Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax have an unfortunate commonality: They both faced sexual assault allegations right before a major moment in their careers.
Last year, Kavanaugh faced allegations of sexual assault from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford just prior to his confirmation. Ford alleged that Kavanaugh assaulted her during a party while the two were in high school. Although she gave a compelling testimony, she was unable to provide any corroborating evidence, including a date, location, or other witnesses.
Kavanaugh was later hit by additional accusations, though two of those claims proved to be false, as IJR previously reported.
Despite the false allegations from other women and the lack of corroborating evidence from Ford, many were quick to condemn Kavanaugh and called for him to be denied a position on the Supreme Court. Along with individuals who condemned Kavanaugh with little evidence, several media outlets quickly latched onto any accusation against the judge.
Many have claimed this treatment isn’t what Fairfax is facing today.
As the lieutenant governor stated, the allegations against him were brought to The Washington Post, but the newspaper refused to publish them. He claimed that the accusations were denied publication because there were “significant red flags and inconsistencies” in his accuser’s story.
Fairfax, of course, is also on the verge of a potential promotion, as Gov. Ralph Northam faces calls for resignation after a photo on his yearbook page resurfaced showing two men, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
— Justin Fairfax (@LGJustinFairfax) February 4, 2019
The Post didn’t echo Fairfax’s story, however. It instead stated:
Fairfax and the woman told different versions of what happened in the hotel room with no one else present. The Post could not find anyone who could corroborate either version. The Post did not find “significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations,” as the Fairfax statement incorrectly said.
Many claimed this reaction was not the reaction the Post had for Kavanaugh’s accusers. It ran several stories about the judge’s accusers without corroborative evidence.
The allegations against Justin Fairfax are already stronger than any allegation made against Brett Kavanaugh. Will they result in the same fierce conviction that he's guilty? https://t.co/5rbI6u8ypx
— David French (@DavidAFrench) February 4, 2019
Republicans are now noting that the long list of Democratic senators who said “we believe her” and “we have to believe her first” in the Kavanaugh hearing – are silent in the Lt Gov Fairfax issue so far. https://t.co/KLi42BR3Vo
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) February 5, 2019
So Wash Post, NBC, New Yorker, etc all ran allegations against Kavanaugh w/out evidence or witnesses but this is why the Post didn’t run the Justin Fairfax story: “Fairfax and the woman told different versions of what happened in the hotel room with no one else present…” (1/2)
— Lisa Boothe (@LisaMarieBoothe) February 4, 2019
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that she believes the main difference in the coverage of Fairfax and Kavanaugh is that Kavanaugh was tied to the Republican Party because of his nomination by President Donald Trump.
She believes that Democrats care less about allegations made against their own party than they do for internal allegations.
Watch the video below:
“[Democrats] only believe, I guess, those accusations if they’re against Republicans,” Sanders said, later adding that the treatment of Kavanaugh during his confirmation was “absolutely disgraceful.”
She wasn’t alone in accusing Democrats of holding Fairfax to a different standard than that of Kavanaugh. Several echoed her sentiments on Twitter.
It’s hard to understand how Democrats couldn’t appreciate that their Kavanaugh standard would inevitably bite them. https://t.co/A28CRaVwtR
— Josh Holmes (@HolmesJosh) February 5, 2019
Claiming Fairfax’s accuser is less credible than Kavanaugh’s- in order to justify media’s obvious double standard- is utterly delusional.
And it just proves that “women have a right to be believed” was a cynical tactic of the Left, to be discarded when inconvenient. Like now.
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) February 5, 2019
While Kavanaugh and Fairfax may see different treatment from the Democratic Party, they could see a similar defense from their accusers. According to NPR, Fairfax’s alleged victim hired the same legal team that Ford had when testifying against Kavanaugh.