White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Monday that there is a purely political aspect to the fact that top Democrats are calling for Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign.

Photos surfaced last week from Northam's yearbook page at the nearby Eastern Virginia Medical School, showing a man in blackface and another in a KKK costume.

Conway said that President Trump's tweet condemning Northam for both the photos and his support for late-term abortions "reflects the point of view of many Americans today."

She said top Democrats are "scared" that Northam will remain in office as the 2020 presidential race heats up and during statewide races next year.


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Conway said Northam's apparent flip-flop in whether or not he was featured in the racist photos "is exactly what people hate about politics."

She said many politicians are "craven" enough to "say anything or do anything" as long as focus groups and polls show they are in line.

Conway added that Northam appears to be one of many who are "clinging to power for no reason other than to keep that power."

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