Although many Democrats are quick to label individuals racist or intolerant in response to objectionable behavior, those allegations frequently fall by the wayside when political expediency calls.
According to the Washington Examiner, that appears to be the case in President Joe Biden’s newfound approval for Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam.
“Lost all moral authority”
Just two years ago, Biden slammed the governor as racist after a yearbook photo scandal threatened to end his career.
In 2019, Northam came under heavy political fire from both sides of the aisle after a yearbook photo surfaced that showed him alongside a classmate. One wore a KKK robe and the other appeared in blackface.
While it was unclear which individual was Northam, the ensuing scandal led to calls for his resignation.
“There is no place for racism in America,” Biden said at the time. “Governor Northam has lost all moral authority and should resign immediately.”
Plenty of others in the Democratic Party called on him to step down, but the governor was defiant, stating: “I believed then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo.”
“I’m not being political”
Now that Biden is in the White House, his opinion of the once-embattled governor has apparently changed. He stood alongside Northam this week as if the prior criticism had never happened.
In reference to Northam’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in Virginia, Biden said: “Governor, I really mean this. I’m not being political. You’ve done one hell of a job, doc. You’ve done a hell of a job, and it matters.”
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel weighed in on the recent photo op, joining a number of prominent figures who pointed out Biden’s sudden embrace of a public official he previously denounced as racist and pressured to resign.
In 2019, Biden called on Northam to resign because of his racist yearbook photos.
Today, Biden is campaigning with him.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) May 28, 2021
The Washington Examiner previously reported that a months-long investigation into the controversial yearbook photo concluded without a recommendation since those involved in the probe could not determine which person, if either, was actually Northam.