Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) made an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, where he backtracked on his own calls for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) to resign.
“Listen, as somebody who spent 20 years trying to build a brand about Virginia Democrats and candidly Virginia, where we most recently won the award of the Amazon headquarters, it’s been very challenging,” Warner told Jake Tapper.
“But if the governor and lieutenant governor are going to continue, I think the lieutenant governor needs — there needs to be a due process where the accusers get a chance to make their case, where the lieutenant governor gets to make his defense,” Warner continued.
When Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was viciously smeared by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as a sexual predator during his confirmation hearings, Democrats were much less lenient with the idea of “due process.” Instead of giving Kavanaugh a chance to prove his innocence, they demanded he immediately withdraw his name from consideration.
“And one of the things, if the governor is going to continue to stay, what he needs to do is get out and start to try to re-earn the trust of Virginians,” Warned said. “When I called for his resignation along with my friend Tim Kaine, we said the governor had lost the faith of the people of Virginia. He has a right to try to regain that faith but I believe that will involve him getting out and making that case to Virginians.”
Again, the Democratic Party double-standard is highlighted. No Republican in the same situation as Northam would be afforded the opportunity to “re-earn the trust” of his constituents. Instead, he would be ruthlessly attacked until he resigned in disgrace.
Tapper pressed a bit further before the end of the segment asking for a “yes” or “no” on whether both men should step down. Warner again dodged the question.
“Listen, I think that we’ve made our – we made our call weeks ago,” he said. “If both of these gentlemen are going to stay, there needs to be a process in place that they can go about trying to re-earn the faith of Virginians.”
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