Virginia’s Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax is in a world of trouble. One woman accused him of sexual assault, and another came out and accused him of rape. It’s awkward, because Democrats have always told us that women need to be believed no matter what. Surely, they’ll apply those same beliefs here, right?
Fairfax released a statement on the accusations. He denies that he sexually assaulted or raped either of them, but he DOES acknowledge that they had, um, relations.
“I say again without reservation: I did not sexually assault or rape Meredith Watson, Vanessa Tyson or anyone else,” Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said in the statement.
“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,” he continued.
If he’s admitting that something CONSENSUAL happened and they’re saying something NON-CONSENSUAL happened, who are we supposed to believe? There weren’t cameras there. It’s totally he-said she-said.
“Regarding Ms. Watson, I knew Ms. Watson in college both before and after the encounter, and she never said to me that our interaction was not consensual or caused her any discomfort,” Fairfax added.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. I’m suspicious of any woman who suddenly decides to speak up about a “traumatic” experience almost 20 years later. It doesn’t make sense to me. I absolutely believe that he should have the chance to clear his name. However, liberals shouldn’t change THEIR attitudes just because he’s a Democrat (and some of them are). THAT’S what really gets to me.
Anyway, Fairfax could face articles of impeachment Monday, but I’m not sure if it would actually do anything, because I think it only covers misconduct that occurred while the individual was in office– not before. I think. Either way, one of his accusers says she would testify at his impeachment proceedings, so that would be…something.
Her attorneys wrote:
“In response to two credible claims of sexual assault, by women with no connection to one another, Lt. Governor Fairfax has claimed that the women lied about what he insists were consensual sexual encounters and has baselessly and callously attempted to discredit these women,” Katz and Banks write.
“We are confident that once the Virginia legislature hears Dr. Tyson’s harrowing account of this sexual assault, the testimony of many corroborating witnesses, and evidence of his attempts to mislead the public about The Washington Post’s decision not to run a story in 2018, it will conclude that he lacks the character, fitness and credibility to serve in any capacity,” they continue.
We’ll have to wait and see what happens.
h/t The Hill