Democrats Call For Ralph Northam To Resign Over Racist Yearbook Photo

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February 4, 2019

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is facing mounting calls for his resignation from fellow Democrats after his 1984 medical school yearbook page surfaced bearing a photo of a man wearing blackface standing next to another person wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. 

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is running for president in 2020, said in a tweet on Friday that he should “step aside,” saying “the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government.”

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), who is also running for president, said that “racism cannot be excused in our government or anywhere else,” and she called on Northam to resign.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who’s exploring a presidential bid, called the “racist images ... deeply disturbing.” She added: “Hatred and discrimination have no place in our country and must not be tolerated, especially from our leaders — Republican or Democrat. Northam must resign,” CNN reported.

Virginia Rep. Donald McEachin also called for Northam to step aside, saying he was “deeply disappointed and dismayed by the horrific picture.”

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