Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, who appeared to condone infanticide last week by supporting a Democratic bill that allows abortion up until the moment of delivery and afterward if the child survives, is in even hotter water today. A photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page depicting one man in blackface and another in a KKK hood has emerged. The quote on the page says, “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”
Northam has apologized for the “racist and offensive” photo but is refusing to resign over it. Meanwhile, Democrats and pro-abortionists are scuttling to distance themselves from Northam. Although he admitted to being one of the guys in the photo, Northam would not say which one he was at the time.
“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive,” Northam said in a statement. He also stated, “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 then took to Twitter to address the public. He tried to explain his ‘error’ in judgment and then said that the photo doesn’t reflect the person he is today or how he’s conducted himself as a public servant. Leftists don’t care… they are calling for his resignation and so are the Republicans. Even NARAL and Planned Parenthood have called for Northam’s resignation.
I’m at EVMS in Norfolk, Virginia (Gov. Ralph Northam graduated here). These are photos from the 1984 yearbook, including @GovernorVA Ralph Northam’s page, in a yearbook provided by the library. I’ve asked the governor’s office for comment.
Sent from my iPhone pic.twitter.com/1u3mYKJWnY
— Sarah McCammon (@sarahmccammon) February 1, 2019
In a video that was displayed in his tweet, he said, “I cannot change the decisions I made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today.” He said he was committed to continuing his work as governor and “living up to the expectations you set for me.”
Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library and ran with it as did the rest of the media. Northam graduated from the school that year. The Virginian-Pilot, the Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch also reported they independently confirmed the authenticity of the page.
My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me. pic.twitter.com/1rSw1oxfrX
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 2, 2019
“Racism has no place in Virginia,” Republican Party of Virginia Chairman Jack Wilson said in a statement. “These pictures are wholly inappropriate. If Gov. Northam appeared in blackface or dressed in a KKK robe, he should resign immediately.” Looks like the politically correct atmosphere of the here and now is biting the Dems big time.
From Fox News:
“Derrick Johnson, the leader of the NAACP, also called for Northam’s resignation, as did Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro.
“If @RalphNortham is one of the two people pictured in the highly disturbing, horrific photo wearing either blackface or a KKK hood – or if he selected or approved of its use on his yearbook page — he should immediately resign,” the liberal MoveOn.org group tweeted. “There are no excuses for such a racist display.”
“Northam did not respond to those calls. But in his statement, he said, “This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service.”
“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused,” Northam said. “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.”
“Earlier on Friday, a conservative website called Big League Politics first posted a photo of the yearbook page.
“The White House took aim at Northam, referencing the attention Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook received during his brutal confirmation fight last year.
“This should be easier work than parsing every word and semicolon in the Kavanaugh yearbook,” White House adviser Kellyanne Conway tweeted Friday.”
If @RalphNortham is one of the two people pictured in the highly disturbing, horrific photo wearing either blackface or a KKK hood – or if he selected or approved of its use on his yearbook page — he should immediately resign. There are no excuses for such a racist display.
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) February 1, 2019
Northam’s very bad week began last Wednesday when he appeared on WTOP to discuss The Repeal Act. Northam is a former pediatric neurologist. He was asked about the bill’s sponsor’s comments and said he couldn’t speak for Tran, but said that third-trimester abortions are done with “the consent of obviously the mother, with consent of the physician, multiple physicians by the way, and it’s done in cases where there may be severe deformities or there may be a fetus that’s not viable.”
“So in this particular example if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen, the infant would be delivered,” Northam said. “The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
Many conservatives took this to mean that Northam was condoning infanticide.
This should be easier work than parsing every word and semicolon in the Kavanaugh yearbook. https://t.co/3VA6Ct1NIn
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) February 1, 2019
Northam has refused to back down from his comments. “I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting,” Northam tweeted this week. Conservatives aren’t buying it.
“What’s shameful is that you’re too cowardly to say point blank that it’s wrong to leave babies to die after birth,” Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse said in a statement Thursday. “You could have said that yesterday. But because you’re terrified of an extremist pro-abortion lobby that now defends even infanticide, you’re still ducking.” Sasse called the comments “morally repugnant.”
I have devoted my life to caring for children and any insinuation otherwise is shameful and disgusting.
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) January 31, 2019
Ironically, Northam defeated Republican Ed Gillespie in Virginia’s 2017 gubernatorial race. During that contest, Democrats tried to connect Gillespie to the torch-bearing white nationalists who infamously marched in Charlottesville. When he won, California Sen. Kamala Harris tweeted congratulations to Northam for “showing that Virginia won’t stand for hatred and bigotry.”
Here is Northam’s full apology:
“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is 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.
“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.
“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.”
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 8, 2017