Calls Mount For Northam To Resign Over 'Disturbing' Yearbook Photo

Calls Mount For Northam To Resign Over 'Disturbing' Yearbook Photo

As the photo bounced around the internet Friday, both local and national politicians rushed to denounce Northam.

Northam said he would not resign on Saturday morning, according to the Virginia Democratic party.

California Senator Kamala Harris, another African-American running for president, tweeted that "the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government".

"I could spare myself from the hard path that lies ahead".

"I believe now and then that I am not either of the people in this photo", Northam said, denying that he had ever worn a KKK robe and hood or been drunk enough to forget a moment like this. "I can not in good conscience chose the path that would be easier for me in an effort to duck my responsibility to reconcile". He said he'll convene a meeting of leadership and others to address the issue.

The governor, who was elected to the position in November 2017, is now facing calls to resign.

His refusal to resign signals a potential bruising fight between Mr Northam and his former supporters.

The image is in a 1984 yearbook from Eastern Virginia Medical School on a page with photos of Northam and personal information about the future governor.

"When we talk about third-trimester abortions, these are done with the consent of obviously the mother, with the consent of the physicians, more than one physician, by the way", Northam said.

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Northam did not recall the picture being taken, he said, and said he was not involved in the production of the yearbook.

That certainty had apparently dissolved by Saturday, when Northam was reportedly making calls to obtain more information about the photo and casting doubts about whether either of the people in the black-and-white image was actually him.

Other prominent black political figures called on Northam to resign Friday night, including Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass and House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries. Despite his many years of public service, Governor Ralph Northam can no longer effectively lead and govern. I say this with the heaviest of hearts, but his ability to make further progress on his promises to Virginians has been so severely compromised that the best course for the Commonwealth is for him to resign.

The Democrat issued an apology yesterday after the photo of him was discovered in his 1984 yearbook from Eastern Virginia Medical School.

"I think Justin (Fairfax) will do a good job", she said of the lieutenant governor, if he assumes the role. Northam and his brother attended desegregated public high school, where Northam played basketball and baseball.

Northam is scheduled to give a live statement at 2:30 p.m.at the Executive Mansion in Richmond.

Northam had apologized on Friday, saying he was one of the people shown in the photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook, which depicted one person in blackface standing next to another in a Ku Klux Klan costume.

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While Fairfax did not explicitly call for the Northam's resignation - several other lawmakers, including multiple 2020 presidential candidates, have done so since the photo emerged - he said he couldn't "condone the actions from his past". We have a president who wants to divide us. "An apology now isn't enough".

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