A journalist has called out Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, claiming the liberal senator pretended to be on his cell phone when the journalist wanted to ask a question about allegations against Democratic Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.
Fairfax has been accused of sexual assault. Although he initially downplayed the allegation, the woman — who had not stepped forward to publicly identify herself — has retained a law firm in consideration of future action, Fox News reported.
Henry Rodgers, a reporter for The Daily Caller, posted a Twitter video of his second attempt to get Sanders to take a position on the high-profile allegation.
“Bernie is back and and this time he is taking fake phone calls to dodge questions about if he believes Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax’s accuser,” Rogers tweeted.
Bernie is back and and this time he is taking fake phone calls to dodge questions about if he believes Lt. Gov Justin Fairfax’s accuser… WATCH THIS: pic.twitter.com/y6n83qPKit
— Henry Rodgers (@henryrodgersdc) February 5, 2019
The brief video shows a man presumed to be Rodgers informing Sanders that his phone is not making a call after Sanders walks past the questioner without responding to his question about Fairfax.
“Do you believe Justin Fairfax’s accuser?” Rodgers asked. Sanders had his cell phone to his ear during most of the encounter.
“You’re not on the phone, you’re not on the phone. I’m asking you a question,” Rodgers said.
The issue of Sanders, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, and his support for Fairfax arose Friday after a photo made the rounds on the internet that was taken from the medical school yearbook page of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam. The photo showed one person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit, complete with hood.
Sanders was among those who called for Northam to resign.
“Gov. Northam should resign. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax should step in and begin a new day for Virginia,” Sanders tweeted.
Gov. Northam should resign. Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax should step in and begin a new day for Virginia.
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) February 2, 2019
However, Northam, who has since said he was not in the photo in question, has refused to step down. Into this volatile political mix, dormant allegations against Fairfax flared.
Fairfax has denied the allegations as pure politics.
“Does anybody think it’s any coincidence that on the eve of potentially my being elevated that that’s when this smear comes out?” he said Monday, according to The New York Times.
Bernie Sanders on Sept. 27, 2018: “I believe Dr. Ford. Brett Kavanaugh does not belong on the Supreme Court.”
Bernie Sanders today: Will not say whether or not he believes Fairfax’s accuser.
The double standard is unbelievable. pic.twitter.com/WeETlQjIwk
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 5, 2019
During the time when Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was in the midst of his confirmation hearings, Sanders said that Kavanaugh should be rejected because of allegations of sexual misconduct that dated from Kavanaugh’s high school days.
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