Northam Wants People to Stop Asking Him About His Racist Yearbook Photos: ‘We’ve Turned the Page’

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam would really appreciate it if people would stop asking him about his racist yearbook.

As IJR reported in February, a racist photograph from Northam’s medical school yearbook resurfaced. The photo showed two men, one in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe. Northam originally apologized for the photos, but he then turned around and claimed he wasn’t in the photo.

The governor admitted to wearing blackface while competing in a Michael Jackson dance competition in a press conference in which he also joked about the difficulties of removing shoe polish from one’s face and nearly attempted to demonstrate his moonwalk.

Watch Northam’s press conference:

Shortly after Northam admitted to wearing blackface, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax was accused of sexual assault, and state Attorney General Mark Herring also admitted to wearing blackface, leaving the top three Democrats compromised. None of them ended up leaving their positions.

In May, Northam’s alma mater announced that it had done an investigation into the photos and couldn’t prove that the governor was in either of the pictures. As IJR previously reported, Northam claimed he couldn’t be in either of the pictures because the person in blackface had “larger legs” and the person in the Klan robe was too short.

Northam believes that is solid evidence and wants reporters to move on from the racist yearbook picture and the blackface admission to focus on his gun control efforts.

Josh Rosenthal, a reporter with Fox 5 DC, asked Northam about the photos and was told that the people of Virginia have “turned the page” on that scandal.

Watch Northam’s interview:

“I regret that. I have addressed that, but today, we are talking about gun violence and how to save lives in Virginia. […] We’ve turned the page. Virginians want to move forward. They want a leader, a leader such as me, that has passed Medicaid expansion in Virginia.”

Rosenthal pushed Northam on his claim that “Virginians want to move forward,” noting that many have not. The governor didn’t appreciate the question.

“I think they need to watch what’s going on in Virginia,” he told Rosenthal. “Again, we’re leading Virginia, good things are happening, so it’s time to move forward.”

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Leo
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Leo

I wouldn’t trust this lieing sack of excretment any further than I could throw him while strapped into his car.

Terry L
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Terry L

So basically UNLIKE when a republican is accused of something and the media never drops it even after the accuser RECANTS and confesses to lying they expect the media etc. to just ignore the evidence and actual confession of the accused simply because they are a democrat? Where are the groups who refuse to accept the claim of innocence (the where there is smoke there is fire crowd) when its a republican that is accused, the ones demanding that just being accused requires them to be removed from office regardless of actual guilt? Strange how they are so silent when… Read more »

John C Cecere
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John C Cecere

Yes, we turn the page and see a picture of Northam in Klan Robes.

Tom Bodine
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I’ll bet the POS does.

Chuck Schultz
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who hasn’t ?….we were in a different era . Black and white both had their day with racist comments and other stuff. Everyone has a skeleton in their closet for something….We must move on and make it better! Quit teaching our kids to hate the other. Quit acting out in public ,like your animals. Be civilized,…. and pull your pants up!

John Gorman
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John Gorman

Sure we have “turned the page” but found the Governor on the next page helping out deciding what to do with a live birth late term abrtion. Starve, smother or just inject it with posion. Gotta do something because the “mother” wants that baby DEAD at any cost.

Kilr
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Kilr

Northam is a boil on the butt of humanity. He is lying like a dog about that picture. The people of Virgina need to recall his sorry behind.

Gerald D Cline Jr.
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Typical Democrat. No matter what he has done in the past, if everyone just pretends like it was no big deal and ignores it, it will go away. Every aspect of what a Republican has done, however, is open to throw in their face no matter how trivial, and will disqualify them from office for ever. What a f**king hypocrite…!?!?!

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