Virginia governor denies being in racist photo

Virginia governor denies being in racist photo

The Democratic Governor of the USA state of Virginia is resisting mounting calls to resign, backflipping on an earlier admission that he featured in an old yearbook photo featuring a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

A classmate from Eastern Virginia Medical School who Northam said he talked with earlier told him that there were multiple pictures in that 1984 yearbook that were placed on the wrong page.

After the yearbook photo surfaced on Friday, calls for Northam to resign poured in from lawmakers and officials, including several prominent Democratic candidates for the presidency. "No matter the party affiliation, we can not stand for such behavior".

Jackson has called on Northam to resign, rejecting the governor's now-rescinded apology.

Other prominent Democrats - including 2020 presidential candidates Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Julian Castro, a former top USA housing official - have been calling on Northam to resign since Friday. So I, I again as I said in my comments earlier, you know we can agree to disagree, Allen.

In a Twitter on February 2, Former Vice President Joe Biden also asked Northam to resign immediately. "He has been a friend to me and has treated my family and me with hospitality and respect".

Virginia NAACP leaders said Saturday Gov. Ralph Northam has lost the public's trust and must leave office immediately. "Because he is a leftist like most in the media, it did not even get a mention in the MSM".

"Many actions that we rightfully recognize as abhorrent today were commonplace" in the past, Northam said, explaining that he was unsurprised that kind of content made its way into the yearbook. "I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that".

"I believed then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo", Northam said of the image of a man in blackface and a man in KKK garb.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee right asks a question on the first day of budget hearings in Nashville Tenn. Lee
Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee right asks a question on the first day of budget hearings in Nashville Tenn. Lee

Northam initially claimed responsibility and apologized to Virginians in a video Friday night. "That's not me in that photo". "It was offensive, racist and despicable", Northam said on Saturday. Northam admitted he was one of the people in the photo, but didn't specify which person in the photo is him.

He said he was performing as Michael Jackson and put a little bit of shoe polish on his face.

Biden has deep ties in the black community, both from two unsuccessful presidential campaigns but also from two terms as the top lieutenant to the nation's first black president.

Moran said Northam should be given a chance to redeem himself and invoked President Lyndon Johnson's ability to work with conservative Republicans because of his background in Texas.

"None of us are flawless". But he said that Northam's insistence that he was not in the photo was irrelevant.

Beginning Friday evening and continuing through the weekend, politicians across the country have called for Northam to step down as a result of the image. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner joined their fellow Democrat, Rep. Bobby Scott, in calling for Northam to step down, according to Politico.

Both of Virginia's USA senators and one congressman issued a joint statement after Northam addressed the media Saturday saying the governor "must resign".

Democrats may also be feeling increased pressure to deal with the scandal, Sabato said, as they want to prove they do not tolerate this sort of behavior, which has been compared to acts by President Trump.

During Northam's news conference on Saturday, the Democratic National Committee weighed in, with Tom Perez, the DNC chairman, calling for Northam to resign to allow Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax take over as Virginia's governor.

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