The Virginia governor Ralph Northam has refused to resign, despite widespread calls for him to step down in response to the publication of a decades-old picture the Democrat admitted showed him dressed as either a member of the Ku Klux Klan or in blackface.
A photo of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam that surfaced Friday has folks in the Commonwealth State, and those around the country, wondering if he'll resign.
The yearbook images were first published Friday afternoon by the conservative news outlet Big League Politics. The photo appeared in Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook.
Ralph Northam, already beleaguered by affirming infanticide in a radio interview, ended the week confronted by the unearthing of a medical school yearbook photo showing a man in blackface and another person in a hooded KKK-style robe. It's 2019, 35 years later; what Northam thought was in good taste when he was 25 says next to nothing, I think, about his beliefs and actions today, when he is 60.
"When I was confronted with the image, I was appalled that it appeared on my page, but I believed then and I believe now that I am not either of the people in that photograph", he told reporters at the governor's mansion.
His quote is given as: 'There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I'll have another beer'.
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Democratic Senator from NY and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand said "Americans deserve to be respected by their leaders" and that racism could not be excused in government or anywhere else.
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Northam has faced after multiple calls for him to resign after the yearbook image was wide spread on Friday.
The official was not authorized to speak on the record to detail a private conversation.
Protesters gathered in front of his office in Richmond, Virginia, waving signs demanding he step down. He also said Northam had personally reached out to him to express regret. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D) condemned the photo and told Northam to "carefully consider what comes next" but didn't push for him to resign.
"These pictures rip off the scabs of an excruciatingly painful history and are a piercing reminder of this nation's sins".
"There's no question the tide turned", said one ally, who had been briefed by the governor's senior staff.
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Two African-American senators and would-be nominees, Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California, joined the calls. Donald McEachin, Abigail Spanberger and Elaine Luria, also urged Northam to step down.
The racist photograph shows one person dressed in blackface and another in the KKK's signature white hood and robes.
Northam's departure would mean current Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, a Democrat who is only the second African-American to win statewide office in Virginia, would be the next governor.
Northam, 59, grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the fishing village of Onancock.
"In light of his public admission and apology for his decision to appear in the photo, he has irrevocably lost the faith and trust of the people he was elected to serve", the caucus said.
"It's a matter of relationships and trust".
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