Democratic Virginia governor Ralph Northam has recently received a high amount of negative attention. Northam first faced massive backlash over his comments supporting a late-term abortion bill. On Friday, February 1st, the governor also came under fire after a disturbing photo of him surfaced into the public eye.
The image (below), which was from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook, shows two men dressed in racist costumes — one dressed in a KKK outfit and the other wearing blackface. When the image was first released, Northam released an apology statement appearing to confirm that he was indeed one of the persons in the offensive photo.
However, Northam backtracked his remarks in another statement on Saturday, February 2nd. During a press conference, the Virginia governor said, “I believe then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo,” even though he admitted to dressing up as Michael Jackson using blackface that same year.
His new — and contradicting — remarks sparked a massive controversy. Politicians from both sides of the political spectrum even called on him to put in his resignation, but Northam refused.
President Donald Trump broke silence on the situation with Northam Saturday evening. Trump criticized Northam for both the racist photograph and his previous comments on late-term abortion. In one tremendous tweet, Trump called Northam’s actions “unforgivable.”
“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 horrible statement on ‘super’ late term abortion. Unforgivable!” Trump posted.
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