after the time the alleged the assaults occurred and said neither indicated that his interactions had "caused her any discomfort." He called on the FBI and other "appropriate and impartial investigatory authorities," to look into the allegations.

"I am asking that no one rush to judgment and I am asking for there to be space in this moment for due process," Fairfax said.

But amid his calls that "no one rush to judgement," the state party said on Saturday that Fairfax should step down.

The state chairwoman, Susan Swecker, said that the allegations of sexual assault needed be taken seriously. Because of the accusers' credibility, Swecker said Fairfax could "no longer fulfill the duties and responsibilities of his post."

"While the Lieutenant Governor deserves due process in this matter, it is in the best interest of the Commonwealth that he goes through this process as a private citizen," she said in a statement. "The Lieutenant Governor no longer has our confidence or support. He must resign."

The Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association on Saturday replaced Fairfax as chairman of the organization.

Once considered to have a bright future in the Democratic Party, Fairfax stands accused of sexual assault by two women. He has denied both allegations.

Watson said in a statement from her lawyer Friday that the lieutenant governor raped her while they were both students at Duke University in 2000. The lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, described the attack as "premeditated and aggressive."

"Ms. Watson shared her account of the rape with friends in a series of emails and Facebook messages that are now in our possession," Smith said in the statement. "Additionally, we have statements from former classmates corroborating that Ms. Watson immediately told friends that Mr. Fairfax had raped her."

He called the accusation "demonstrably false" and called for an investigation.

"I will clear my good name and I have nothing to hide," the lieutenant governor said. "I have passed two full, field background checks by the FBI and run for office in two highly contested elections with nothing like this being raised before. It is obvious that a vicious and coordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me. I will not resign.”

Fairfax also denied an accusation made by Tyson, a college professor, that he forced her to perform oral sex while they were both at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004.

Whatever his decision — stay or resign — Fairfax has lost the support of party leaders from the state, as well as many 2020 Democratic presidential contenders.

The list includes former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Sens. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kamala Harris of California and Kristen Gillibrand of New York.

"Lieutenant Governor Fairfax should resign. The allegations against him detail atrocious crimes, and he can no longer effectively serve the Commonwealth," said Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va. "We cannot ever ignore or tolerate sexual assault."

Chicks On The Right — Young Conservatives

Published  2 weeks ago

While some national Democrats have called on Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, many national Democrats have been doing everything they can to avoid commenting on the imploding Democratic scandal in Virginia.

This of course was a marked difference from how they approached the uncorroborated allegations against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Then they had no problem commenting, saying that Kavanaugh should withdraw, not be confirmed or have an FBI investigation.

And now with a second woman coming out and accusing Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax of rape, America Rising tried to track down Democrats in Washington, D.C. to get them on record.

The most notable person that they cornered was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).

She, like others, refused to stop to answer the questions and kept running, saying, “Haven’t looked at all into the situation,” despite being a national story for a week.

“As Special Counsel, Brett Kavanaugh proposed a series of totally inappropriate + sexually explicit questions about Monica Lewinsky,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted the day after the Kavanaugh allegations surfaced. “Today he stands accused of sexual assault. How could any Senator allow his nomination to proceed without investigation?”

Other Democrats that America Rising confronted included Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ted Deutch (D-FL), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Ted Lieu (D-CA), Lucy McBath (D-GA), Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), and Cedric Richmond (D-LA).

All of them either ignored the question or said they didn’t know anything.

To be fair, Ocasio-Cortez is likely still working on the question of how to use rail to eliminate the need for air travel.

Lawyers for the second accuser, Meredith Watson, said they had evidence that Watson had told people immediately about the rape in 2000.

Dr. Vanessa Tyson, the first accuser, claimed that Fairfax had forced her to perform oral sex.

Fairfax is denying both allegations and refusing to resign.

Big League Politics

Published  2 weeks ago

A Washington Post reporter personally squashed Dr. Vanessa Tyson’s sexual assault claim against Virginia’s Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, according to another reporter within the organization.

Big League Politics spoke to WaPo reporter Fenit Nirappil, who covers local politics for the Jeff-Bezos-owned paper. When asked who specifically spiked the story about Tyson’s allegations, brought to the paper in late 2017, Nirappil said the following:

“I would just, like, look at the original story and who wrote it.”

By the “original story,” Nirappil confirmed that he was talking about a Feb. 4 story written by Theresa Vargas, titled “Va. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denies sex assault allegation from 2004.”

“Yeah,” Nirappil replied when asked directly if he was talking about Vargas’ story.

In her Monday story, Vargas, who describes herself as a “columnist” at the paper, said that WaPo did not publish Tyson’s claim because the claims were “uncorroborated.” Fairfax had claimed that the paper squashed the story because of “red flags” and inconsistencies.”

“Fairfax and the woman told different versions of what happened in the hotel room with no one else present. The Post could not find anyone who could corroborate either version,” the piece said. “The Post did not find ‘significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,’ as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said.”

The necessity for corroborating evidence of such claims appears to be a new standard for the The Post, who provided wall-to-wall coverage of uncorroborated claims of sexual misconduct made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, a Republican, in September.

The paper simply let Tyson’s allegations fade away into the darkness, where democracy dies.

When asked whether WaPo ever went to authorities with Tyson’s claims, Nirappil explained that that is not standard procedure for reporters, which is reasonable.

Big League Politics reached out to Vargas, but received no response to the specific question of whether or not she was on the team responsible for squashing the story.

Big League Politics

Published  2 weeks ago

UPDATE: Justin Fairfax refuses to quit, even after former Virginia Democrat governor Terry McAuliffe called for his immediate resignation.

Fairfax cites his passing of FBI background checks, which is one of the same explanations that Brett Kavanaugh’s supporters used to defend the baselessly accused Republican-nominated Supreme Court justice. Here is Fairfax’s statement following the second accuser coming forward:

“I will not resign,” responds @LGJustinFairfax, denying second accusation. pic.twitter.com/aAmkdP0h4N

Justin Fairfax is now accused of rape by a classmate during his time at Duke University, according to her lawyers. This is the second allegation of sexual assault levied against the Virginia Democrat lieutenant governor, following Dr. Vanessa Tyson’s claim that Fairfax sexually assaulted her by forcing her to perform fellatio in a hotel room at the Democratic National Convention in Boston in 2004. Tyson has made it clear that she is willing to cooperate in an investigation of Fairfax, according to a source cited by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Evergreen Partners confirmed to Big League Politics that the firm is representing Meredith Watson.

Here is the statement from Mz. Watson’s attorneys.

Here is a yearbook photo of Fairfax at Duke University.

dailycaller

Published  2 weeks ago

New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dodged questions Friday about the sexual assault allegations that have emerged against Virginia Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, after she previously protested Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Ocasio-Cortez invited a sexual assault survivor, who made news after protesting Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address Tuesday. The New York representative said she has not looked into the allegations against Fairfax in a hallway interview on Capitol Hill.

“I have not looked at all into the situation,” Ocasio-Cortez said when asked if she believed Fairfax’s accuser.

.@AOC asked about #JustinFairfax allegations in VA. Response: “Haven’t Look At All Into The Situation” pic.twitter.com/pQF0uhe5nd

— Sarah Dolan (@sarahedolan) February 8, 2019

This comes as five Democratic senators who condemned Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct allegations refused to acknowledge the allegations against Fairfax when asked by The Daily Caller News Foundation Thursday. The senators all dodged the question or acted like they had not heard about it when asked if the same standard should be applied to Fairfax as it was applied to Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings in 2018. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: Senators Who Condemned Kavanaugh Refused To Denounce Fairfax)

Fairfax was hit with his second allegation of sexual misconduct Friday afternoon.

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Mail Online

Published  2 weeks ago

Meredith Watson has accused Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in 2000 - when they were both students at Duke University, her attorney said Friday.

Sean Hannity

Published  2 weeks ago

The woman who accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual abuse released a full statement regarding the allegations Wednesday; saying she was forced to engage in sexual acts during the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Read the full statement below:

Statement of Dr. Vanessa Tyson by on Scribd

Rantt

Published  2 weeks ago

After two years of watching Devin Nunes act as President Trump’s obstructive arm in the House, Chairman Adam Schiff has arrived.

Rantt Rundown, Day 748 of Trump’s presidency – Today’s top stories:

1. Finally, the House investigation we deserve: From his false FISA surveillance scandal to his effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Devin Nunes and House Republicans helped President Trump undermine Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. As chairman of the powerful House Intelligence Committee, Nunes prematurely shut down the House’s Russia investigation, refused to release testimony, and ultimately aided President Trump’s coverup. Those days are over. The midterms delivered Democrats the majority in the House, and with that win came vast power. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff is not wasting any time.

Schiff is reopening the House’s Russia investigation with a scope that covers every facet of Trump’s corrupt behavior, which will likely include a look at the evidence of Trump’s potential money laundering for Russian oligarchs. Schiff is also probing Trump’s finances for ties to foreign entities that may be influencing his policy. This goes beyond Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and into the scope of a global corruption investigation that seeks to determine whether nations like Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and others have successfully influenced President Trump. The House Intelligence Committee has also handed Mueller over 50 transcripts of interviews from the last two years of their Russia investigation, which puts anyone who lied to Congress under immense scrutiny. This development, on top of the recent New York subpoenas seeking whether foreign entities illegally funneled money into Trump’s inaugural committee, should strike fear into Donald Trump.

2. The State of the Union: On Tuesday night, President Trump delivered a State of the Union address calling for unity, and then immediately undercut that message by fear-mongering about immigrants. One of the most notable moments was when President Trump addressed the historic wave of newly elected female candidates, which led to the freshmen Democratic Representatives, all dressed in white, to celebrate. But surely, the moment that won the night, was Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s clapback of the century.

3. Virginia gubernatorial mess update: After admitting to wearing blackface, Governor Ralph Northam continued to refuse to resign even after losing support from the entire Democratic Party. By Saturday morning, several prominent Democrats also called for his resignation, including presidential candidates Kamala Harris, Julian Castro, and Kirsten Gillibrand. Other big names like Joe Biden had chimed in as well. By the end of the day Saturday, Northam’s own Attorney General called for his resignation as well as his key allies Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Terry McAuliffe. On Monday, there was an entirely new scandal arising as a woman came forward with a sexual assault allegation against Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax. And on Tuesday, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted to wearing blackface in his youth as well. None have resigned so far, but all eyes are still on Virginia.

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Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Dr. Vanessa Tyson, the woman accusing Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) of sexual assault, broke her silence Wednesday afternoon about the purported incident.

Tyson, through her law firm, Katz Marshall & Banks, released a lengthy statement detailing her allegation against the embattled Virginia Democrat.

“With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight,” Tyson said. “It has been extremely difficult to relive that traumatic experience from 2004. Mr. Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation. Given his false assertions, I’m compelled to make clear what happened.”

Tyson, a professor from California, said what began as “consensual kissing” turned into a “sexual assault,” adding that Fairfax forced her to “perform oral sex on him.”

Statement of Dr. Vanessa Tyson, who has accused Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault in 2004:

“What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault.” pic.twitter.com/UI9Gz11DWj

— Sarah McCammon (@sarahmccammon) February 6, 2019

According to her account, the alleged incident occurred during the 2004 Democrat National Convention in Boston, Massachusetts. In a statement Wednesday, Fairfax vehemently denied any wrongdoing, claiming that there encounter was consensual.

“At no time did she express to me any discomfort or concern about our interactions, neither during that encounter nor doing the months following it, when she stayed in touch with me, nor the past fifteen years,” he said. “She in no way indicated that anything that had happened between us made her uncomfortable.”

Bloomberg.com

Published  2 weeks ago

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's Democratic attorney general says he wore blackface at a college party in 1980, deepening state scandal.

Yahoo

Published  2 weeks ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Latest on the fallout from a racist photo that appeared on the 1984 medical school yearbook page of Virginia's governor (all times local):

Mail Online

Published  2 weeks ago

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill said they 'wholly condemn' the 'abhorrent' photos published 40 years ago in the 1979 yearbook. Governor Roy Cooper featured on another page.

Bloomberg.com

Published  2 weeks ago

Richmond, Va. (AP) -- Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

The day after airing that $5.2M ad, we learned that the Washington Post covered up a sexual assault allegation against a Democrat.

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

The revelation further roils the top levels of Virginia government. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are already facing controversies, and Herring would be next in line to be governor after those two men.

Many including Herring have urged Northam to resign after the discovery of a photo of someone in blackface on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. Fairfax, next in line to be governor, has been accused of sexual misconduct, which he denies.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

NewsAdvance.com

Published  2 weeks ago

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Another top Virginia Democrat — Attorney General Mark Herring — admitted Wednesday to putting on blackface in the 1980s, when he was a college student.

Herring issued a statement saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as a 19-year-old undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

The revelation further roils the top levels of Virginia government. Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax are already facing controversies, and Herring would be next in line to be governor after those two men.

In the statement, Herring said he and two friends dressed up to look like rappers they listened to, including Kurtis Blow.

"It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes - and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others - we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup," he said.

"That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others. It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then."

Herring, who plans to run for governor in 2021, is among those who have urged Northam to resign as governor after the discovery of a photo of someone in blackface on his 1984 medical school yearbook page. The photo that appeared in Northam's half-page profile shows someone in black face standing next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Fairfax, in line to be governor if Northam were to resign, has been accused of sexual misconduct, which he denies.

In condemning the photo from Northam's yearbook, Herring said last Friday: "The photo, the conduct it captures, and the racist imagery invoked are all indefensible. The photo would be profoundly offensive in any circumstances, but it is also shocking and deeply disappointing to know that it pictures Governor Northam." He called for Northam to step down the next day, saying "it is no longer possible" for him to lead the state.

The Washington Times

Published  2 weeks ago

The woman accusing Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of rape released a statement Wednesday that refuted his claim that the sex was consensual and that the allegations were politically motivated.

Vanessa Tyson, a political science professor at Scripps University, said she was traumatized for years after Mr. Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in 2004.

“With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight,” she said in a statement. “It has been extremely difficult to relive that traumatic experience from 2004. Mr. Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation. Given his false assertions, I’m compelled to make clear what happened.”

The statement was released by the law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks, which she recently hired to represent her in this matter.

Ms. Tyson’s allegation are part of a torrent of scandal engulfing the top Democrats in Virginia.

Gov. Ralph Northam is fighting resignation calls after being linked to a photograph of a man wearing blackface. Mr. Fairfax, his heir apparent who appeared to be the party’s savior, is fending off Ms. Tyson’s claims.

The second in line of succession for governor, Attorney General Mark Herring, admitted Wednesday that he wore blackface at a college party in 1980.

In her statement, Ms. Tyson described the lasting scars from her encounter with Mr. Fairfax when they were both campaign aides at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

“After the assault, I suffered from both deep humiliation and shame. I did not speak about it for years, and I (like most survivors) suppressed those memories and emotions as a necessary means to continue my studies, and to pursue my goal of building a successful career as an academic,” she wrote.

Mr. Fairfax said Monday that the sex was “100 percent consensual” and described Ms. Tyson as “very interested in me” as soon as they met at the convention.

She said Mr. Fairfax invited her to accompany him to fetch some documents from his hotel room and then unexpectedly kissed her, and she kissed him back.

“What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault,” she wrote. “Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch.”

Ms. Tyson provided a detailed account of how Mr. Fairfax then forced her to perform oral sex, despite what she called her “obvious distress.”

“To be very clear, I did not want to engage in oral sex with Mr. Fairfax and I never gave any form of consent. Quite the opposite. I consciously avoided Mr. Fairfax for the remainder of the Convention and I never spoke to him again,” she said.

Mr. Fairfax claimed that she pursued him after the encounter, including inviting him to meet her mother.

The lieutenant governor also said Ms. Tyson, a fellow Democrat, was attempting a political “smear” to derail his career.

After years of suppressing the memory, Ms. Tyson said, she came forward after seeing a photograph of Mr. Fairfax in a news article last year about his run for lieutenant governor.

“The image hit me like a ton of bricks, triggering buried traumatic memories and the feelings of humiliation I’d felt so intensely back in 2004,” she wrote. “Prior to reading the article, I had not followed Mr. Fairfax’s career and did not know that he was seeking public office. Unsure of what to do, I felt it was crucial to tell close friends of mine in Virginia, who were voters, about the assault.”

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New York Post

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia’s leadership crisis took an absurd turn Wednesday when the man who is second in line to become governor admitted he has worn blackface — even as Gov. Ralph Northam’s job is already on

WTTG

Published  2 weeks ago

Another top Virginia Democrat has admitted to wearing blackface decades ago. Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia.

dailycaller

Published  2 weeks ago

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Kirk Cox could become the first Republican governor in nearly a decade if Ralph Northam, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, and AG Mark Herring resign.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

A Party of Racists–

A week ago Virginia Governor Ralph Northam was caught in blackface-KKK in a college yearbook.

On Wednesday Virginia Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he wore blackface at a college party too.

Just last week Mark Herring called on Ralph Northam to resign over his blackface pics.

And TODAY admitted that he too wore blackface!

CNBC reported:

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitted he wore blackface at a college party in 1980, throwing even more chaos into an executive branch whose two top officials are under fire for separate scandals, one involving racism, the other involving alleged sexual assault.

Herring, a Democrat, is third in line to the governor’s office.

The current governor, Ralph Northam, faces widespread calls for his resignation after a conservative news site last week published a photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page showing two me, one in blackface, the other wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood.

And Northam’s would-be successor, Lieutenant Gov. Justin Fairfax, was accused earlier this week of sexually assaulting a woman at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. He denies her accusation.

BREAKING: Attorney General Mark Herring issued a statement Wednesday saying he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party as an undergraduate at the University of Virginia. DETAILS: https://t.co/ACJHoCrMTi pic.twitter.com/xNRs1obpez

— FOX 5 DC (@fox5dc) February 6, 2019

Big League Politics

Published  2 weeks ago

The woman currently accusing the Lt. Governor of Virginia of sexually assaulting her confirmed herself as the source of the allegations and explained to independent Virginia media how she released her story.

Last night after Big League Politics released the bombshell report that Stanford University Fellow and Professor Vanessa Tyson allegedly accused Democrat Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. She did not use his name in the initial release, and Big League Politics did not receive confirmation from Tyson that she wrote the post.

However, this changed late last night when Tyson confirmed to independent Virginia media outlet RVA Dirt that she made the allegations, and enlisted a friend to help spread the story.

As people saw we weren’t solely reacting to the story because of the BLP post and had outside confirmations of an allegation coming forward, people started to stop attacking and be open to listening to Ms. Tyson. Eventually, Ms. Tyson came forward on our Facebook page and made comments affirming she gave consent for her story to be shared and explaining why she trusted one individual in our Richmond community to share her story. That Facebook page has photos going back to 2014 including one with her and Thad Williamson who is the husband of the person that Ms. Tyson trusted to share her story and indicated she was close with in graduate school. That is why we believe the comments to be authentically from Ms. Tyson.

The post continues elaborating on how mainstream news outlets refused to run the story:

RVA Dirt also explains that last night, after posting the Big League Politics article detailing Tyson’s allegations, their Facebook page “began receiving very aggressive direct messages attacking” the media outlet for sharing the Big League Politics article, claiming that Tyson was not ready to share her story.

The independent progressive Virginia media outlet does not believe the individual targeting their page is affiliated with Fairfax.

Tyson at one point commented on RVA Dirt‘s post, explaining that she was behind the allegations and thanked the page for sharing the information, but has since deleted the comment.

We were not able to locate screen shots of Tyson’s comment, but do have a screen shot of several Facebook users responding to Tyson.

RVA Dirt, however, posted a screen shot by Tyson revealing she gave the friend permission to share the story across social media.

On the RVA Dirt Facebook page Vanessa Tyson replied in the comments affirming her consent for the post to be shared. 🧜🏻‍♀️ pic.twitter.com/pv5ndskd4L

Big League Politics reached out to RVA Dirt for their comment on this story and did not receive an immediate response.

For Fairfax’s part, he admits the event took place, but claims it was consensual in nature.

Now today, after denying the accusation, Fairfax tells reporters that he did indeed have an encounter with the woman in 2004, but that everything was consensual.

The woman accusing him of sexual assault doesn’t see it that way.

His accuser, Vanessa Tyson is a Stanford University fellow, University Professor, and accomplished author. Regularly speaking in support of progressive issues, many doubt the idea of her accusations being politically motivated.

Tyson initially went to the Washington Post, who are famous for being the first outlet to speak publicly to Christine Blasey Ford, the woman behind the first sexual assault allegation against Justice Brett Kavanaugh. But the Post did not run the story, resulting in her Facebook post hunting at the alleged sexual assault.

This is the third major political earthquake to strike Virginia, after Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam endorsed infanticide last early last week, then Big League Politics unearthed shockingly racist photos in Northam’s medical school yearbook.

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Vanessa Tyson, who has accused Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault, releases statement detailing allegations.

"With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight. It has been extremely difficult to relive that traumatic experience from 2004. Mr. Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation. Given his false assertions, I’m compelled to make clear what happened," she said, in part, in a statement.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Democrat Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Monday hinted that Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) is responsible for the resurfacing of sexual assault allegation against him to keep his post.

The alleged incident purportedly occurred during the 2004 Democrat National Convention in Boston, Massachusettes.

The Washington Post reported Monday that it was approached by a woman accusing Fairfax in 2017 and investigated the claim, yet never published a story for lack of any independent evidence. The Post said the woman had not told anyone about it, and the account could not be corroborated while Fairfax denied it. The paper was unable to find other similar allegations against him among people who knew him in college, law school or in politics.

The allegations were first reported by Big League Politics, the news outlet that first published the yearbook image.

Asked by a reporter if he suspects Northam is responsible for the allegation’s revival, Fairfax responded: “Does anybody think it’s any coincidence that on the eve of potentially my being elevated that that’s when this uncorroborated smear comes out?”

In a statement shared to his official Twitter account, Fairfax denied the allegation, maintaining that he “has never assaulted anyone – ever – in any way, shape or form.”

“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” the statement said. “This is part of the sad and dark politics that the Lt. Governor has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above,” it continued.

Lastly, the statement warned the Fairfax would wage “appropriate legal action against those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation.”

Later in the day, the Washington Post pushed back, saying Fairfax was inaccurate in his claim that the paper had found “significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations.”

Northam consulted with top administration officials Monday about whether he should stay in office or resign amid an uproar over a racist photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page.

Virtually all of the state’s Democratic establishment — and Republican leaders, too — turned against the 59-year-old Democrat after the picture surfaced of someone in blackface next to another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Northam stayed out of sight as he met with his Cabinet and senior staff, following a meeting the night before with minority officials in his administration. The governor wanted to hear their assessment of whether it is feasible for him to stay in office, according to a top administration official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The meetings included frank conversations about the difficulties of governing under such circumstances, according to reports.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The Federalist

Published  2 weeks ago

The Post's standards seem to change based on whether or not the alleged perpetrator is a Democrat or a Republican. This is bad for us all.

RedState

Published  2 weeks ago

Decision, decisions. Do we want the blackface guy to resign so the guy with the Harvey Weinstein problem can be governor?

RedState

Published  2 weeks ago

Last Friday, oddly enough the first day of Black History Month, the yearbook from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 med school yearbook surfaced with Northam either in blackface or wearing KKK robes. Back when he was apologizing for his actions, he couldn’t remember which. Then he gave a press conference in which he denied he was in the pictures but admitted he had dressed up as Michael Jackson at least once. He steadfastly refused to entertain resigning. At first, the Virginia Democrat establishment stood firm with him. By Sunday, as Northam looked more and more deranged, both of Virginia’s senators said he should step down. He held an emergency meeting of his staff yesterday evening and I was already preparing my Northam resigns post. But, even as Northam was meeting with advisers to discuss his future, a blockbuster hit a the same website, BigLeaguePolitics, where Northam’s pictures had first surfaced. This story concerned an allegation that Fairfax had sexually assaulted a young woman, as sexual assault can mean anything these days I feel compelled to carify that by specifying that he forced her to perform oral sex on him.

Fairfax denied the story and threatened to sue anyone who mentioned it, but, along the way, he revealed that the Washington Post had known about the allegations and claim they had vindicated him.

The Washington Post replied that no, they hadn’t vindicated Fairfax but, yes, Fairfax had admitted to having sex with the woman.

And this point my schadenfreude gland was depleted and I was a limp mass on the floor. As one of my old bosses used to say, “I feel just like a monkey humping a skunk, I aint’ got all I want but I got all I can stand.”

Then everyone got their second wind.

NEW: An extraordinary day turns chaotic as Fairfax suggests Northam is behind "a smear" aimed at blocking his ascent to the governorship and recounts a sexual encounter with a woman he said was "very interested in me."

But she says it was assault >https://t.co/X9qPp1fmbV

— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) February 4, 2019

Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Virginia emphatically denied on Monday a woman’s claim that he sexually assaulted her in 2004, suggesting that Gov. Ralph Northam’s supporters were trying to block his ascent to the governorship at a moment when Mr. Northam is besieged by demands that he resign over charges of racism.

“Does anybody think it’s any coincidence that on the eve of potentially my being elevated that that’s when this uncorroborated smear comes out?” Mr. Fairfax told reporters surrounding him in the rotunda of the state Capitol about whether he believes Mr. Northam, a fellow Democrat, was behind the accusation’s coming to light. He offered no evidence tying the Northam camp to the allegation.

An adviser to Mr. Northam, asked Monday if the embattled governor had been behind the revelation of the assault allegations, denied any responsibility and said the Northam camp did not have the capacity to plot such a move at a moment when Mr. Northam is struggling to retain his job.

Monday’s spectacle beside the Houdon-designed George Washington statue in the Capitol was extraordinary: Mr. Fairfax, a 39-year-old African-American, rebutting claims of sexual misconduct and suggesting the accusations were part of an effort by allies of Mr. Northam’s to salvage a governorship that is listing due to the racism that still scars Virginia.

If I were a chainsmoker, I would have burned an couple of cartons while swabbing my sweaty forehead with a damp cloth as the spectacle unfolded.

The irony of the guy who made the Charlottesville mess a campaign issue and labeled Ed Gillespie a racist being accused of racism by his own lieutenant governor is nearly too much to bear.

I’m on Facebook. Drop by and join the fun there.

Townhall

Published  2 weeks ago

And Now Virginia's Democratic Lt. Gov Has Been Accused of Sexual Assault - Matt Vespa: UPDATE: The Washington Post reports that they “did not find .02/04/2019 17:41:40PM EST.

Fox News

Published  2 weeks ago

Senate Democrats on Monday blocked a GOP effort to introduce a billl meant to protect abortion survivors, which came in response to comments last week by Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam that seemingly endorsed post-birth abortions in certain cases.

Washington Examiner

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax on Monday denied a new sexual assault allegation against him, just as many were preparing for him to take over for embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.

“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” Fairfax’s chief of staff and communications director said in a statement Monday that was released at 2.57 a.m. “He has never assaulted anyone — ever — in any way, shape, or form.”

Fairfax will become Virginia governor if embattled Ralph Northam resigns after it was revealed that his 1984 medical school yearbook page contained a photo of a man in blackface standing beside a man in a KKK outfit

The statement appeared to be referencing a claim from a woman, Vanessa Tyson, who said she was sexually assaulted by Fairfax at the DNC convention more than a decade ago.

“Imagine you were sexually assaulted during the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004 by a campaign staffer. You spend the next 13 years trying to forget it ever happened” Tyson wrote. “Then by strange, horrible luck, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll get a VERY BIG promotion.”

Tyson is a professor at Scripps College in California.

“This is part of the sad and dark politics that the Lt. Governor has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above,” the statement from Fairfax’s office said.

Gov. Ralph Northam is under pressure to resign after his medical school yearbook surfaced last week, and showed an image of someone in blackface and another in Ku Klux Klan garb on his page. Northam's resignation would likely let Fairfax step in as governor.

Northam held an emergency meeting with his staff Sunday evening during the Super Bowl and is expected to have another meeting later Monday to discuss whether to bow to the widespread calls for him to step down.

wdbj7

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax fired back against allegations of sexual assault Monday morning.

Fairfax's office released a statement on Twitter saying in part, "Tonight, an online publication released a false and unsubstantiated allegation against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax."

The statement addressed allegations that were sent to the Washington Post more than a year ago during the time of Fairfax's inauguration. The Post proceeded to investigate the claims presented and ultimately denied to publish the story due to inconsistant statements.

Fairfax's team said they believe the allegations come as a part of "sad and dark politics."

The statement goes on to say Faixfax has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above.

Fairfax plans to take legal action against those spreading the defamatory and false allegations.

The press release addresses allegations that have surfaced at the same time calls for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's resignation become louder and louder after racist images in Northam's yearbook emerged .

Read the full statement here:

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appeared to fake a phone call on Tuesday in an attempt to avoid answering a reporter’s question regarding a resurfaced sexual assault allegation against Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-VA).

An unidentified woman has come forward in recent days alleging Fairfax made unwanted advancements on her during the 2004 Demoncrat National Convention. He has denied the allegation and threatened to take “appropriate legal action against those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation.”

In the first of two encounters that Daily Caller congressional reporter Henry Rodgers had with Sanders, the potential presidential nominee is seen ignoring a question on whether he believes Fairfax’s accuser. After a second attempt to get the Vermont Independent to respond, his administrative director Jacob Gillison tells that reporter: “He can’t right now. We’re discussing something right now.” Sanders manages to evade a third question about the accusation by entering into a crowded elevator.

Sen. Bernie Sanders will not say if he believes VA Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax’s accuser… pic.twitter.com/zU69QSzXGD

— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) February 5, 2019

Roughly one hour later, Rodgers is seen once again confronting Sanders, who appears to be talking on his cell phone. “Do you believe Justin Fairfax’s accuser?” he asks the senator. Sanders ignores the question and instead asks the person on the line the time of a meeting — or so it seemed.

Bernie is back and and this time he is taking fake phone calls to dodge questions about if he believes Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax’s accuser… WATCH THIS: pic.twitter.com/y6n83qPKit

— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) February 5, 2019

Seconds later, Sanders angrily demands the reporter to stop following him. “Excuse me!” Sanders shouts at Rodgers. “Stop following me around.”

During the brief exchange, Sanders pulls his phone away from his ear, which does not appear to display any indication of an ongoing call.

“You’re not on the phone,” exclaims Rodgers, prompting the flustered senator to draw the phone nearer to his face.

Sanders then points to the opposite direction, signaling that he wants the reporter to leave him alone.

“I’m asking you a question,” Rodgers says. Sanders, once more, refuses to respond and instead continues walking away from the reporter.

The accuser has retained law firm Katz Marshall & Banks and is consulting with the firm about next steps, according to several news outlets. One of the firm’s founding partners, Debra Katz, represented Christine Blasey Ford, who accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett m Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her decades ago when they were teenagers. Kavanaugh denied the allegation and later was confirmed to the court.

On Monday, Fairfax hinted that Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) is responsible for the resurfacing of sexual assault allegation against him to prevent his own ouster after a racist photo in his 1984 yearbook emerged. The governor faces bipartisan calls to resign over the photo, who shows him and another individual in blackface and KKK attire.

The alleged incident involving Fairfax purportedly occurred during the 2004 Democrat National Convention. To date, the allegation remains uncorroborated.

WVEC

Published  2 weeks ago

RICHMOND, Va. — As Virginia Governor Ralph Northam faces increasing pressure to resign over a racist photograph from his 1984 medical school yearbook, the man who would take his place -- Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax -- is responding to accusations of his own.

The allegation involves an unsubstantiated claim of sexual assault against Fairfax during the Democratic National Convention in 2004. The claim was posted Sunday night on the same website that first published the racist photo from Gov. Northam's yearbook.

The Washington Post, as well as our sister station WUSA9 in Washington D.C., have known about the claim for months, but have not been able to corroborate the allegations.

“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” read the statement released on Twitter.

“He has never assaulted anyone – ever – in any way, shape or form.”

A post on the conservative website Big League Politics went live just as the Super Bowl ended late Sunday. Allies of the likely heir apparent to embattled Gov. Northam called the development a clear smear tactic, as Fairfax's profile rises.

"This is part of the sad and dark politics that the Lt. Governor has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above," the overnight statement read.

"The Lt. Governor will take appropriate legal action against those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation."

WUSA9 is refraining from publishing further details of the claim, as key elements have not been able to be verified. Broad outlines of the claim are only being published after Fairfax's office released an official statement now in public view.

The development unfolded hours before Northam is scheduled to hold a meeting with top staff members in Richmond, when a possible resignation will be discussed.

Five officials with direct knowledge of the continuing deliberations said state lawmakers will hold off on removing Northam through untested mechanisms in Virginia's constitution, in order to avoid escalating tensions.

WUSA9 in Washington D.C. contributed to this report.

National Review

Published  2 weeks ago

When it comes to sexual-misconduct claims against public officials, the same standard should be applied to everyone. We must reject slogans like #believewomen and instead grant the accused a presumption of innocence. However, that’s not the same thing as saying that accusers have to prove their claims beyond a reasonable doubt. Because we should hold public officials to a high standard of behavior — and because their liberty isn’t at risk — I’ve argued that we should ask a different question: “Is it more likely than not that the allegation is true?”

Applying that standard (and weighing the relevant evidence), I think it’s more likely than not that Bill Clinton is a rapist, Donald Trump is a sexual harasser, and Roy Moore engaged in sexual misconduct with underage teens. I do not believe, however, that Brett Kavanaugh is guilty of the allegations against him. Indeed, Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations are so far from “more likely than not” that competent litigators wouldn’t dream of taking the claims against him to civil court. To this day, those allegations are wholly uncorroborated and riddled with inconsistencies. Ford’s witnesses can’t even place Kavanaugh and Ford together at the party in question — much less in the same bedroom — and Ford’s testimony has been inconsistent on such matters as her age at the time of the attack, the number of witnesses, and even the number of attackers. Moreover, Ford deliberately withheld from the public evidence that was relevant to her claims, including her therapists’ notes and complete polygraph records.

But that hasn’t stopped a host of men and women on the Left from firmly believing that Kavanaugh is guilty, guilty, guilty. I wonder . . . How will these same individuals will view the sexual-misconduct allegations against Virginia’s Democratic lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax? So far, they seem more solid than the claims against Kavanaugh.

In the Washington Post article linked above, we learn that the Post investigated the accuser’s claims against Fairfax “for several months.” (The Post also knew of Ford’s claims before they leaked). Fairfax and his accuser allegedly had a sexual encounter at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Here’s how the Post describes the claims:

During a conversation, the two realized they had a mutual friend. It was that commonality, she recalled, that put her at ease enough that on the afternoon Fairfax asked her to walk with him to his hotel room to pick up some papers, she thought nothing of joining him.

Fairfax and the woman told different versions of what happened in the hotel room with no one else present. The Washington Post could not find anyone who could corroborate either version. The Post did not find “significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,” as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said.

The woman described a sexual encounter that began with consensual kissing and ended with a forced act that left her crying and shaken. She said Fairfax guided her to the bed, where they continued kissing, and then at one point she realized she could not move her neck. She said Fairfax used his strength to force her to perform oral sex.

The Washington Post, in phone calls to people who knew Fairfax from college, law school and through political circles, found no similar complaints of sexual misconduct against him. Without that, or the ability to corroborate the woman’s account — in part because she had not told anyone what happened — The Washington Post did not run a story.

While some folks are dunking on the Post for running with the Kavanaugh claims, the indictment isn’t entirely fair. The Post ran both claims only after their existence was widely known. It then provided the details it had. I’m much more interested in the coming response to those claims. Yes, a Supreme Court justice is more prominent and powerful than the Virginia lieutenant governor (so there would be more interest in the claims against Kavanaugh), but prominence is irrelevant to veracity, and on that score the claims against Fairfax are already more solid than any claim against Kavanaugh.

The Fairfax accuser came forward far sooner than Ford, she identified the specific time and place of the attack, the accused agreed that he was with the accuser at that time and place, there was an admitted sexual encounter, and — according to the Post — the paper “did not find significant red flags and inconsistencies” in her claims. Indeed, by making that statement, the Washington Post already contested a key Fairfax defense:

Based on the obvious problems and inconsistencies with even the first version of Ford’s claims, I expressed skepticism from the outset. But given that there was reportedly an admitted sexual encounter between the accuser and Fairfax, aren’t there at the very least grounds for serious concern? Based on the available evidence (and without seeing any person tested by cross-examination), it’s far too premature to say that it’s more likely than not that Fairfax is guilty or to demand his resignation. It’s not too premature to wonder, however, whether “believe women” or “believe survivors” will apply with equal ferocity to more credible claims against a promising young Democrat.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam called an urgent meeting with his top level staff Sunday evening, including with his Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

The embattled Democrat Governor is under tremendous pressure to resign after a 1984 medical school yearbook photo of him, presumably in either blackface or a KKK robe surfaced on Friday.

The urgent meeting with his staff includes his Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, ABC 7 News reported.

An NBC News affiliate said Northam’s meeting started at 6 p.m. local time.

Northam remained defiant all weekend and refused to resign despite mounting pressure from both Democrats and Republicans.

Ralph Northam held a bizarre press conference on Saturday where he claimed he saw the racist yearbook photo for the first time in his life on Friday when a staffer brought it to his attention.

The Governor admitted to wearing blackface in 1984 when he dressed up as Michael Jackson for a dance contest, however he maintained he was not in the racist yearbook photo.

On Friday, Northam initially admitted he was in the racist photo and apologized for the hurt he caused.

Update: NBC is reporting that Northam’s Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax was not in the Sunday night meeting as originally reported by ABC News.

A source confirms to @frankthorp and me that Ralph Northam convened an "urgent meeting" tonight with top staff and admin officials of color to discuss his path forward. Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was not present, we're told. First reported by @darrensands

— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) February 4, 2019

This is a breaking story…please refresh page for updates.

Townhall

Published  2 weeks ago

Right now, the possibility of Northam resigning is mere speculation. According to The Washington Post, Northam is still weighing his options:

People familiar with the meeting said the governor had not reached a final decision about his fate. It was unclear who was there, besides that it involved senior staffers of color. But Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who would become governor if Northam resigned, was not there, the people said.

Calling the Sunday night meeting was a clear signal of Northam’s effort to weigh support within the administration as he evaluates his options. Though he pledged on Saturday to stand his ground, he also said he would reconsider if he felt he could no longer be effective. Just a day later, resignation is an active consideration, the people said.

Before the meeting, Northam spent much of the day in seclusion at his family home on the Eastern Shore as confidantes delivered conflicting advice about whether he should resign or continue fighting to clear his name, according to people close to the governor.

ORIGINAL POST

This is one of those scenarios that is ironically funny. Yesterday, a friend texted me about Gov. Ralph Northam's potential resignation. Did I think it was going to happen and if so, when. My thought, as a former publicist, was that his team would decide to do it during the Super Bowl, when most Americans are glued to the football game.

According to ABC News, Northam's team called a last minute, emergency meeting.

BREAKING: @ABC has learned that Governor Northam has called his top-level staff, including cabinet members and the Lt Governor, for an “urgent meeting” at this hour. No details yet on what’s being discussed.

— Kristin Smith (@kristin8news) February 3, 2019

And the meetings included Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, suggesting they're preparing for him to take over.

BREAKING: ?@abcnews? says Gov Ralph Northam is calling for “an urgent” top level meeting of his staff this hour, including Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax. #northam #meeting #rva pic.twitter.com/b8RuXM3Nri

— Richard Reeve (@abc7Richard) February 3, 2019

This is a breaking news story. As more information becomes available, this post will be updated.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated Northam’s team would have him resign during the Super Bowl. That was incorrect. We apologize for the error.

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

The far-left Washington Post reports that Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D-VA) made a false claim against the woman accusing him of a 2004 sexual assault.

In a Monday morning statement denying the alleged assault, Fairfax’s office claims the Washington Post found “significant red flags and inconsistencies” in the accuser’s story:

The Post investigated the claim for several months. After being presented with facts consistent with the Lt. Governor’s denial of the allegation, the absence of evidence corroborating the allegation, and significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegation, the Post made the considered decision not to publish the story.

According to the Post, though, this is not true. In a piece published after the release of the Fairfax statement, the Post says there were no inconsistencies in the woman’s accusation.

“The Post did not find ‘significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,’ as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said,” said the Post.

The Post says it decided to keep the allegation that Fairfax forced a woman to perform oral sex on him quiet because the story could not be corroborated. This strikes many as odd coming from the same Washington Post that published uncorroborated assault allegations against Kavanaugh during that same year.

“The Washington Post, in phone calls to people who knew Fairfax from college, law school and through political circles, found no similar complaints of sexual misconduct against him,” the story says. “Without that, or the ability to corroborate the woman’s account — in part because she had not told anyone what happened — The Washington Post did not run a story.”

The Fairfax assault allegation came to national attention Monday after Big League Politics published the allegation with apparent permission from the alleged victim. Big League Politics is the same news outlet that broke Friday’s bombshell about Virginia’s governor, Democrat Ralph Northam. And his 1984 yearbook page, which includes a racist photograph of a white man in full blackface standing next to someone dressed as a Klansman.

Northam at first admitted to being in the photo, but during a bizarre Saturday news conference, he then denied that was him in the photo but admitted to wearing blackface at another event.

Northam is under mounting pressure to resign. Should he do so, his now-embattled Lt. Governor will become the state’s governor with a very serious assault allegation looming over his tenure.

Townhall

Published  2 weeks ago

When a black-and-white picture that appeared below Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page - of a bowtied man in blackface standing next to a white-robed member of the Ku Klux Klan - starting making the media rounds on Friday, it struck me at first like the most ridiculously cartoonish of fake news. Here was the Democratic governor of Virginia - by all accounts heretofore a good Leftist who openly advocates for every liberal issue under the sun including, of late, borderline infanticide - potentially being caught up in a racial controversy that would make Robert Byrd blush.

It was almost too surreal to be true, too seemingly contrived to not be a made-up meme from the bowels of the right-wing internet. But time told the tale soon enough. Was the picture real? Turns out, it was. Was the picture actually under Northam’s yearbook page? For sure. Was Northam actually in the picture, either in blackface or a KKK robe? Well, that one is a little more up in the air, especially after the Virginia governor’s Saturday press conference denying it. Whether or not Northam’s vehement denials are enough to raise more than a reasonable doubt in the minds of Virginians is yet to be seen, but regardless, the die has been cast. Make no mistake, Ralph Northam’s days as governor of Virginia are quickly coming to an end.

Now at this point, the ‘narrative’ for me as a non-left-wing columnist might typically be to demonstrate the difference between ‘Good Democrat’ Ralph Northam’s situation and that of, well, pretty much anyone right of center, like Iowa Rep. Steve King. Surely, there is a double-standard, right? They’ve obviously existed in the past. But in this case, while a cynic might say liberals have nothing to gain by replacing Northam with the even more liberal Justin Fairfax, the quick response from Democrats and liberals of every stripe, from Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi to Planned Parenthood, NARAL, and the NAACP, suggests at least an increasing willingness to finally police their own.

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So now everyone is being policed, at least when it comes to real or perceived racial sins, no matter how egregious or how far removed from the present. Do you feel safer? I know I do! Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank celebrated this fact in a Saturday column, contending that, while Northam has lived an admirable life of late and likely considers losing it all because of an almost 35-year-old transgression “unfair,” that’s just the way it should be.

“But some things should disqualify people from public service — a Nazi salute, sexual assault, preying on children and, yes, dressing as a Klansman or in blackface — and it doesn’t matter if it happened 35 years ago,” Milbank wrote.

So, a home invader can be the governor of Virginia, but Northam can’t? To be clear, I am not in any way excusing or condoning the use of blackface in any era. It’s insensitive, horrific, and it should be condemned, but if someone honestly doesn’t see a moral difference between preying on children and a politically-incorrect party-gone-WAAAAAY-wrong, one’s morals are, shall we say, highly suspect.

But these are the New Puritans we’re dealing with here, people for whom real or perceived racial sins - and they get to determine what those are - are the worst sins ever, basically the same as raping a woman or preying on a child. And so, Milbank celebrates the fact that Megyn Kelly lost her job at NBC (does Milbank believe Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Sarah Silverman are also equivalent to child predators? Apparently, some of that old double-standard does exist!) for seemingly defending blackface and laments Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ electoral win despite the fact that he simply said the common phrase “monkey this up.”

Then, he blamed it on Trump, because of course he did.

“Some might think this all a witch hunt, to use the president’s term of art, but it is, at least in part, a salutary backlash against what Trump represents,” Milbank wrote. “Appalled by his racism, his vulgarity and his appalling treatment of women, we are reacting by holding public officials (and hopefully ourselves) to a higher standard. We are cleansing ourselves for the sins of Trump.”

“Cleansing ourselves” - a uniquely Puritanical concept. Except, this time ironically coming from a leftist individual who likely eschews most of what would be considered traditional Biblical morality. When every form of perversion becomes acceptable, liberals must signal their ‘virtue’ by righteously condemning what has now become the gravest of sins. And conservatives, fearing the backlash, more often than not join right in. And so the policing of the New Morality becomes even more strict than the old ever was.

Here’s a concept. Even taking into account the Michael Jackson skin darkening episode to which Northam HAS admitted and apologized for - an action Milbank still thinks disqualifies him the same as “sexual assault” and “preying on children” would - what if Ralph Northam is simply someone who made a mistake many years ago and has tried to atone for it, albeit wrong-headedly (because news flash: going liberal is NEVER the way to atone for past racial sins), ever since?

The answer, of course, is it doesn’t matter. Apologies don’t matter. Remorse doesn’t matter. There is no forgiveness. There is no repentance. There is only shaming and punishment, and being driven from whatever job or platform you are in.

It’s a new world the New Puritans have created and, Right or Left, we’re all living in it.

Daily Wire

Published  2 weeks ago

A sketchy, uncorroborated accusation of sexual assault against Justin Fairfax, the Democrat Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, is making the rounds Monday morning.

Vanessa Tyson claims Fairfax sexually assaulted her at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston, MA, when the Lt. Gov. was a campaign staffer. Fairfax has denied the accusation, pointing out that The Washington Post was made aware of the accusation around the time Fairfax was inaugurated a year ago, but the outlet investigated the claim and declined to run it.

“The Post carefully investigated the claim for several months. After being presented with facts consistent with the Lt. Governor's denial of the allegation, the absence of evidence corroborating the allegation, and significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegation, the Post made the considered decision not to publish the story,” Fairfax said.

Notice what Fairfax says led the Post to refuse to run the story. Let’s go point-by-point and see how The Washington Post and other outlets failed to live up to such standards when the shaky accusations were against a Republican: now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Facts Consistent With The Accused’s Denial

Kavanaugh consistently denied each new, progressively more ludicrous, accusation against him. He said he studied hard in school, was part of a church committee, but also drank. Some classmates claim he was a “belligerent” drunk, others said he was a standup guy. None of that corroborates any of the women’s claims nor does it disprove his denial.

The Post found multiple people to claim that Kavanaugh must have forgotten what he did at least sometimes when drinking, even though there is no human ability to detect whether another person’s brain is creating short-term memories or not.

Also, Kavanaugh was attacked over his high school yearbook quotes, and every time he explained one of them it turned out to be the correct explanation. Multiple classmates who actually knew Kavanaugh, his friends, and the origin of the quotes backed up the judge’s explanations.

Absence Of Evidence Corroborating The Allegation

With nothing more than a written accusation, the Post reported the accusations against Kavanaugh, without any investigation. The allegations were published credulously. There was no corroborating evidence for any of the accusations.

Christine Blasey Ford gave the names of several people who should have remembered the party or the assault – not one could corroborate her claims. Deborah Ramirez also gave names, and again, no one could corroborate her claims. The New York Times initially declined to run Ramirez’s allegation because it couldn’t be corroborated, but did so once The New Yorker published the accusation without corroboration.

The Washington Post, in this instance, at least noted how little Ramirez’s claim was corroborated, even if it ran multiple columns and follow-up stories lumping these claims in as if more accusations equaled more truth.

Further, when the third accuser, Julie Swetnick, came forward with an insane accusation that Kavanaugh, as a teenager, orchestrated gang-rape parties, the Post wrote an article first noting the accuser’s security clearances. Much further down – at a point when most readers would click away – the Post added Swetnick’s earlier accusations against other people and tax problems.

Significant Red Flags And Inconsistencies

Each Kavanaugh accuser’s story had “significant red flags” that should have merited further investigation or at least a modicum of skepticism. Ford couldn’t remember how she got home after the party (and no one came forward to say they were the one who drove her home) and her claims of being traumatized today all fell apart. She didn’t have a fear of flying, she didn’t have a fear of confined spaces, and the second door on her house was part of renovations, not some need to escape.

Ramirez didn’t even know if Kavanaugh was the man who exposed himself to her, and had to talk to old Yale classmates – and her Democrat lawyers – before she convinced herself that he was the one.

Swetnick and other accuser’s claims were so outlandish that they should have been investigated. NBC famously refused to publish doubts about Swetnick and another accuser’s claims, going so far as to give her a primetime interview where she contradicted everything she said previously.

Conservative News Today

Published  2 weeks ago

When Democrat Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam was discovered to have dressed in blackface or KKK robes during his college days back in the 1980s, CNN portrayed him as a Republican. The network has a history of lying. The brouhaha started Friday afternoon when the conservative news publisher BigLeague Politics published a bombshell report with a photo from […]

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam says he won't resign, even with people from his own party telling him it's time to go. The Democrat admitted to wearing blackface while dressed as Michael Jackson after his now infamous

Breitbart

Published  2 weeks ago

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a possible 2020 presidential contender, joined a bipartisan chorus of calls for embattled Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) to resign after a photo emerged Friday of him and another man wearing blackface and Ku Klux Klan attire.

“There is no place for racism in America. Governor Northam has lost all moral authority and should resign immediately, Justin Fairfax is the leader Virginia needs now,” Biden said in a statement shared to Twitter Saturday:

In a photo first reported by Big League Politics and later obtained by the Virginian-Pilot, Northam’s 1984 yearbook features Northam and another man in blackface, a bowtie, plaid pants and KKK attire. According to a Virginia Democrat in contact with Northam, the embattled governor now believes he does not appear in the photo — a shocking reversal — after admitting in his Friday evening apology that he was, indeed, in the photo. He would not reveal which attire he wore.

In his first apology, Northam acknowledged the clothing he had on was “clearly racist and offensive” and said in his follow-up apology that he was “deeply sorry” yet fully committed to staying on as the state’s chief executive.

“I accept responsibility for my past actions and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust,” said Northam.

Biden joins Democrat presidential candidates, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), in demanding Northam resign. “Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together,” said Harris.

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (D-VA) issued their own statements on the matter, condemning Northam for appearing in the “racist” and “deeply offensive” photo. The top Virginia lawmakers did ask for Northam to step down. “The racist photo of Governor Northam’s 1984 yearbook is horrible. This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” Kaine said. “I hope the Governor–whose career as an Army officer, pediatrician and public official has always manifested a commitment to justice and equality for all–now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward.”

Warner, calling the unearthed photo “shocking and deeply offensive,” said it reopened wounds from Virginia’s “long and painful history of racism and violence toward African-Americans.”

“The Governor must now listen to the people and communities he has hurt, and carefully consider what comes next,” his statement concluded.

Northam is expected to address the matter in a press conference scheduled for Saturday at 2:30 p.m. local time.

NBC4 Washington

Published  2 weeks ago

Northam initially planned to resign after apologizing for appearing in the photo and speaking with the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, but later had a change of heart, the Virginia Democrat told News4 and Tom Sherwood. He now insists neither figure wearing a racist costume was him. He plans to make an official statement at 2:30 p.m. Saturday amid immense pressure to step down. On Friday, Northam apologized for appearing in the photo, which was printed in a medical school yearbook on a page titled with

WayneDupree.com

Published  2 weeks ago

CNN Falsely Labels Democrat Virginia Governor Ralph Northam as 'Republican' Amid Blackface Controversy

Conservative Tribune

Published  2 weeks ago

This is the sort of thing that requires you to pay some attention, but if you do, you can’t miss what’s going on. We told you a few days ago about the horrible, evil pronouncements of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, who coldly and clinically talked through a scenario in which it would be legal –…

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

In a stunning reversal, Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) now says he does not believe he appears in a photo which shows two individuals in blackface and KKK uniform and has no immediate plans to resign, according to a Virginia Democrat who spoke to the embattled lawmaker, the Associated Press reports. On Friday evening, Northam acknowledged he was in the photo, yet declined to reveal which attire he wore.

The Democrat, who said they were “not authorized” to speak publically on the matter, told the news outlet that Northam is phoning state lawmakers Saturday in an attempt to shore up support that has all but evaporated the prior evening.

Northam has faced a torrent of criticism and calls for his resignation after a photo surfaced from decades ago that showed two people in racist costumes: One person is dressed in blackface, and another is wearing a full Ku Klux Klan uniform. The photo appeared in Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook.

However, former political allies say Northam appears to have almost no choice but to resign after losing support from virtually the entire state Democratic party and other key allies, who late Friday urged the governor to leave office because of the racist photo.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, the state House Democratic Caucus, and the state Senate Democratic Caucus all called on Northam to resign, along with several key progressive groups that have been some of the governor’s closest political allies.

Their calls for Northam to step down came in a wave late Friday after the Democrat had apologized for appearing in a photo in which one person is dressed in blackface and another is wearing a full Ku Klux Klan uniform. The photo appeared in his 1984 medical school yearbook.

The yearbook images were first published Friday afternoon by the conservative news outlet Big League Politics. The Virginian-Pilot later obtained a copy from Eastern Virginia Medical School, which Northam attended. The photo shows two people looking at the camera — one in blackface wearing a hat, bow tie and plaid pants; the other in a full Ku Klux Klan robe.

In his first apology, issued in a written statement, Northam called the costume he wore “clearly racist and offensive,” but he didn’t say which one he had worn.

He later issued a video statement saying he was “deeply sorry” but still committed to serving the “remainder of my term.”

“I accept responsibility for my past actions and I am ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust,” Northam said.

But Northam appears to have virtually no path forward to remain in office without any institutional support. His departure would mean current Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat who is only the second African American to win statewide office in Virginia, would be the next governor. Northam’s term was set to end in 2022.

Black lawmakers said they met with Northam Friday evening and said in a statement they appreciate his service.

“But given what was revealed today, it is clear that he can no longer effectively serve as governor,” the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus said, “It is time for him to resign, so that Virginia can begin the process of healing.”

Several Democrat presidential hopefuls, including Sens. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), have called on Northam to jettison his post. “Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together,” Harris said in a statement.

Sens. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner (D-VA) condemned Northam, calling the photo “racist” and “deeply offensive,” — however — the pair stopped short of calling on him to resign. The racist photo of Governor Northam’s 1984 yearbook is horrible. This causes pain in a state and a country where centuries of racism have already left an open wound,” said Kaine. “I hope the Governor–whose career as an Army officer, pediatrician and public official has always manifested a commitment to justice and equality for all–now takes the time to listen to those he has hurt and reflect on how to move forward.”

In a separate statement, Warner described the photo as “shocking and deeply offensive,” citing Virginia’s “long and painful history of racism and violence toward African-Americans.”

“The Governor must now listen to the people and communities he has hurt, and carefully consider what comes next,” he concluded.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Breitbart

Published  3 weeks ago

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) — the official tipped to replace the state’s Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who is facing bipartisan calls to resign after a racist photo in his medical yearbook emerged, is denying recently resurfaced sexual assault allegations from 2004.

The alleged incident, which was reported by Big League Politics over the weekend, is said to have occurred during the 2004 Democrat National Convention. As WUSA9 reports, the Washington Post has not corroborated the claims, which the paper has been looking into for months.

In a statement released early Monday morning, a Fairfax spokesperson denied the allegation, affirming that the man who could be governor “has never assaulted anyone – ever – in any way, shape or form.”

“Lt. Governor Fairfax has an outstanding and well-earned reputation for treating people with dignity and respect,” the statement reads.

“This is part of the sad and dark politics that the Lt. Governor has dedicated himself to helping Virginia and the nation rise above,” it continued.

The statement then warned that Fairfax will take “appropriate legal action against those attempting to spread this defamatory and false allegation.”

Akin to other news outlets, Breitbart News will not report on the allegation itself as several details from the purported incident remain unverified.

Meanwhile, Northam faces a flurry of resignation calls from top Democrats and Republicans after the surfacing of a photo showing the embattled governor with another individual in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan attire in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical yearbook.

On Friday evening, Northam took responsibility for being featured in the photo, but the following day, claimed he actually did not believe he was in it.

“Yesterday, I took responsibility for content that appeared on my page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook that was clearly racist and offensive,” the embattled Virginia Democrat said in a Saturday press conference. “I am not and will not excuse the content of the photo. It was offensive, racist, and despicable.

“I stand by my statement of apology to the many Virginians who were hurt by seeing the content on a yearbook page that belongs to me,” he continued. “It is disgusting, it is offensive, it is racist, and it was my responsibility to recognize and prevent it from being published in the first place.”

The stunning reversal does not appear to have changed the minds of lawmakers demanding he step aside.

Northam reportedly huddled with staffers Sunday evening to discuss his possible resignation; however, details of the meeting are not known at this time.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

** The Washington Post ran unsubstantiated 30-year-old child sexual assault charges against Judge Roy Moore in Alabama in 2017.

** The Washington Post ran unsubstantiated 34-year-old sexual assault charges against Judge Bret Kavanaugh that were refuted by EVERY potential witness in 2018.

But last year the Washington Post SPIKED 15-year-old sexual assault charges against Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax is a Democrat.

On Sunday Big League Politics reported on sexual assault allegations against Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

Fairfax is poised to become governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia if racist blackface-KKK Governor Ralph Northam resigns.

Vanessa Tyson accused Lt. Governor Fairfax of sexual assault at the 2004 DNC Convention in Boston.

Early Monday morning Lt. Gov. Fairfax admitted to knowing about the allegations.

And Fairfax staff revealed the Washington Post SPIKED the story last year!

They said they could not find any evidence to corroborate the allegations.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 weeks ago

On Friday afternoon, at about the same time as the news of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook photo in blackface-Klan hood was broken by Big League Politics, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D) defended Northam (D) from critics of the governor’s comments earlier this week supporting post-partum abortions. Fairfax said in part, “The attacks on his character and medical judgement in response to policy differences are disgraceful and they must end.”

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Fairfax also defended fellow Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran over criticism of her bill (since defeated) that would have legalized abortion as a baby was being born. Northam’s infanticide comments came in support of Tran’s bill.

Fairfax posted his statement to Twitter at 1:49 p.m. EST, about the same time that Big League Politics broke the story of Northam’s yearbook blackface-Klan hood photo, posted to Twitter at 2:06 p.m. shortly after being published.

YEARBOOK: Ralph Northam In Blackface Photo https://t.co/ILATl6iZwR

— Big League Politics (@bigleaguepol) February 1, 2019

Image of Fairfax statement:

Northam and Tran comments that Fairfax is defending:

Just when you thought it couldn’t get more extreme than allowing abortion up to the moment of birth, Gov. Northam goes here. Watch the video. pic.twitter.com/IhE0ZwcUs9

— VA House GOP (@vahousegop) January 30, 2019

HEART WRENCHING– @GovernorVA called a press conference to clarify his comments on late-term abortions. Just like they did yesterday, the governor’s words speak for themselves. pic.twitter.com/97M2epIli9

— VA House GOP (@vahousegop) January 31, 2019

Should Northam resign, as seems inevitable as even the man he served under when he was lieutenant governor, Governor Terry McAuliffe has called on him to resign, Fairfax succeeding Northam will be a case of ‘meet the new boss, the same as the old boss’ when it comes to abortion.

The Daily Beast

Published  3 weeks ago

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Virginia’s two U.S. senators, Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, said they placed a phone call to Gov. Ralph Northam and demanded his resignation after his bizarre press conference on Saturday. Northam is under fire for a racist photo published on his 1984 yearbook page. On Friday, the Democrat first said he was in the photo showing a man in blackface and another one in KKK robes. Then on Saturday he said he was sure he wasn’t in the photo (because he doesn’t remember it)—but said he had darkened his face for a Michael Jackson dance contest the same year. “After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign,” Kaine, Warner, and Rep. Bobby Scottt of Virginia said in a statement. “Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted immense pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders. He should step down and allow the Commonwealth to begin healing.”

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Stars and Stripes

Published  3 weeks ago

Virginia's Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam on Friday acknowledged appearing in a

The Washington Times

Published  3 weeks ago

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Wednesday that while he has darkened his skin before to imitate a black man, he doesn’t think he is in the photo that appears on his 1984 medical school yearbook page showing someone in blackface and another person in a KKK costume.

Mr. Northam, speaking in Richmond, cast himself as a martyr of his times, saying he won’t resign because that would be the easy way out. Instead, he said, he will stay in office to punish himself and to force “a discussion about these difficult issues.”

He acknowledged his version of events over the photo was unlikely to be accepted, saying he realized it convoluted.

But he insisted he didn’t know of the photo’s existence, never bought the yearbook, and despite initially saying it was him, no longer believes that was so.

“I have made mistakes in my life, but what caused this stir-up yesterday, I am not responsible for. That is not me in that photo,” he said. “That’s not me, that’s not who I am.”

The photo is one of four that appear on his page. He said he did submit the other three photos, but says he doesn’t know the origin of the photo showing one person in blackface and another in the white robe and pointed hat of the Ku Klux Klan.

He says he initially wasn’t sure of the photo because he did at one point darken his skin as part of a Michael Jackson dance contest in San Antonio, around the same time as the yearbook.

But he says he thought, consulted with classmates, and now doesn’t think he’s in it.

Mr. Northam, 59, blamed his upbringing in eastern Virginia for his transgressions, he was “not surprised by [the photo’s] appearance” on his yearbook page.

“In the place and time that I grew up, many actions that we rightly recognize as abhorrent today were commonplace,” he said.

He says that while he now believes darkening his face with shoe polish to look like Michael Jackson was wrong, he does not consider that blackface, and he drew a distinction between that and the photo.

Mr. Northam’s decision to remain in office defies the calls of Democrats and Republicans at all levels, from the party’s potential 2020 presidential candidates to his own troops in Virginia’s legislature.

The Democratic caucuses in both the Senate and House of the General Assembly have told him to step aside, as has Virginia Democratic Party Chair Susan Sweck.

Part of the eagerness of Democrats may be their fear of electoral blowback — all 140 assembly seats are up for re-election in November, and having a tainted governor leading them into the campaign could be difficult.

By contrast, they are clearly eager to have Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax lead them. Mr. Fairfax is younger, dynamic — and black.

But Mr. Northam insisted Saturday that Mr. Fairfax backs his decision not to resign.

No Virginia governor has left office early since the Civil War, which would make Mr. Northam’s departure, should it come to that, uncharted territory.

Mr. Northam said he believes he’s the right person to lead the state through a conversation on race.

“We still have a lot of issues to work on as we move forward,” he said. “I really think this is probably a good opportunity to talk about that.”

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SARAH PALIN

Published  3 weeks ago

Former Vice President and potential 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden has all but spelled doom for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

Northam continues to face rising pressure to resign amid a week of controversies.

Earlier in the week, Northam made headlines for voicing his support for fourth-trimester or post-birth abortions. The abortion procedure occurs after the baby is delivered and is commonly referred to as infanticide.

Many people in the pro-life community were shocked by the comments and responded to the governor. Northam said he was misinterpreted, offering very little in the way of an apology or a defense of the comments.

The governor’s week went from bad to worse, TownHall reports, after it was learned a photo on his Eastern Virginia Medical School showed him either dressed in blackface or KKK clothing.

From the report:

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is having a disastrous week. He stepped in it with appalling remarks about late-term abortion. He doubled down, saying he had no regrets, even though many thought he was advocating for straight up infanticide; Virginia Democrats were pushing a bill that would have permitted abortions virtually up until the moment of birth. It was similar to the law New York passed. It’s ghastly. It’s immoral. It’s wrong. And it was rejected.

Then, a yearbook photo of Northam from his days at medical school surfaced. The 1984 Virginia Eastern Medical School photo shows Northam’s page with two men wearing racist costumes, one is wearing blackface while the other is in full-blown Ku Klux Klan. Northam apologized last night, admitting that he was in the photo, but didn’t specify which person.

Dozens of lawmakers are demanding the governor to resign amid the comments, which now includes Joe Biden—widely considered to be the leader of the Democrat Party.

“There is no place for racism in America. Governor Northam has lost all moral authority and should resign immediately, Justin Fairfax is the leader Virginia needs now,” Biden said as NBC News reports.

After apologizing on Friday for the photo, Northam reportedly did a 180 and claims it is not him.

“Virginia Governor Ralph Northam now denies appearing in a racist photograph that he on Friday apologized for, and claims he can prove it wasn’t him Senator Louise Lucas said Saturday,” Daily Mail reports.

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

The Daily Signal

Published  3 weeks ago

A recently unearthed yearbook page for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat who has been under fire this week for his comments about a late-term abortion bill, includes a photo featuring one man in blackface and another man in Ku Klux Klan attire.

“Racism has no place in Virginia,” said Jack Wilson, chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, in a statement Friday. “These pictures are wholly inappropriate. If Gov. Northam appeared in blackface or dressed in a KKK robe, he should resign immediately.”

Both The Washington Post and National Review said they had verified the authenticity of the yearbook page, which was first revealed by website Big League Politics. The page, pictured in the tweet above, is reportedly from the 1984 yearbook of Eastern Virginia Medical School.

Northam’s official biography on the Virginia governor’s website mentions he attended Eastern Virginia Medical School, and also later taught there.

Northam’s office did not immediately respond to an email request for comment from The Daily Signal.

In a statement issued Friday evening, Northam apologized to Virginians and said the behavior depicted in the photo “is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service.”

“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now,” Northam said.

He did not say which person in the photo is him.

The state’s lieutenant governor under Democrat Terry McAuliffe from 2014 to 2018, Northam was elected governor in November 2017 with broad support from the state’s black electorate. His lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, is black.

Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, described by The Washington Post as a “Northam ally,” defended Northam to the Post, saying, “His whole life has been about exactly the opposite and that’s what you need to examine, not something that occurred 30 years ago.”

“While it’s in very poor taste, I would think no one in the General Assembly who would like their college conduct examined,” Saslaw added. “I would hate to have to go back and examine my two years in the Army. Trust me. I was 18 years old and I was a handful, OK? His life since then has been anything but. It’s been a life of helping people, and many times for free.”

Earlier this week, when speaking about a late-term abortion bill in Virginia, Northam made comments in a radio interview that suggested support for infanticide.

“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother,” Northam told WTOP.

Northam defended himself in a later tweet:

An Army veteran who was born and grew up on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Northam is a pediatric neurologist who practiced at a children’s hospital in Norfolk, Virginia.

Here is the full text of the governor’s statement on what it calls the “offensive” photo:

Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive.

I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.

This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.

I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their governor.

National Review

Published  1 month ago

The party’s 2020 contenders are making promises they can’t keep in an effort to win progressives’ favor.

Given the incredible speed of the Twitter-driven news cycle, it’s often hard to stay focused on the developments that truly matter. In the days since Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey unveiled their “Green New Deal,” we’ve seen the headlines lurch from new rape allegations against Virginia lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, to confusion and lies about a background document issued by Ocasio-Cortez’s office that contained some, ahem, vivid interpretations of the Green New Deal (upgrading every building in ten years, sustaining people “unwilling” to work, phasing out nuclear power, and – of course – “farting cows”), and now to anti-Semitic tweets from one of the most celebrated freshman Democrats in Congress.

Each of these mini-tempests is interesting, but let’s keep our eyes on the ball. This is actually important:

— Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) February 7, 2019

And so is this:

The U.S. is the most powerful economy on earth and we must lead the world in the fight against climate change. We can do that by passing the Green New Deal to save the planet and create millions of new jobs.

— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 10, 2019

For those keeping score at home, that’s five prominent contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination embracing the Green New Deal. They haven’t just made vague promises to “combat climate change” or “reduce greenhouse gases.” They’ve signed on to a specific document with specific provisions that urge a series of truly immense political, economic, and cultural changes to fundamentally remake the United States.

Forget the Ocasio-Cortez background document; the actual Green New Deal is extraordinarily radical. It calls for a ten-year “national mobilization” to not only achieve “net zero” emissions but also provide “economic security for all people of the United States.” This means meeting 100 percent of America’s power demand “through clean, renewable, and zero-emission energy sources.” It does appear that many Green New Deal proponents do at least include nuclear power in that mix, but even with nuclear power, that single plank of the Green New Deal is, well, a practical impossibility.

As Slate’s Mike Pesca writes:

The Union of Concerned Scientists hope we can get to 80 percent by 2050. Stanford professor Mark Z. Jacobson, co-founder of the Solutions Project and 100.org—the 100 percent clean, renewable energy movement—has estimated that his goal cannot be achieved by 2030 but holds out hope for 2050. By comparison, renewable energy accounts for only 18 percent of total U.S. power generation.

And we haven’t even gotten to the other elements of the plan, such as “overhauling transportation systems in the United States,” “restoring and protecting threatened, endangered, and fragile ecosystems,” and “providing resources, training, and high-quality education, including higher education, to all people of the United States.” Do I need to bring up the promise to “guarantee a job with a family-sustaining wage, adequate family and medical leave, paid vacations, and retirement security to all people of the United States”? Should I even mention the pledge to provide “all people of the United States” with “high-quality health care”?

Look back at the list of presidential-candidate endorsers of this plan, all experienced politicians, all with years of experience working through the American legislative process. Now look back at the promises above. If you believe for one second that any material provision of the Green New Deal will become policy, you’re being conned.

A competent media could and should prove as much in mere moments. A competent media could and should ask Kamala Harris at every campaign stop for her precise plan to “guarantee a job with a family-sustaining wage” to every person in the U.S. A competent media could and should rush to press Elizabeth Warren about her precise plan to completely overhaul American power generation in a mere ten-year span without crushing the economy.

After all, if a series of Republican presidential candidates pledged together to, say, abolish Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid yet still also guarantee health care and retirement security for all Americans, wouldn’t the media be extremely curious as to how they could pull off such an astounding achievement? The press relentlessly and rightfully pressed Donald Trump on the feasibility of his most outrageous campaign pledges. And, by the way, building a wall and making Mexico pay for it is child’s play compared with the promises in the Green New Deal.

There’s even cover on the left for aggressive, informed questioning. Thoughtful progressives, including Jonathan Chait and others, have excoriated the Green New Deal. Nancy Pelosi is singularly unimpressed. And there is a real need for more like them.

To some, the Green New Deal shows “how grand climate politics can be.” To others, it’s an idea whose “time has come.” It’s what Democratic young people really, really want. Spend five seconds online or on Twitter, and you’ll find a host of progressives simply outraged at the notion that the Green New Deal is impossible or unaffordable. These folks need a public education every bit as intense as the public education attempted after each of Donald Trump’s wildest claims or proposals.

Call me a cynic, but I somehow doubt we’ll see it. For all too many members of the political class, words and promises matter far less than whom you’re with, and whom you’re against. If AOC is for a Green New Deal, then the Democratic contenders will back it, because hers promises to be arguably the second-most-coveted endorsement (after Obama’s) in the 2020 primaries. If AOC triggers Fox News more than any other Democratic politician, then the Democratic contenders will stand firmly behind her every move.

And so the very same people who laughed at Trump supporters and called them rubes for believing Trump’s promises now indulge progressives who believe even more insane promises. This time it’s the Democrats’ turn to tell the wildest tales. It seems they aren’t above Trump-style politics after all.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

In the latest bizarre twist to the multiple scandals rocking Virginia government, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has retained the same law firm that represented now-Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he was going through the confirmation process and faced decades=old sexual misconduct allegations, Fox News has learned.

The woman accusing Fairfax of rape, Dr. Vanessa C. Tyson, meanwhile, has hired the attorneys who represented Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh's accuser, who alleged that he'd thrown her onto a bed and muffled her screams at a high school party.

Fairfax hired the boutique trial firm Wilkinson Walsh Eskovitz last year, when Tyson first took her allegations to The Washington Post.

The Post, which first published Ford's bombshell claims just days before Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation was set for a crucial Senate vote, said it declined to publish Tyson's account at the time because it "could not find anyone who could corroborate" her statements.

But The Post disputed Fairfax's claim that the newspaper had found "red flags" and "inconsistencies" in Tyson's account.

IT GETS WEIRDER: A CERAMIC BOWL COULD DECIDE THE NEXT GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA

Wilkinson founding partner Beth Wilkinson was one of the lead prosecutors in the Oklahoma City bombings, according to her law firm biography page. The firm, which has offices in New York, Washington and Los Angeles, primarily handles complex litigation -- and has represented clients in proceedings involving the Justice Department and Congress.

Meanwhile, Katz, Marshall & Banks LLP, which is representing Tyson, has been a more visible national presence in recent months than Wilkinson's attorneys. Attorney Debra Katz, a liberal activist who previously downplayed sexual misconduct allegations against former President Bill Clinton and former Sen. Al Franken, appeared at Ford's side during her explosive -- and uncorroborated -- testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last year.

Tyson, a professor at Scripps College in California, alleged in a graphic statement released by Katz's firm on Wednesday that Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex in late July 2004, during the Democratic National Convention in Boston.

"With tremendous anguish, I am now sharing this information about my experience and setting the record straight. It has been extremely difficult to relive that traumatic experience from 2004. Mr. Fairfax has tried to brand me as a liar to a national audience, in service to his political ambitions, and has threatened litigation. Given his false assertions, I’m compelled to make clear what happened," she said in the statement.

Hours before the release, Fairfax put out his own updated statement, forcefully denying the allegations but saying that "while this allegation has been both surprising and hurtful, I also recognize that no one makes charges of this kind lightly, and I take it and this situation very seriously.”

Fairfax reiterated that he had a “consensual encounter with the woman who made the allegation” when he was an unmarried law student.

Fairfax added, “These are unprecedented and difficult times. We have the opportunity to prove ourselves worthy of the challenge and come together. I look forward to continuing my work to unify the Commonwealth.”

Should Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam step aside because of his own controversy -- a blackface photograph that recently surfaced on his page in his medical school yearbook, Fairfax would be next in the line of succession to replace him. But that prospect looked increasingly unlikely on Wednesday, with party leaders calling the allegations against Fairfax serious, and freshman Virginia Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton tweeting her support for Tyson.

Adding to the circumstances roiling politics in Virginia, State Attorney General Mark Herring, the next in the line of succession, posted a lengthy statement on Wednesday admitting he, too, had donned blackface -- this, during a college party in 1980. He said he'd brown makeup and a wig to look like a black rapper during a party at the University of Virginia.

Kirk Cox, the conservative Republican speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, follows Herring in the line of succession under the state Constitution, and would assume the governorship if Northam, Fairfax and Herring were to step aside. .

Cox rose to the prominent post because the name of a Republican candidate for the state legislature was drawn randomly out of a ceramic bowl created by a local artist to break a tie in 2017.

Fox News' Garrett Tenney and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

The Atlantic

Published  7 months ago

The DNC’s bid to energize African American turnout this fall began with these words from Chairman Tom Perez in Atlanta: “I am sorry.”

The Bulwark

Published  1 year ago

A brief history of the Northam-Fairfax-Herring scandals. In tiny moving pictures.

It’s been a pretty bad couple of weeks for Democrats in Virginia. It all started when someone discovered Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook which featured a . . . questionable picture.

Governor Northam was all . . .

At which point Virginia Democrats began planning for the future.

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax looked like the party’s salvation. Except for one small problem.

That’s when Gov. Northam decided to hold a press conference and announce that, actually, he wasn’t in the year book picture. But he had worn blackface once. But only in tribute to his idol.

State attorney general Mark Herring was outraged by all of this. And then he was like, “Actually . . .”

Finally, on Friday Gov. Northam announced that he was going to prove it wasn’t him in the picture.

At which point national Democrats were basically . . .

While Republicans were all . . .

And American political life continued to be everything we’ve come to expect.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 years ago

Virginia Democrats are under siege right now over one scandal after another.

Shortly after photos of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam (D) in either blackface or a KKK robe surfaced, Northam’s Lt. Governor was hit with a sexual assault scandal.

On Sunday Big League Politics reported on sexual assault allegations against Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax.

Fairfax is poised to become governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia if racist blackface-KKK Governor Ralph Northam resigns.

Vanessa Tyson accused Lt. Governor Fairfax of sexual assault at the 2004 DNC Convention in Boston.

Early Monday morning Lt. Gov. Fairfax admitted to knowing about the allegations.

Monday evening, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax went into a private meeting with staff and reportedly tried to discredit his accuser by saying, “F*ck that bitch.”

NBC News reported on Justin Fairfax’s use of profane language Monday night to discredit his accuser.

NBC News has learned that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax used profane language in a private meeting Monday night, while referring to his accuser, Dr. Vanessa Tyson.

Two sources tells us Fairfax said of Tyson: “Fuck that bitch.”

— Kasie Hunt (@kasie) February 6, 2019

Justin Fairfax released a statement Wednesday morning addressing his use of profane language Monday evening to attack his accuser’s credibility.

NEW: Virginia Lt Gov Justin Fairfax released a new statement about the sexual assault allegations against him pic.twitter.com/vNGNVvW0wO

— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) February 6, 2019

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