'He Just Needs to Go Away': Rep. Zeldin Slams VA Gov. Northam Over Controversial Yearbook Photo
New York Rep. Lee Zeldin slammed embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Saturday on America's News HQ, stating that the Democrat should resign over the controversy surrounding a racist photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook.
The photo in question shows a man in blackface next to another man dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan. Northam (D) admitted Friday that he is one of the men in the picture, however, on Saturday he denied being either man.
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
Zeldin (R) said that the photo in Northam's yearbook has no place in politics, and that the governor should "go away."
"It's racist, it's not funny, it's classless," Zeldin said.
Addressing the controversy in a press conference Saturday, Northam noted that he had once painted his face "as part of a Michael Jackson costume," but that he was not the man with the darkened face in the photo in question.
"It is because my memory of that episode is so vivid, that I truly do not believe I am in the picture in my yearbook," he said.
Calls for Northam to resign came shortly after he sparked outrage over a controversial bill that would repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions.
Zeldin added Saturday that Northam denying being in the photo would only be "delaying the inevitable."
"This is something that he's not gonna be able to just soldier through the weekend and think that the rest of us are all just gonna forget about it on Monday," he said. "He's done. ... The best thing for his state is for him to step aside."
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