Earlier in the week, Virginia governor Ralph Northam backed a controversial bill that would allow mothers to “abort” their children after they are already born.
The bill was shot down by Virginia House Republicans, but Northam was still met with severe criticism for comments he made on a local radio station.
Northam now finds himself in even hotter water, after yearbook photos in a KKK outfit and blackface surfaced online.
This is the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam. This is an excerpt from his yearbook. Take a look at the photo on the far right. If a Republican did this, they’d be ripped apart and have their career ruined forever. pic.twitter.com/cCefYku6qB
— Ryan Fournier (@RyanAFournier) February 1, 2019
It also came out that Northam’s nickname in college was allegedly “The Coonman.”
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 2, 2019
Northam is facing backlash from both sides of the aisle, and prominent Democrats are calling on him to resign from office.
Governor Ralph Northam must resign. There is no excuse for the shockingly racist picture. I note that Florida Republican Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned last month for being in blackface. This picture is even worse. It’s blackface next to a KKK figure. https://t.co/0Ujze6odGW
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 2, 2019
Let’s take a moment to make sure that really is Virginia Governor Ralph Northam in that KKK/blackface photo. This thing was “exposed” by right wing loons, so let’s get the facts. But if that is him, he MUST resign. No excuses. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is plenty capable.
— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) February 1, 2019
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— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 2, 2019
Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 2, 2019
The image from Ralph Northam’s yearbook is sickening and unless there is some miraculous explanation for all of this that makes sense, he should resign immediately.
I don’t care whether you are a Republican or a Democrat. If you do something that’s racist, you RESIGN!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) February 1, 2019
Amidst the pressure, Northam released a video address on Twitter, but did not indicate that he will be resigning.
My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me. pic.twitter.com/1rSw1oxfrX
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 2, 2019