VA Governor Pressured to Resign 📖

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Digging through the past

Last friday, Big League Politics published a picture of Virginia governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page. It showed two individuals one in blackface and the other in a KKK costume. The photo immediately gained traction on social media and lead to condemnation from both Republican and Democratic politicians.

Flip flop

Governor Northam admitted that he posed in the photo on Friday night and apologized for his actions. However on Saturday, he told reporters at a press conference that he was “not the person in the photo” but admitted to wearing blackface as a part of a Michael Jackson costume for a dance contest.


LEANING LEFT:

Huffington Post: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam Ignores Calls To Resign Over Blackface Photo

Buzzfeed: Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Won't Resign As He Believes It's Not Him In The Racist Yearbook Photo

The left focuses on calls by Democrats to condemn the photos and call for Governor Northam’s resignation. They list out the individual tweets and statements from Democratic presidential hopefuls like Kirsten Gillibrand to the Democratic Party of Virginia in order to show the widespread pressure Governor Northam faces pushing for his resignation. 

LEANING RIGHT:

The National Review: No, Northam’s Yearbook Isn’t At All Like Kavanaugh’s

Washington Examiner: Sherrod Brown: 'We have a president who is a racist'

The right condemns the photos and pushes back on any suggestions connecting this to the Republican party. They instead argue that these yearbook photos are far worse than what was written in Kavanaugh’s yearbook because they depict him “in an obviously racist pose”.


Is this the end for him?

As some articles point out, Governor Northam has lost “virtually all of the state’s Democratic establishment”. With Northam insisting that he would finish up the term, state lawmakers may look into impeachment proceeding under the Virginia Constitution to remove him from office.

Northam is going to need serious ninja skills to get out of this one

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