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'The Rules' Don’t Apply To Democrats

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Everyone knows that there is an unwritten set of “rules” that has been concocted by the establishment media and other self-appointed arbiters of what is correct and acceptable public language and behavior.

The penalty for breaking these unwritten rules is harsh and swift ritual defamation and most Americans would expect such social sanctions to be applied equally and with an equal perspective: Harass, ridicule, discriminate against or slander any race or creed, black or white, male or female, Christian, Jew or otherwise and the social opprobrium should be the same, right?

To no one’s surprise, events of the past two weeks have proven that these “rules” apply only to conservatives or those not politically engaged on the Left.

Over the course of ten days or so, four prominent Democrats, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Minnesota’s Muslim Democrat Congresswoman Ilan Omar, have broken the top three of the many unwritten rules of acceptable public conduct, and after issuing pro forma apologies or faux outraged denials, come away unscathed.

The most egregious of the four may be Virginia’s Democratic Lt. Governor, Justin Fairfax, who has been credibly accused of sexual assault, by not one, but two women.

Vanessa Tyson, a professor in California, released a lengthy statement last week detailing her alleged encounter with Fairfax during their time at the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston.

"What began as consensual kissing quickly turned into a sexual assault. Mr. Fairfax put his hand behind my neck and forcefully pushed my head towards his crotch. Only then did I realize that he had unbuckled his belt, unzipped his pants, and taken out his penis. He then forced his penis into my mouth," Tyson said in a statement reported by CNN Politics.

After Tyson’s alleged ordeal became public another woman, Meredith Watson, came forward to say that she too was allegedly raped by Lt. Gov. Fairfax.

Ms. Watson’s legal team released to CNN Politics an email exchange between Watson and a former Duke classmate from October 2016, in which Watson responds to an invitation to a fundraiser for Fairfax by saying, "Justin raped me in college and I don't want to hear anything about him. Please, please, please remove me from any future emails about him please, Thank you!"

The “rules” say all women must be believed, the accused should resign due to the seriousness of the charges and all “credible allegations” must be investigated by law enforcement – but so far none of that is happening in the matter of the allegations against Fairfax.

 The “rules” also require immediate and unconditional banishment from public life should any evidence of racism, no matter how old or ill-defined, be found in the public utterances or conduct of any public figure.

So, it would seem to be a no brainer that Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph Northam and Virginia’s Democratic Attorney General Mark Herring should both slink off to an ignominious retirement after being outed for appearing in blackface back in the 1980s.

And let’s be clear about what was going on in their appearances: Neither Northam nor Herring were appearing in make-up to play the African character in Shakespeare’s Othello or as a traditionally African character like “Zwarte Piet” in old Dutch Christmas pageants.

They were blacked-up in the worst tradition of minstrelsy to mock and belittle African-Americans.

When the website Big League Politics broke the story of Democrat Ralph Northam’s racist background and the page in his medical school yearbook depicting him in either blackface or a Ku Klux Klan robe – Northam was uncertain who was who in the picture. Later he decided to change his story and deny any association with the offensive picture and yearbook page, however, the person in blackface looks a lot like Northam, right down to the plaid pants that seem to appear in another contemporaneous photo.

So, we’re not buying Northam’s post-scandal memory loss, after all his nickname at Virginia Military Institute was “Coonman.” While “coon” has long been a racist epithet applied to African Americans it has a special place in minstrelsy.

As for Democrat Attorney General Mark Herring, after he called for Governor Northam to resign in the wake of the Ku Klux Klan and blackface picture scandal, someone apparently reminded him that he too had blackened-up back in the 1980s.

AP broke the story that Democrat Herring admitted that he wore brown makeup and a wig in 1980 to look like a black rapper during a party. Herring said he and two friends dressed up to look like rappers they listened to, including Kurtis Blow.

That the whiter than white bread Herring listens to rap music calls for a suspension of disbelief akin to that required to believe Hillary Clinton when in an interview with the hip-hop morning show “The Breakfast Club” on urban radio station Power 105.1, an interviewer asked her about items she always carried with her and Clinton immediately answered, “Hot sauce.”

Herring is next in line to be governor behind Gov. Ralph Northam and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, but he is certainly Ralph Northam’s equal when it comes to minstrelsy and blacking-up to denigrate African Americans.

A blackface picture would have, and has recently, quickly driven a Republican from office, but Northam and Herring just shrugged it off and refused to countenance the thought of resignation.

To no one’s surprise there has been no sustained media campaign to drive them from office, no baying crowds outside the Governor’s residence or the Virginia Capitol in Richmond, even as Northam continued to pile-up the racially insensitive comments as he tried to dig himself out of the political hole his behavior created.

Since her election last November, Rep. Ilan Omar (MN-5), one of two female Muslim Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, hit a trifecta of anti-Semitic tropes and statements, from claiming Jews “hypnotized the world” to claiming Jews have bought Congress, to claiming that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is the vehicle through which the corruption of Congress is accomplished.

Any Republican guilty of such blatant anti-Semitism would likely have been driven from office immediately, or at a minimum been disavowed by the Republican leadership and removed from his or her committee assignments as evidence of the Party’s rejection of anti-Semitism in all its forms.

Rep. Ilan Omar? She issued a pro-forma blame the victim type apology and remains on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, which is ironically, chaired by Rep. Eliot Engle, a member of the Bipartisan Task Force for Combatting Anti-Semitism.

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