After a photo of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam presumably wearing blackface next to a man in KKK garb in his yearbook recently surfaced, the governor looked to quickly jump out and address it.
Amid tremendous backlash, Northam confessed to being in the photo, wholely apologized, but said he would serve out the remainder of his term.
From the Washington Post:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) on Friday acknowledged appearing in a “clearly racist and offensive” photograph in his 1984 medical school yearbook that shows a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now,” he said. “This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”
Northam, 59, did not say whether he was the man dressed in blackface or the one in a Klan robe and hood.
The backlash included many calls for his resignation, including many calls from prominent Democrats. Presidential candidates and local Virginia officials also demanded his resignation.
Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam’s week just went from really, really bad to a full-blown dumpster fire. He made appalling remarks about late-term abortion while commenting on a bill proposed by Democratic House Delegate Kathy Tran that would have essentially legalized abortion up to the point of birth. The bill was rejected, saving Virginia from adopting a similar law that passed in New York that’s just heinous. Abortion extremism was exposed this week, but so was Northam’s apparent problematic past, where he was called “coonman” at the Virginia Military Institute. But the bombshell was an old 1984 yearbook photo from his days at Eastern Virginia Medical School, where two people, one in blackface and the other in Ku Klux Klan garb, are featured on his yearbook page.
The page is real. The Virginia-Pilot confirmed it. It was right there at the school’s library, which the Republicans apparently missed while doing opposition research during the 2017 gubernatorial election. Not even the liberal outlets can defend this, and this isn’t youthful indiscretion; Northam was an adult. In a statement, Northam admitted that he is in the photo
Now, Governor Northam has reportedly made a 180 and is claiming that is not him in the photo.
Check it out, from Daily Mail:
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam now denies appearing in a racist photograph that he on Friday apologized for.
The 59-year-old from Nassawadox has done a complete about face according to a fellow Virginia Democrat who spoke to the Associated Press off the record about a private conversation that had occurred.
It comes as Northam was allegedly calling state lawmakers Saturday to try and gain support so he can remain in office despite top politicians calling on him to resign after seeing a picture of two people wearing a Ku Klux Klan robe and another in blackface.
Desperate Northam is now pulling the Shaggy Defense. We all know it was you. Resign! #NorthamMustResign
— Aryä Shirani 🤷🏻♂️ (@AryaShirani) February 2, 2019
As Rolling Stone reports, citing “a Virginia Democrat familiar with his planning,” Northam is calling his former classmates and is asking them to “jog their memories” of the photo.
“Northam is even considering using facial recognition to prove he is not the one in blackface, although even if that were possible, facial recognition could not prove that Northam isn’t the person wearing the Klan hood,” the report adds.
Ralph Northam: I’m so sorry for my racist photo.
Also Ralph Northam: Wait, I’m not sure if my racist photo has me in it at all.
Me: Oh okay. #NorthamMustResign
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 2, 2019
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has told a source he now believes it is not him in a racist yearbook photo and that he has no recollection of taking the photo, according a top Virginia Democratic source who spoke to the governor on Saturday.
Northam told the source he was in touch with some of his former medical school colleagues who said they believed many of the pictures in the yearbook were mixed up.
Northam did not recall the picture being taken, he told the source, and said he was not involved in the production of the yearbook.
Northam also told the source he is not going to resign.