Virginia governor refuses to resign over racist photo

Virginia governor Ralph Northam's yearbook page shows men in KKK hood and blackface

Virginia Gov. Northam apologizes for 'racist' photo amid calls for resignation

As of Saturday morning, CNN's public relations had not addressed what happened.

On Saturday, the Democratic Party of Virginia announced that they allowed Northam to "do the correct thing" and resign but received "word he will not do so this morning". "Racism and discrimination in any form is not acceptable", the statement said. He said the photo comes "with pain beyond what many of us can even understand".

Booker, who declared his candidacy for president earlier on Friday, also called for Northram's resignation.

Northam, 59, a Democrat, did not say whether he was the man in blackface or the one in the Klan robe. The photo was on Northam's profile page. Northam said he did not buy a yearbook and knew nothing about the photos until they were shown to him.

Northam apologized Friday for the 1984 picture, first surfaced by Big League Politics, and called it "racist and offensive" but did not identify which person was him.

Murphy in an interview on MSNBC said "with a heavy heart" that he doesn't see any other choice for his fellow Democrat.

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Fox News obtained a copy of 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.

Politicos in Richmond, Virginia, reacted in muted disbelief, and many declined to speak on the record as the news first circulated Friday.

But Mr Northam appears to have virtually no path forward to remain in office without any institutional support.

The governor of the U.S. state of Virginia Ralph Northam has resisted mounting pressure from his Democratic Party to resign after a photograph surfaced which he said showed him and another person in racist garb at a party decades earlier. On Friday, Northam apologized for appearing in the photo.

Northam said he selected three other photos that appear on the page but not the offensive image.

Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw said: "His whole life has been about exactly the opposite and that's what you need to examine, not something that occurred 30 years ago".

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A small number of protesters stood outside the governor's mansion Saturday to demand his resignation. Mr Northam said in an apology yesterday that he was "deeply sorry" for the hurt that his decision has caused but did not specify which costume he was wearing in the photo.

"Democrats who have called out President Trump for his racist remarks can not try to sweep this one under the rug just because Ralph Northam is one of their own". But he said he is sure he is not one of the two people pictured in blackface and in a Ku Klux Klan hood in his 1984 medical school yearbook page.

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Former Obama housing secretary Julian Castro, a Texas Democrat who has announced he will run for president in 2020, tweeted that Northam should resign. It's time for Ralph Northam to step aside and let Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax serve Virginians as their next Governor.

With lawmakers from both sides of the aisle calling on Northam to resign, he appears poised to go down fighting. The governor has also been calling friends from medical school in an attempt to identify the men, the source added.

In an era of instantaneous news and reaction, it usually makes sense to carefully consider the best course of action, and to gather facts and perspectives to ensure that haste does not overtake good judgment.

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Biden said Fairfax, a Democrat and only the second African-American to win statewide office in Virginia, "is the leader Virginia needs now".

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