Senator Mark Warner (D-Va.) appeared to walk back from his initial comments demanding for fellow Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam (D-Va.) to resign, instead calling on the governor to “get out and start to try and re-earn the trust of Virginians” during a Sunday appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Jake Tapper.
During the interview, Warner seemed to rescind his previous comments where he said the governor “had lost the faith of the people of Virginia” and called for Northam to step down, saying Northam had “the right to try and regain that faith” if he was “going to continue to stay.”
“If the governor is going to continue to stay, what he needs to do is get out and start to try to re-earn the trust of Virginians. When I called for his resignation along with [Senator] Tim Kaine (D-Va.), we said the governor had lost the faith of the people of Virginia. He has a right to try to regain that faith.”
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When asked if he believed that Northam and Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D-Va.) — who is currently facing sexual assault allegations — should resign, Warner said “[they] made [their] call weeks ago” and “there needs to be a process in place so that they can go about trying to re-earn the faith of Virginians.”
Warner — alongside fellow Democratic Virginia lawmakers Rep. Robert C. Scott (D-Va.) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) — originally called for the resignation of Northam after a racist photo was found on one of his old medical school yearbook pages. Northam has refused to step down in the face of the scandal and has consistently denied allegations that he is depicted in the photo.
The two women who have accused Fairfax of sexual assault have been invited by the Virginia House of Delegate Republicans to testify in front of the Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee.