'A Really Sad State': VA Delegate Says Northam Should Step Down If Racist Yearbook Photo Confirmed
A Republican Virginia delegate said Saturday that the state's governor, Ralph Northam, should resign amid the controversy surrounding a racist yearbook photo of him.
The photo in question shows a man in blackface next to another man dressed as a member of the Ku Klux Klan, and appeared in Northam's 1984 medical school yearbook.
Northam (D) released a video in response to the photo Friday and apologized, also admitting that he is one of the men appearing in the photo.
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
However, Virginia State Sen. Louise Lucas' office told Fox News Saturday that Northam reached out to Lucas, saying that it was not him in the photograph and that he wouldn't resign from his role.
The reported denial came shortly after the Virginia Democratic Party demanded Northam's resignation.
Full statement demanding that Governor Northam resign immediately. pic.twitter.com/XEf0H6HvOf
— Virginia Democrats (@vademocrats) February 2, 2019
Delegate Emily Brewer said on Fox & Friends that the past week in the commonwealth has been "really trying."
"The commonwealth is just in a really sad state right now," she said, adding that Northam should step down from his role as governor.
Brewer said that Northam has lost his ability to govern and that it'd be best for citizens of Virginia if he steps aside.
Calls for the governor to step down came shortly after he sparked outrage over a controversial bill that would repeal restrictions on third-trimester abortions.
Northam, a former pediatric neurologist, said that such abortions are conducted with "the consent of obviously the mother, with consent of the physician, multiple physicians by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities or there may be a fetus that’s not viable."
"This week, to hear our governor of our great commonwealth stand up for unfettered access to abortion, was not only one of the most unreal statements I've ever heard, but it cut me absolutely to my core," said Brewer, who is adopted.