Update 2: After a day on the links with Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, President Trump has finally got back to his phone and tweeted a reaction to behavior of Democrat VA Governor Northam: "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!"
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2019
And before anyone starts rejecting his call of racism - remember, Northam admits to more than once wearing boot-polish on his face (for a Michael Jackson dance contest where he admitted he did not use much as it was hard to remove - confirming he had done it before) - something that if done by any Republican in America would have prompted screams of anguish and outrage in a deca-panel of CNN's "reporters."
But Trump wasn't finished, taking a jab at Northam's opponent's 'Opposition Research Team' being sued for "Malpractice and Dereliction of Duty."
Ed Gillespie, who ran for Governor of the Great State of Virginia against Ralph Northam, must now be thinking Malpractice and Dereliction of Duty with regard to his Opposition Research Staff. If they find that terrible picture before the election, he wins by 20 points!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 3, 2019
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Update 1: Following a press conference to address a racist picture in his medical school yearbook, Virginia Governor Ralph "Coonman" Northam has insisted that he is neither the person in blackface or the KKK robes, and has refused to step down.
“I am not and will not excuse the content of the photo. It was offensive, racist and despicable. When my staff showed me the photo in question yesterday, I was seeing it for the first time. I did not purchase the [Eastern Virginia Medical School] yearbook and I was unaware of what was on my page,” Northam said at a press conference.
Inserting his foot further in his mouth, Northam admitted that he dressed in blackface as Michael Jackson during a dance contest
"That same year, I did participate in a dance contest ... in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume."
Northam further explains why he wore blackface: "just a little boot polish on my cheeks," adding with a smile that "it was a dance contest. I actually won the contest because I had learned to do the moonwalk"...
Gov. Northam: "That same year, I did participate in a dance contest ... in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume." pic.twitter.com/3RRhaWLJRY— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 2, 2019
Following his press conference, the Virginia Democratic Party called for Northam to resign, and Twitter blew up with hilarious reactions.
Virginia Democratic Party calls for Northam to resign “immediately” after learning his plans are that “he will not do so this morning” pic.twitter.com/aSgD2rQ6Uq— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 2, 2019
Just after Northam’s press conference ends without a resignation, DNC chairman Tom Perez calls on the Virginia governor to step down pic.twitter.com/xO5dkGdfSs— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) February 2, 2019
If I'm understanding Northam correctly: he's implicitly ruling out he was in the KKK robe but then assumes it wasn't him in black face because: a.) He remembers being in blackface before and doesn't remember this; b.) He'd have remembered taking a photo w/ someone in KKK robe— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) February 2, 2019
I don't know, if my friends started calling me "Coonman," I'd take a step back and say, "Hey guys, why are you calling me 'Coonman?'"— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) February 2, 2019
“I did not shoot the sherif. How can I be so sure? Because I have such a vivid memory of shooting the deputy.”— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) February 2, 2019
Breaking News: Christine Blasey Ford says she was at Halloween Party road trip at Eastern Virginia Medical School sometime in the mid eighties where there was a student in black face and another in a KKK outfit. Oh, and they were drinking beer!— Warren Meyers (@MeyersWarren) February 2, 2019
And as Northam concluded his press conference, Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, released a statement that said Northam no longer has the public trust and should step down.
“His past actions are completely antithetical to everything the Democratic Party stands for,” Perez said.
“Virginians and people across the country deserve better from their leaders, and it is clear that Ralph Northam has lost their trust and his ability to govern.”
Majority leader Pelosi has yet to call for Northam's resignation.
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As we detailed earlier, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam does not believe he was in a racist picture in his 1984 medical yearbook and has no plans to resign, according to the Associated Press, citing a Democrat who has spoken with Northam.
Northam is reportedly suggesting that he'll use facial recognition software to prove it wasn't him in blackface. Even Nate Silver can predict that won't work.
So just to get this straight, the governor of Virginia is proposing to use facial recognition software to prove he wasn't the guy pictured in a Klan hood? https://t.co/mF04dmpkY4— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) February 2, 2019
The embattled Governor still hasn't explained his nickname, "Coonman," however.
And while Northam may claim he wasn't in the picture, the Washington Post - quoting Joan Naidorf, whose husband's yearbook page sits opposite Northam's in the yearbook, claimed that Eastern Virginia Medical School allowed students to pick their own photos for their yearbook page.
Eastern Virginia Medical School allowed students to pick their own photos for their yearbook page, Naidorf said. Her husband chose their engagement photo and other personal pictures. Another student chose a picture of men in blackface and dressed as women in what appears to be a variety-show routine. -WaPo
A flood of prominent Democrats have called for Northam's resignation over the picture, including former Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe, the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, Senators Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris.
Planned Parenthood and former FBI Director James Comey jumped on the bandwagon Friday as well.
BREAKING: Within the last few minutes the following have called on racist Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam to resign:— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 2, 2019
-Former FBI Director James Comey
-Former Virginia Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe
-Virginia Legislative Black Caucus pic.twitter.com/iUvlARAvUq
Northam apologized in a Friday video, stating "I've made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today. But I accept responsibility for my past actions, and I am ready to do the hard work to regain your trust."
“Never mind, I was actually in a different pic wearing blackface and KKK robes, you guys found the wrong one lol “ pic.twitter.com/7WaoMiYvAZ— Harry Khachatrian (@Harry1T6) February 2, 2019
Meanwhile, top Republicans in the Virginia General Assembly are predictably calling for Northam's resignation as well.
House Speaker Kirk Cox and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment said Saturday the governor had lost the public’s confidence, and it is in the state’s best interests for him to step down.
The Republicans join a growing chorus of elected officials in Virginia and elsewhere calling for Northam’s resignation. -AP
You guys are missing the really offensive part of Northam's yearbook. pic.twitter.com/LhHkgYv9hX— jon gabriel (@exjon) February 1, 2019