Democrat Virginia senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, joined by Congressman Bobby Scott, offered their review of governor Ralph Northam’s strange press conference in which he vowed to continue governing, despite not having any support. Northam has been undone by the “Blackface-Klan” photograph in his medical school yearbook — first published by Big League Politics.
Warner and Kaine were holding out to see if Northam could pull it together. No longer.
Joint statement from Tim Kaine, Mark Warner and Bobby Scott calling on Northam to resign: pic.twitter.com/u3Y5rqitsk
— Grace Segers (@Grace_Segers) February 2, 2019
In a truly bizarre and wide reaching press conference, Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam reversed his admission that he was one of the two students in the racist photograph, and went on to ramble about how difficult it is to remove shoe polish from one’s face and possibly the 2001 movie, Black Hawk Down.
Northam first claimed that he was not present in the photo on his yearbook page, which showed one student in blackface standing next to another in Ku Klux Klan garb. He then admitted that he did once “darken” his face with black shoe polish to look like Michael Jackson for a dancing contest, and later suggested the media contact his medical school roommate for further clarification. Also, that roommate was apparently the medic from Black Hawk Down. He did not clarify if he meant his roommate was the basis of the character or actually in the movie.
When discussing his use of shoe polish to imitate Michael Jackson, Northam remarked that he “used just a little bit of shoe polish,” on his face, saying he only used a small amount “because I don’t know if anyone’s tried, but you cannot get shoe polish off.”
He said repeatedly that he had no recollection of the photo, and only admitted it was him because of the shock. Then he cited his college roommate as an authority.
“And just finally, to be able to talk to my room mate, we’re very close. I think some of you have already reached out to him,” he continued, “He was the medic in Black Hawk Down.”
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