A sexual assault allegation against Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax has added to the chaos in a state already reeling from the publication of Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam’s yearbook page that included a photo featuring one person in blackface and another one in a Ku Klux Klan costume. But more broadly, the allegation will be a test of the Left’s “believe all accusers” standard that has emerged in recent years, most prominently in the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
When the photo of Northam emerged and his response was initially to say he was in the photo, though he later claimed he was not, Democrats were quick to call for his departure. The calls to resign were no doubt a mix of legitimate disgust at the photo and a more cynical calculation knowing that Fairfax — a younger and more charismatic black Democrat — was in line to replace Northam should he resign. Not to mention, abandoning Northam was a convenient way for national Democrats to sidestep questions about whether they agreed with his horrifying recent statements on abortion.
But now there’s a sexual assault allegation against Fairfax, and his accuser has hired the law firm that represented Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford. So what do Democrats do?