Black’s Fairfax said: “We can’t just talk about what’s generally happening in theory, but we have a real example in which I was wrongly accused in 2019.” “Everyone on the stage asks me. Immediately resign, including Terry McAuliffe…. He treated me like George Freud. He treated me like Emmet Till-there was no due process and immediately made me feel guilty.”
CNN has contacted McAuliffe to comment on Fairfax’s statement.
In response, Fairfax said, “The murder of George Floyd was terrible” and added, “It looks back at the history of Virginia and our country, where there are African Americans, especially African Americans. Americans were found guilty and treated humanely. There was no due process.”
Fairfax is one of five Democrats competing for the next governor of Virginia, joining McAuliffe, former Virginia Governor Jennifer Carroll Foy, Del Lee Carter and the State Counsel. Congressman Jennifer McClellan.
Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam (Ralph Northam) cannot run for re-election because the Virginia Constitution prohibits the governor from serving for two consecutive terms.
Fairfax has repeatedly denied the allegations and called for investigations into the allegations. He said he was “confident” that his name would be cleared.
On Tuesday, all Democrats on stage called for Fairfax to resign in some way to oppose the 2019 allegations. McClellan is the leader of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus. At that time, the organization called on Fairfax to resign, but did not personally issue a statement. But the fact is that McAuliffe’s call for Fairfax to resign so quickly has long plagued the lieutenant governor.
McClellan was the second candidate to respond to Fairfax. He said: “The murders of Emmet Teal and George Freud are painful and have triggered generations of Black. Lieutenant Gove’s comparison is shocking, seemingly and insensitive.”
Fairfax’s spokeswoman Lauren Burke responded to criticism of his comments, saying: “As opponents continue to raise judicial reforms and the overall treatment of blacks, no one is responding to them. The allegations were investigated.”
Fairfax’s comments on Tuesday came at the end of a moderate debate whose main purpose was to fight the coronavirus, curb gun violence and reshape criminal justice.
It’s been four years since McAuliffe left the governor, and he is trying to do something that other Virginians rarely do: serve the governor for two terms.
In addition to Fairfax, the other three Democrats present (Carter, Foy, and McClellan) also hope to criticize McAuliffe in different ways, but the focus of the debate is more on each candidate. People’s performance in the office.
McClellan’s most direct attack on McAuliffe occurred when she said that the former governor “should have gone further” during her four years in power.
When talking about how the coronavirus pandemic affects families in Virginia, Foy mentioned her family’s student loan debt and childcare expenses, adding: “We need a governor to understand the challenges faced by families in Virginia. I don’t have to sympathize. Because I understand.”
McAuliffe, like his campaign so far, has focused on his own plans.
When Foy attacked him with a gun, the former governor stated that the bill passed was bipartisan and pointed out that McLellan, who was standing next to him, helped pass the bill.
McAuliffe has repeatedly tried to position himself as the most experienced person, especially in crises such as the coronavirus.
The former governor pledged to focus on the pandemic: “I would like to thank Governor Ralph Northam first,” he said in the first answer to the debate, saying that the Commonwealth will be very Quickly provide enough vaccine doses for everyone (including himself).
The 64-year-old former governor smiled and said: “I haven’t; I’m too young.” “I’m not in the category yet, so I’m still waiting to get the vaccine. But once we raise it, I will get it.” it.”