Northam Refuses to Resign Despite Rising Tension

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam met with members of his cabinet Monday. The unplanned meeting comes after The Virginia Pilot obtained a 1984 yearbook photo. The photo showed two individuals, one in black face and the other in a KKK robe and was featured on Northam’s page of a 1984 medical school yearbook.

Sara Carter interviewed several Virginia residents for Monday’s “Hannity”. The majority of residents told Carter that Northam should do the right thing and resign. One resident told Carter, “I think it bothers me that he is not being honest.”, while another called Northam’s actions ‘disturbing.’

Northam apologized late Friday, “Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive.” he continued, “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.”

During a Saturday news conference, Northam backtracked from his earlier statement saying it was actually not him in the photograph.

Democrats Call for Northam’s Resignation

A number of Democrat leaders are calling for Northam’s resignation. Former Virginia Governor Douglas Wilder reacted on twitter, “It is difficult for anyone who watched the press conference today to conclude that he has any other choice… but to resign.”

Virginia Senator Warner (D-VA), Senator Kaine (D-VA), and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) released a joint statement calling for Northam’s resignation.

Northam has yet to resign from the governorship despite mounting pressure. Virginia Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax (D) is also facing recent fire for allegations of sexual assault. Fairfax, who would take over if Northam resigns, has denied these claims.