Virginia’s Democrat governor Ralph Northam is facing increasing demands for his resignation but refuses to let go of power. On Friday night he apologized for appearing in a racist photo in his medical school yearbook. Then on Saturday, he held a bizarre press conference where he claimed he wasn’t in the photo.
FOX News reports:
Northam says he is not in racist yearbook photo, but acknowledges darkening face for another party
Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said Saturday that he was not in a racist 1984 yearbook photo of two men dressed in blackface and Ku Klux Klan garb, despite admitting he was in the picture a day earlier. He did, however, acknowledge darkening his face for another occasion that same year, when he dressed as singer Michael Jackson as part of a talent contest.
The governor also continued to assert that he won’t resign over the photo controversy.
“When I was confronted with the image, I was appalled that it appeared on my page, but I believed then and I believe now that I am not either of the people in that photograph,” he said at a press conference at the governor’s mansion…
Northam said that while he did not attend the party where the picture was taken, he did attend one the same year, for which he said he “darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume.”
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Even Nancy Pelosi wants him to resign!
The photo is racist and contrary to fundamental American values. I join my colleagues in Virginia calling on Governor Northam to do the right thing so that the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia can heal and move forward.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 2, 2019
He’s done. When the leader of your party calls for you to step down, it’s time.
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