Trump Reflects On Northam’s Election: Why Wasn’t The Photo Brought Up Then?

On Saturday, President Trump took to Twitter and reflected on the narrowly-won race between now-Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie.

Trump suggested had the photo of Northam wearing either blackface or a KKK outfit been brought up during the campaign, the subsequent controversy would have easily settled the election.

“Ed Gillespie, who ran for Governor of the Great State of Virginia against Ralph Northam, must now be thinking Malpractice and Dereliction of Duty with regard to his Opposition Research Staff. If they find that terrible picture before the election, he wins by 20 points!” Trump said in a tweet.

As Politico reports, Gillespie somewhat distanced himself from President Trump during the campaign and refused to ask the president for help.

“Gillespie appears to remain a sore spot for Trump, who was shunned by the Republican nominee during the high-profile 2017 election,” Politico reports.

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Gillespie, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee and counselor to George W. Bush, never invited Trump to campaign. After Northam won, Trump tweeted that Gillespie “did not embrace me or what I stand for.”

Northam has been facing calls to resign after a picture in his medical school yearbook page surfaced showing two men dressed in blackface and a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Northam initially apologized for the photo but later insisted that neither of the two men was him.

In another tweet on Saturday evening, the president said Northam’s comment earlier in the week on post-birth abortions was “the most horrible statement.”

Trump tweeted:

Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, “I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.” This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most horrible statement on “super” late term abortion. Unforgivable!

During a Fox News interview, Washington Free Beacon editor-in-chief Matthew Continetti argued that the Virginia Governor “has been at the center of multiple firestorms this week that may permanently damage his reputation.”

Continetti went on to describe Northam’s situation as a “terrible week” and said his “political career [is] in a death spiral.”

“Well it’s never a good day for a politician when you’re confronted with the yearbook photo and the Washington, D.C., community in your state is trying to figure out whether you’re the one in blackface or the one under the Klan hood,” Continetti said, via Fox News. “This is a terrible end of the week for Northam, a week that didn’t start well either with his comments … Northam seemed to be defending, in that radio interview, post-birth abortion, otherwise known as infanticide. This is a political career in a death spiral.”

Democratic strategist Leslie Marshall and national security adviser Morgan Ortagus also chimed in. Here’s more:

Meanwhile, Ortagus called for Northam to resign, telling the panel that there was “no excuse” for the yearbook photo, stressing that Northam posed for it in the 1980s while he was a young adult in medical school. She also suggested that Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax can “gracefully” replace Northam if he resigns.

That resignation could come soon, as top members of Northam’s own party have been calling loudly for his departure. The list includes 2020 presidential candidates, such as Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand, as well as former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and various liberal groups like MoveOn.org and Planned Parenthood.

 

Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.

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