Tucker Carlson on Wednesday led criticism of a Virginia politician hoping to be elected state governor, who compared himself to George Floyd and Emmett Till.
Justin Fairfax, the Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, was charged with sexual assault in 2019 and vehemently denies the allegations, saying the relationships were consensus.
On Tuesday evening, he said during the governors’ debate that he understands what it’s like to be falsely accused and denied due process – the way Emmett Till and George Floyd didn’t get a chance.
Fairfax, 42, who is black, said that, like her, he knew what it was like to deny justice.
“What a hall of famer,” Carlson said Wednesday night, speaking in disbelief at the comment.
Justin Fairfax, pictured during Tuesday’s debate, comparing himself to Floyd and Till
Tucker Carlson said Wednesday night that the Fairfax comparison was shocking
He didn’t explain why these allegations were untrue, he admitted that he knew them, they are absolutely real people.
They essentially charged him with rape.
“And he’s Emmett Till, a Chicago kid killed in Mississippi?”
Till was tortured and murdered in Mississippi in 1955 at the age of 14 for talking to a white woman. Floyd died while being arrested last May for using a fake $ 20 bill.
Fairfax is one of five Democrats hoping to replace Ralph Northam – who cannot serve a consecutive term in office – in November.
The five candidates for the Democrat nomination to run in November’s gubernatorial election: From the Left – Lee Carter, Terry McAuliffe, Jennifer McClellan, Jennifer Carroll Foy and Fairfax
Another contender, Senator Jennifer McClellan, later condemned his comments.
“The murders of Emmett Till and George Floyd were traumatic and spawned generations of black people,” she said through her spokesperson, Rhyan Lake.
“The Lieutenant-Government comparison was shocking, inappropriate and insensitive.”
Adele McClure, the executive director of the state’s black caucus, said his comments were “ shameful. ”
Justin has been repeating his appalling comparison to Emmett Till since 2019.
My heart goes out to the survivors tonight as Justin Fairfax keeps repeating these traumatizing and damaging talking points that will be replayed over and over.
“This damage is not new and cannot continue.”
The issue arose when candidates were asked about police action in the state during their first governmental debate in light of the current Minneapolis trial of Derek Chauvin, charged with the murder of George Floyd.
George Floyd’s murder was horrific, but it recalls a history in Virginia and in our country where African Americans – and African American men in particular – are believed to be guilty, treated inhumanely, denied a fair trial, and their lives have had an impact, and in some cases taken them away in the blink of an eye, “Fairfax said.
‘In the interest of speaking truth to power here … we can’t just talk theoretically about what’s going on in general.
“ But we have a real-world example where I was falsely accused in 2019. ”
Fairfax said the other four on the podium – former Governor Terry McAuliffe; former state representatives Jennifer Carroll Foy and Lee Carter; and McClellan – all rushed to judgment.
Fairfax is accused by Meredith Watson of raping her in 2000, while Vanessa Tyson says he assaulted her in 2004.
On Tuesday evening, Tyson tweeted after the debate, “Let me be very clear: I do NOT regret coming out publicly about the traumatic assault that took place in Boston in July 2004.
I support my decision to come forward and the statement I made in February 2019. There was NO conspiracy against an elected official. ‘
Fairfax vehemently denies their allegations.
Fairfax is pictured in April 2020 gawking in the Virginia Senate in Richmond
One of the Fairfax prosecutors said on Tuesday evening that she was behind her accusations
“Everyone here on this stage called for my immediate resignation, including Terry McAuliffe three minutes after a press release came out,” Fairfax said.
‘He treated me like George Floyd, he treated me like Emmett Till, without due process, immediately took my blame.
‘I have a son and I have a daughter. I never want my daughter to be attacked. I don’t want my son to be falsely accused.
And yet this is the real world we live in.
“And so we have to speak the truth to power and be very clear about how it affects people’s lives.”
It’s not the first time Fairfax has compared him to black people killed by whites.
In 2019, when the sexual assault allegations were first leveled, Fairfax likened himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims in a surprise speech to the Senate, opposing widespread calls to resign.
Vanessa Tyson (pictured) accused Fairfax of forcing her to have oral sex in his hotel room at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston
“ I’ve heard a lot about anti-lynching on the floor of this Senate, where people didn’t get trial at all, and we regret that, ” Fairfax said, referring to legislation passed by the General Assembly expressing “ deep regret ” about lynching. . in Virginia between 1877 and 1950.
“And we’re talking about hundreds, at least 100 terror lynching parties that have taken place in the Commonwealth of Virginia under those same auspices,” he said.
“And yet here we are in a hurry for judgment with nothing but accusations and no facts and we decide we are willing to do the same.”
When he finished his impromptu five-minute speech, bewildered senators sat in uncomfortable silence.