“We can’t talk theoretically about what usually happens, but we have a real-world example where I was wrongly accused in 2019,” Fairfax said. “Everyone here called for my immediate resignation, including Terry McAuliffe. … He treated me to George Floyd. He treated me like Emmett Till – no due process, immediately assuming my guilt. “
CNN has reached out to McAuliffe for comment on Fairfax’s statement.
Fairfax said during the response that “the murder of George Floyd was horrifying, adding to it” recalls a history in Virginia and in our country, where African Americans, especially African American men, are convicted as inhumans with them Behaved. No due process. “
Fairfax is one of five Democrats to become the next governor of Virginia, joining McAuliffe, the former Virginia state of Dale.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam cannot run for reunification, as the Virginia Constitution prohibits governors from serving two successive terms.
Fairfax has repeatedly denied the allegations and asked for an investigation into the allegations, saying he was “convinced” that this would clear his name.
All Democrats on Tuesday, somehow, called Fairfax to resign on the charges in 2019. McClean was a leader in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus when the group called for Fairfax to resign, but did not personally make a statement. But it is the fact that McAuliffe asked Fairfax to resign so soon that it bothered the lieutenant governor for a long time.
McClain was the first candidate to react to Fairfax on Tuesday, stating, “The killing of Emmett Till and George Floyd was painful and triggering for generations of black people. The comparison of Lieutenant Gove was shocking, unfair and insensitive.”
Fairfax spokesman Lauren Burke responded to criticism of her comments, saying, “There were no people investigating these allegations as their opponents continued to improve justice and the overall treatment of black men.”
Fairfax’s remarks came to an end on Tuesday in an otherwise heated debate focused primarily on battling coronoviruses, curbing gun violence and bringing criminal justice back.
The four-year-old McAuliffe removed from his time as governor is attempting to do something that some other Virginians have done: serve two terms as governor.
In addition to Fairfax, three other Democrats – Carter, Foy and McClain – also looked to McAuliffe for critics in different ways, but the bulk of the debate was more focused on what each candidate would do in office.
McCliffon’s most direct attack on McClelliffe was when he said that during his four years in the former governor’s office, he “could go farther” on guns.
Speaking of how the coronovirus epidemic has affected families in Virginia, Foe noted his family’s student loan debt and the cost of child care, stating, “We need a governor who helps Virginia families Understands the challenges we face. I don’t need to be sympathetic. ” Because I understand. “
McAuliffe, like his campaign to date, is largely focused on his plans.
When Foy attacked him with guns, the former governor said the bill that was passed was bipartisan and noted that McClain, who was standing next to him, had helped pass it.
McAuliffe repeatedly attempted to position himself as the person with the most experience for the job, especially in the midst of crises such as the coronaires.
The former governor pledged to focus on the epidemic – “I first want to thank Gov. Ralph Northam,” he said in his first reply to the debate – and said there would soon be enough vaccine supplements for everyone in the Commonwealth. .
The 64-year-old former governor said with a smile, “I still don’t have one; I’m too young.” “I don’t fit the category yet, so I’m still waiting to get my vaccine. But I’ll get it as soon as we move it.”