Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam thought it would be a good idea to walk back his admission that he was in a clearly racist yearbook photo by holding a press conference — but he was wrong.
After a nationally televised presser on Saturday — which Fox contributor Joe Concha called a “PR disaster” — the embattled Democrat governor is facing an increased backlash from his own party, with several high-profile Democrats now calling for his resignation.
Started Off Bad
When the story first broke on Friday afternoon, Northam owned up to the photo that was found on his page in a 1984 medical school yearbook.
But late Friday, the governor changed his tune, saying that he could not for sure say that it was him in the photograph, which shows men dressed in costumes resembling blackface and KKK garb.
Northam then admitted in his Saturday press conference to discuss the issue that he once blackened his face to dress up like Michael Jackson.
And things only got worse from there.
To say Northam’s presser was a disaster would be like saying Hurricane Katrina was just a bad rainstorm.
Even major Democrats like Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris couldn’t help but speak up to tell Northam that it was time for him to step down.
And of course, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton couldn’t help but chime in:
This has gone on too long. There is nothing to debate. He must resign. https://t.co/TjfS3vbcws
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 3, 2019
Most political pundits believed it would be very hard for Northam to hold on to his position for much longer when news first broke on Friday, and pressure from the left, right, and center is continuing to mount on Northam, who has maintained that he will not resign.
If he does resign — or is impeached — Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax will take over the governorship.
Fairfax is currently facing allegations of sexual misconduct, which he has adamantly denied.