If you were to ask a professional psychic, he or should would likely predict that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax’s previously nascent career in politics is now officially toast.
Why? Because only days after a highly respected Scripps College professor and Stanford University fellow released a statement detailing the way Fairfax had allegedly sexually assaulted her 15 years ago, another woman came forth to issue a similar accusation against the embattled Democrat.
But instead of acknowledging these accusations and noting that both accusers deserve to be heard, the lieutenant governor accused the women of running a “vicious and coordinated smear campaign.”
What ever happened to #BelieveAllWomen?
Statement from VA Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax denying second sexual assault allegation, ends with “I will not resign.” pic.twitter.com/Tuj81iPRP7
— Sarah McCammon (@sarahmccammon) February 8, 2019
In response, the attorneys for Fairfax’s second accuser, Meredith Watson, issued a statement Friday that outlined how — after he allegedly raped their client while studying at Duke University in 2000 — he’d had the gall to boast to her how he’d done it because he’d known she’d stay quiet.
“Ms. Watson was raped by a basketball player during her sophomore year at Duke. She went to the Dean, who provided no help and discouraged her from pursuing the claim further. Ms. Watson also told friends, including Justin Fairfax,” her attorneys wrote.
“Mr. Fairfax then used this prior assault against Ms. Watson, as he explained to her during the only encounter she had with him after the rape. She left a campus party when he arrived, and he followed her out. She turned and asked: ‘Why did you do it?’ Mr. Fairfax answered: ‘I knew that because of what happened to you last year, you’d be too afraid to say anything.'”
Here’s that new statement pic.twitter.com/dSf82RhaG9
— Max Smith (@amaxsmith) February 9, 2019
What Fairfax had not counted on was his other victims speaking up and inspiring Watson to speak up as well. And thanks to her taking a stand against his alleged abuse, practically the entire Democrat Party is now demanding that step down from office immediately.
My statement below on Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax: pic.twitter.com/chu4oSdnbh
— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) February 8, 2019
These credible and troubling allegations from Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson make it clear that Lt. Gov Fairfax should resign. My heart goes out to these brave women and their families.
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) February 8, 2019
The multiple detailed allegations against the Lt. Gov. of Virginia are deeply troubling. They are serious, credible, and corroborated by others. It is no longer appropriate for him to serve. He should resign.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 8, 2019
With this second serious and credible allegation of sexual assault, Justin Fairfax should resign. This is not a partisan issue.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) February 8, 2019
I believe Dr. Vanessa Tyson.
I believe Meredith Watson.
And I believe Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax must resign.
— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) February 8, 2019
I agree with the joint statement from the Virginia House and Senate Democrats. Very serious and credible allegations have been made by two women against Lieutenant Governor Fairfax. He needs to resign.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 9, 2019
These are serious crimes and deeply disturbing and he should resign. This is a very difficult time for the State of Virginia. Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax faces second sexual assault allegation – CNNPolitics https://t.co/pavnDcESnX
— Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) February 9, 2019
Lieutenant Governor Fairfax should resign. The allegations against him detail atrocious crimes, and he can no longer effectively serve the Commonwealth. We cannot ever ignore or tolerate sexual assault.
— Tim Kaine (@timkaine) February 9, 2019
The allegations by Dr. Vanessa Tyson and Meredith Watson are corroborated, painful stories of sexual assault and rape. It’s clear Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax should resign his office.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 9, 2019
The recent allegations against Lt Governor Fairfax are disturbing and extremely serious. Both allegations must be investigated immediately. If either is found to be true – and there appears to be significant corroborating evidence – then the Lt Governor should resign immediately.
— Rep. Bobby Scott (@BobbyScott) February 9, 2019
The National Organization of Women is calling on Justin Fairfax to resign as Virginia’s lieutenant governor.
“This is more important than who is going to be the next governor of Virginia.” pic.twitter.com/mIe1is97E6
— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) February 6, 2019
VA Senate Democratic caucus—the 19 D senators who work with Justin Fairfax—just asked Fairfax to resign. Very bad news for him. #CommonwealthofChaos
— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) February 9, 2019
To say it’s over for Fairfax would be an understatement. Even his allies in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus have called for his resignation.
“In light of the most recent sexual assault allegations against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus believes it is best for Lt. Governor Fairfax to step down from his position,” they wrote in a statement published roughly an hour after Watson’s attorneys essentially accused Fairfax of premeditated rape.
Virginia Legislative Black Caucus Statement on Most Recent Sexual Allegations Against Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax pic.twitter.com/Bbj8sn4gF5
— VLBC (@VaBlackCaucus) February 9, 2019
And unlike with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, whom many suspect will survive the blackface scandal that erupted last week, with Fairfax the chances of weathering the storm are zilch.
In fact, Virginia state representatives are already prepping articles of impeachment against him.
“On Monday, I will be introducing articles of impeachment for Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax if he has not resigned before then,” state Rep. Patrick Hope announced early Friday evening.
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
It’s clear that the question now isn’t whether or not Fairfax is toast — it’s whether he’d like butter or jam with his toast.
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