Virginia governor denies wearing KKK costume in yearbook photo

April FrancisFeb 04, 2019

He told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on "This Week" that the explanation Northam offered in a news conference Saturday doesn't make a difference "at this juncture". Other photos on the page are of a young Northam in a cowboy hat, one of him seated before a convertible, and a formal head shot. Northam graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia before joining the Army. "No matter the party affiliation, we can not stand for such behavior". "Governor Northam should resign", former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Democratic presidential hopeful wrote on Twitter.

"The chair of the Virginia Democratic Party Susan Swecker sent out a statement that she agrees that she thinks he should resign", said Jennifer Lewis, the active chair of Waynesboro Democrats and a former congressional candidate. "He should step down and allow the Commonwealth to begin healing". "He even acted at the press conference like he was willing to moon walk until his wife stopped him, which shows that he still does not understand the seriousness of his actions". He doesn't think that picture was of him in blackface because he vividly remembers the other time he allegedly wore blackface.

Protesters gathered in front of Northam's office in Richmond, Virginia, waving signs demanding he step down.

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During a news conference Saturday, Northam admitted to wearing blackface while he was dressed as Michael Jackson during a 1984 dance contest in Texas.

"I am not the person in the photo that caused a stir yesterday", Northam said.

The next day, in a news conference at Virginia's Executive Mansion, Northam reversed his statement and claimed he was neither of the individuals in the photo. "That's not me in that photo".

Northam said earlier he was "deeply sorry" about the decision he made decades ago to pose for a "clearly racist and offensive" picture, without indicating which person was him.

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Northam, standing by his wife Pam, said he believed it was possible some photographs in the yearbook had been switched.

On Friday night, Northam had seemed to indicate that he was in the photo.

Bass also criticized Northam for "forcing the wrong conversation".

Johnson said on "This Week" that Northam should have disclosed such an incident preemptively, instead of waiting for a moment like this. He said he was more commonly called "Goose" - also noted in the yearbook - "because his voice was changing". The image has led to a torrent of calls for his resignation.

Late on Saturday, Sens.

The Democratic Party of Virginia echoed that sentiment, writing in a statement that "we stand with Democrats across Virginia and the country calling him to immediately resign".

"Democrat Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia just stated, "I believe that I am not either of the people in that photo.' This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most disgusting statement on 'super" late term abortion".

"Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted vast pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders", the lawmakers said.

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