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Va. Governor Explains Shifting Statements on Racist Photo

As Hillary Clinton, state's senators say he has to go
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 3, 2019 6:15 AM CST
This image shows Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s page in his 1984 Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook. The page shows a picture, at right, of a person in blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan...   (Eastern Virginia Medical School via AP)
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(Newser) – Virginia's embattled governor on Saturday pledged to remain in office after disavowing a blatantly racist photograph that appeared under his name in his 1984 medical school yearbook—and more calls for his resignation followed. After Gov. Ralph Northam spoke on Saturday, both of Virginia's US senators said they called Northam to tell him that he must resign, reports the AP. In a joint statement Saturday night, Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine and the dean of Virginia's congressional delegation, Rep. Bobby Scott, said the recent events "have inflicted immense pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders." The Virginia Democratic Party and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus had earlier called for his resignation. More:

  • Hillary Clinton placed herself in the "resign" camp on Saturday. She wrote in a tweet, "This has gone on too long. There is nothing to debate. He must resign."
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez weighed in too, tweeting, "Northam must resign, and those who try to help him stumble past this deserve scrutiny. If you can’t understand how painful + eroding this is to American society, let alone the state of Virginia, take some time to read up this weekend. To start, try 'Between the World and Me.'"

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