Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax compares himself to Jim Crow-era lynching victims during an impromptu speech on Sunday amid calls for his resignation prompted by sexual assault allegations.
Fairfax said: “I’ve heard much about anti-lynching on the floor of this very Senate, where people were not given any due process whatsoever, and we rue that. And we talk about hundreds, at least 100 terror lynchings that have happened in the Commonwealth of Virginia under those very same auspices,” the AP reports.
“And yet we stand here in a rush to judgment with nothing but accusations and no facts and we decide that we are willing to do the same thing.”
Fairfax is digging in and refuses to resign.