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Virginia Governor Responds to Calls for Resignation After Racist Photo Scandal: 'I Am Committed to Continuing That Fight'

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Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has resisted calls for his resignation despite a fierce outcry over a racist photo that surfaced from his time in medical school.

The photos, which quickly went viral, were from Northam’s yearbook page depicting him and a fellow student — one in blackface and one wearing a KKK hood and robe.

The photos surfaced as the eyes of the nation were on the former pediatric neurologist after he advocated what many consider to be infanticide.

Following the picture’s viral trip around the internet, Northam released an official statement both on his website and on Twitter.

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In his statement from the Virginia governor’s official website, Northam admitted the costume was “clearly racist and offensive.”

“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now,” Northam said.

“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused. I am ready to do that important work. The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”

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Northam’s most recent troubles have landed him on the black lists of both parties, leading to a tweet from Virginia Democrats calling for Northam’s immediate resignation.

“We made the decision to let Governor Northam do the correct thing and resign this morning – we have gotten word he will do so this morning,” the statement read, in part.

“We stand with Democrats across Virginia and the country calling him to immediately resign. He no longer has our confidence or our support.”

Not surprisingly, the Virginia GOP has also called on Northam to resign, calling his actions “unforgivable.”

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The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus also tweeted a statement which called the recent revelations about Northam “disgusting, reprehensible and offensive.”

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe also spoke out against his fellow Democrat.

“The situation that he has put himself and the Commonwealth of Virginia in is untenable,” McAuliffe said.

“It’s time for Ralph to step down, and for the Commonwealth to move forward,” the former governor continued, after calling the images “racist, unacceptable and inexcusable at any age and at any time.”

Virginia residents were joined by Democrats nationwide who called for Northam to resign, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and several 2020 presidential hopefuls, including Cory BookerKirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris.

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Savannah Pointer is a constitutional originalist whose main goal is to keep the wool from being pulled over your eyes. She believes that the liberal agenda will always depend on Americans being uneducated and easy to manipulate. Her mission is to present the news in a straightforward yet engaging manner.
Savannah Pointer is a constitutional originalist whose professional career has been focused on bringing accuracy and integrity to her readers. She believes that the liberal agenda functions best in a shroud of half truths and misdirection, and depends on the American people being uneducated.

Savannah believes that it is the job of journalists to make sure the facts are the focus of every news story, and that answering the questions readers have, before they have them, is what will educate those whose voting decisions shape the future of this country.

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