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Dems, Liberal Groups Call on Northam to Resign Over Racist Yearbook Photo

Dems, Liberal Groups Call on Northam to Resign Over Racist Yearbook Photo

"We made the decision to let Governor Northam do the correct thing and resign this morning", the Virginia branch of the Democratic Party said on Twitter Saturday.

On Saturday, embattled Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam held a disastrous press conference to defend himself against accusations that he appeared in a 1984 yearbook photo that showed two people - one in blackface, the other in a KKK hood.

Northam is reportedly reaching out to his medical school colleagues, speculating that the photo may have been wrongly attributed to his yearbook page. "The first step is to offer my sincerest apology and to state my absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their governor".

The Virginian-Pilot newspaper tweeted a picture of the page which it said it obtained from the medical school library.

Zeldin (R) said that the photo in Northam's yearbook has no place in politics, and that the governor should "go away".

Mr Northam said he was not asking for forgiveness for his past actions but for "the opportunity to demonstrate without a shadow of a doubt that the person I was then is not the person I am today".

On Saturday morning, Biden joined the chorus of prominent Democrats and potential 2020 presidential candidates in calling for Northam to resign. So in this particular example, if a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus posted a statement on Twitter that said of Northam: "We fully appreciate all that he has contributed to our Commonwealth".

Virginia has become an key battleground state for US elections.

During the press conference, Northam said that many friends often called him "Goose" due to his changing voice; however, he does not know why some college friends called him "Coonman".

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"As long as I feel that I can lead I will continue to do that", Ralph Northam says he'll have a "conversation" about resigning if he cannot continue to lead as governor of Virginia.

Northam is facing mounting pressure from within his own party to resign. It seems like no one believes a word Northam had to say.

Northam's statement did not include a response to calls from both Democrats and Republicans that he resign.

Northam has not answered any of those calls for his resignation, but apologized profusely for the 35-year-old photo.

He said that if a woman were to desire an abortion as she's going into labor, the baby would be delivered and then "resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue" between doctors and the mother.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement late Friday saying "we feel complete betrayal" and are "still processing" the pictures.

Earlier in the day, others also called on him to step down. Among them: Democratic presidential hopefuls Cory Booker, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren; newly elected Democratic U.S. Reps.

North Carolina's governor is calling on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam to resign because of a photograph on Northam's yearbook profile page. Elaine Luria and Abigail Spanberger of Virginia; the NAACP and Planned Parenthood.

Not only was this false, but the mistake is insulting to Virginia Republicans who remember the 2017 election in which Northam won the governorship.