Trump stokes Democrats' Virginia turmoil as scandal snares Republican

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You know, being the elder spokesman, a father, a minister, a husband, I find it totally offensive and disrespectful, degrading, it's ugly.

Watson is the second woman to accuse Fairfax of sexual assault following Vanessa Tyson, a college professor who said that he forced her to perform oral sex in 2004 in a hotel room at the Democratic national Convention.

Green said the refusal of Virginia's governor and attorney general to resign after admitting to wearing blackface "is but a symptom of a greater syndrome that now plagues our country as a result of not acting on President Trump's bigotry", the Hill reports.

The declaration comes roughly a week after a racist yearbook photograph sent Virginia's Capitol into disarray, and as most state lawmakers decamp Richmond back to their home districts for the weekend.

"Gov. Northam's refusal to resign for his bigotry is a symptom".

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Herring is one of Virginia's three top state politicians who face controversy.

Meredith Watson alleges Lt Governor Justin Fairfax raped her in 2000 when they were both students at Duke University in North Carolina.

"It is obvious that a vicious and co-ordinated smear campaign is being orchestrated against me".

Northam, a former US Army doctor who took office a year ago, has resisted mounting pressure to resign since a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced last week.

Another Virginia Democrat, Representative Jennifer Wexton, also said Mr Fairfax "must resign". "I call for his immediate resignation", McAuliffe wrote on Twitter.

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Last Friday, Northam's history was called into question after a yearbook photo arose on his page showing two people dressed in blackface and a KKK robe. He first said he was in the picture, then denied it while at the same time acknowledging that he did wear blackface once at a dance contest.

Shortly afterwards, a rightwing website published a claim that Fairfax sexually assaulted Tyson.

Northam told staff at a meeting that he won't leave the governor's office and plans to serve out the next three years of his term in spite of an ongoing scandal over his use of blackface in the 1980s.

Herring, the third-ranking elected official in Virginia, apologised for wearing blackface as a 19-year-old at a college party and said "the shame of that moment has haunted me for decades". Northam apologized for the photo, but denied he was in it.

Trump's tweet came hours before state Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment acknowledged a media report that he was managing editor of a 1968 Virginia Military Institute yearbook awash with racist images and slurs. That changed on Friday, with Democrats rushing to demand that Fairfax step down, too.

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Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly: If all three Democrats resign, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

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