President Donald Trump made it clear that the political debacle in Virginia could help Republicans in 2020 — and not in just one state.
As IJR previously reported, the Virginia Democrats have been crumbling for the past two weeks as it became clear that both Governor Ralph Northam (D-Va.) and Attorney General Mark Herring (D-Va.) wore blackface and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D-Va.) has several women accusing him of sexual assault. None of the men have stepped down, despite calls from both sides of the aisle.
During an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News, President Trump explained that the racist photos from Northam and his refusal to resign could help Republicans nationwide to win over African American voters.
“They sort of assumed [Virginia is] a Democrat state and as you know, I did very well there without having gone. I think Virginia’s ready to flip over to something. African Americans are coming to the Republican Party like nobody can believe. A lot of things are happening, a lot of very positive things.”
President Trump also slammed Northam for his botched response to the situation. As IJR previously reported, Norham has faced backlash both times he spoke with the press about the situation. The first time, he joked about having to wash shoe polish off his face and nearly attempted the moonwalk. The second time, he seemed to undermine slavery by calling slaves “indentured servants from Africa.”
Trump focused in on the attempted moonwalk, calling Northam’s entire press conference “pretty sad.”
“I watched his news conference and it was pretty sad. It was a sad look. Let them figure out what to do [about resigning]. Actually, I felt pretty bad for his wife and his wife same him from doing, as you know, Michael Jackson. He was going to try to imitate Michael Jackson with the moonwalk. Nobody can imitate Michael with the moonwalk and this would not have been pretty. You add that little couple of seconds of footage onto what he did. It was a pretty bad situation.”
Although many Democrats want to see Northam go, he’s not taking the hint. On Sunday, he told CBS he’s “not going anywhere.”