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Justin Fairfax Accuses Terry McAuliffe of Treating Him Like Emmett Till

“Everyone here on this stage called for my immediate resignation, including Terry McAuliffe three minutes after a press release came out,” Mr. Fairfax mentioned. “He treated me like George Floyd, he treated me like Emmett Till, no due process, immediately assumed my guilt. I have a son and I have a daughter, and I don’t want my daughter to be assaulted, I don’t want my son to be falsely accused. And this is the real world that we live in. And so we need to speak truth to power and we need to be very clear about how that impacts people’s lives.”

Mr. McAuliffe didn’t reply to Mr. Fairfax on the controversy stage. His spokesman declined to handle the remarks.

In February 2019, amid a concurrent scandal involving a medical college yearbook {photograph} of Gov. Ralph Northam in blackface, two ladies accused Mr. Fairfax of sexually assaulting them in separate episodes — allegations that Mr. Fairfax has at all times denied. Mr. Fairfax confronted a torrent of requires his resignation. Weeks later, in a speech on the ground of the Virginia Senate, he in contrast himself to lynching victims.

Mr. Fairfax was not the one candidate on Tuesday night time to attempt to cleave Black voters from Mr. McAuliffe. The scant public polling of the race has discovered Mr. McAuliffe holding sizable leads over his 4 opponents, and no survey has proven him with lower than a two-to-one benefit over his closest rival.

Jennifer McClellan, a state senator who’s working for governor, accused Mr. McAuliffe of underfunding the state’s parole system, reducing offers with the National Rifle Association throughout his time period as governor and being a late advocate for racial justice.