Dems Finally Call for Northam’s Resignation — He’s Now Denying He Was in the Controversial Photo

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At first, a Virginia Democrat defended Gov. Ralph Northam amid backlash over an old photo that surfaced, but now, Democrats are aligning in calling for the governor’s resignation.

At the start of Black History Month, a 1984 medical school yearbook photo of Northam surfaced showing two men with one dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit and the other in blackface.

The governor apologized Friday for the “clearly racist and offensive” photo, taking responsibility in “the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.”

Northam released another apology, saying in a video that he apologizes “for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor.” He added that the photo “does not reflect that person I am today.”

He also said that he’s “ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust.”

Check out the yearbook photo below:

As IJR Red noted, Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (D-Fairfax) defended the “very poor taste” photo when he said, “no one in the General Assembly […] would like their college conduct examined.”

To other Democrats, as well as left-wing organizations, Northam’s apology fell short and they called for his resignation.

Several Democratic candidates who are running in the 2020 presidential election also showed strong criticism toward Northam’s surfaced photo.

As IJR Red reported, both Virginia Sens. 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.

On Saturday, the Democratic Party of Virginia announced that they allowed Northam to “do the correct thing” and resign but received “word he will not do so this morning.”

“We stand with Democrats across Virginia and the country calling him to immediately resign,” they wrote. “He no longer has our confidence or our support.”

Despite his apology on Friday about the “photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive,” Northam backtracked by telling the state Democrats he didn’t believe the yearbook photo was of him, according to reports.

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James
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This action in VA should be called by its’ proper name – “infanticide”; or in a simpler word – MURDER. Northam and the legislator who proposed this Law should be charged with being accessories to MURDER.

John Kretzschmar
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This is a teachable moment.

The shockingly offensive photo tells a story of what the current governor thought was appropriate back in 1984. After it came to life, he correctly describes it as racist and offensive. He may have changed in the interim, but he hasn’t taken responsibility for believing it was appropriate to have this photo in his college album.

He MUST resign, and sadly as of Groundhog Day, he is the only person thinking that needn’t happen.

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