Donald Trump suggests Virginia leadership crisis will help Republicans win state back in 2020
The Virginia Democratic party is facing a crisis after three top leaders in the state found themselves being involved in serious controversies
President Donald Trump on Thursday morning suggested that Virginia's ongoing Democratic leadership crisis will help the Republicans win the state back in the 2020 elections.
"Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia,” he tweeted. “If the three failing pols were Republicans, far stronger action would be taken. Virginia will come back HOME Republican) in 2020!” Trump tweeted.
Trump's tweets comes after a series of shocking revelations that have rattled the Virginia Democratic Party. Days after Governor Ralph Northam was slammed for wearing blackface after a racist photo from his medical school yearbook emerged, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Wednesday revealed that he had once wore blackface too in the 1980s.
Meanwhile, Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax has also found himself deeper into a scandal after the woman who has accused him of sexual assault released further details this week.
Shortly after the racist picture of the Virginia Governor donning blackface for a Michael Jackson costume at a dance contest emerged online, leadership at both sides of the aisle called for his resignation. The picture, which was circulated last week by the conservative website Big League Politics, showed one person wearing blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
Northam, at first, issued an apology for the picture, however, he appeared to change his stance on Saturday when he said that he was not in the "offensive, racist photo." However, the governor, in his apology, did admit to blackening his face in the 1980s with shoe polish for a Michael Jackson costume at a dance contest, according to USA Today.
Shortly after the shocking revelation, Herring, third in line for the state's leadership, on Wednesday announced that he and some of his friends in the 1980s had dressed as black rap artists at a party when was a 19-year-old undergraduate.
"It sounds ridiculous even now writing it,” Herring said. “But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.” Herring is vying for the governor's seat in 2021.
Fairfax, second in the leadership line, meanwhile, also released a statement on Wednesday denying the sexual misconduct allegations laid against him by Vanessa Tyson.
Tyson, a political science professor at Scripps College in California, in a statement issued by her lawyers, claimed that she had met Fairfax at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. She said that the duo had conversed intermittently and Fairfax had later invited her to his motel room to pick up some documents.
"What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into sexual assault," she said, adding that he forced her to perform oral sex on him.
The lieutenant governor, however, has denied all the allegations, saying that their encounter was consensual. "Reading Dr. Tyson's account is painful. I have never done anything like what she suggests. As I said in my statement this morning, I have nothing to hide. Any review of the circumstances would support my account, because it is the truth. I take this situation very seriously and continue to believe Dr. Tyson should be treated with respect. But, I cannot agree to a description of events that simply is not true," Fairfax said in a statement.