Blackface-wearing Democrat Governor of Virginia Ralph Northam kept digging himself a deeper hole on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” continuing possibly the worst string of public relations work in the recent history of American politics.
Host Gayle King pressed Northam on what she described as a “very difficult week for [Northam] and state of Virginia.” She opened the floor to Northam, asking him where he wanted to begin, and immediately he launched into a historical tirade, which quickly derailed
“We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while—” he said before King cut him off.
“Also known as slavery,” King said.
“Yes,” Northam replied sheepishly.
Last Saturday, Northam gave a bizarre speech at a press conference, denying that he was in the blackface photos first published by Big League Politics last Friday, despite the fact that he had apologized for appearing in the photos Friday evening. He then volunteered up the fact that he wore blackface at a Michael Jackson theme party in the 1980’s, before attempting to moonwalk off the podium.
The embattled Governor has refused to resign despite the scandal.
WATCH the exchange:
Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam: "We are now at the 400-year anniversary — just 90 miles from here in 1619. The first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores in Old Point Comfort, what we call now Fort Monroe, and while—"@GayleKing: "Also known as slavery" pic.twitter.com/AiX96MU1rJ
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 10, 2019
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No Traditional Farewell Ceremony for Donald Trump, Pentagon Confirms
The last time the Pentagon hadn’t held one was 40 years ago.
President Donald Trump will not receive a traditional farewell ceremony from the Pentagon, according to two officials who confirmed the news to Defense One.
Kevin Baron, Defense One’s founding executive editor, broke the story in the form of a commentary, saying that “it’s a shame, but not a surprise” and claiming that Trump “has used the military as a political prop since his first days in office.”
Although not a longstanding tradition per se, the Pentagon has held a farewell tribute for presidents leaving office going back four decades. The last time it hadn’t happened was when Jimmy Carter exited the White House and Ronald Reagan became president in 1981.
Despite not receiving a tribute from the Pentagon, Trump will ostensibly hold his own departure ceremony at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland and then fly to Florida on Air Force One early Wednesday morning. According to an anonymous individual who spoke with ABC News, “officials are considering an elaborate send-off event reminiscent of the receptions he’s received during state visits abroad, complete with a red carpet, color guard, military band and even a 21-gun salute.”
Last Friday Trump announced on Twitter that he would not be attending the inauguration of Joe Biden.
Vice President Mike Pence will deliver remarks Saturday to military personnel at Naval Air Station Lemoore in California, and then again on Sunday before 10th Mountain Division soldiers at Fort Drum, New York. He is expected to laud President Trump’s foreign policy achievements.
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