It wasn’t me in the photo: Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam throws a twist in the story

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Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is having difficulty keeping his story straight.

Less than 24 hours after the Democrat politician issued two public apologies — one written, and one by video — for having dressed in either blackface or KKK robes during his college days back in the 1980s, the governor reportedly began privately switching up his story, according to multiple resources.

“A Virginia Democrat who has spoken with Gov. Ralph Northam has told The Associated Press that the governor now does not believe he was in a racist picture in his 1984 medical yearbook and has no immediate plans to resign,” the Associated Press reported early Saturday morning.

“Virginia State Senator Louise Lucas’ office told Fox News that Northam reached out to her to say that he is not in the photograph and that he would not be resigning,” Fox News added.

It’s unclear whether Lucas is the same “Virginia Democrat” who spoke with the AP.

“The New York Times reported that he had spoken to multiple state Democrats, and had also been calling former classmates at Eastern Virginia Medical School to get more information about the picture,” Fox’s report continued.

What’s clear, as noted by those on the left and right, is that Northam’s changing stories make no sense.

The brouhaha initially started Friday afternoon when a news publisher released photos from the Democrat governor’s Eastern Virginia Medical School senior yearbook that show him and a friend photographed together with one wearing blackface, and the other wearing KKK robes.

The publisher also obtained another image that reveals that one of young Northam’s nicknames at the time had been “Coonman.” The other had been “Goose.”


In response to the backlash that ensued, the governor first released a written statement apologizing for his past but essentially vowing to remain on the job by stating his “absolute commitment to living up to the expectations Virginians set for me when they elected me to be their Governor.”

“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive,” he wrote. “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.”

Later Friday evening he released another statement — this time via video — apologizing again for his past behavior but doubling down on his commitment to remain on the job.



That Northam would turn around and deny being in the blackface photo — and this after he already apologized twice for the photo’s existence — was beyond stunning to many.

Even CNN was forced to take of note the striking contrast between what he had said Friday and what he was reportedly telling Virginia Democrats.

“I think it’s fair to be blunt and call it a complete contradiction of what he said last night, and what he is now — according to reporting — telling Virginia Democrats that it’s not him in the photo, and that he doesn’t plan on resigning,” CNN reporter Dan Merica bluntly stated Saturday afternoon.

He added that Northam planned to hold a press conference at 2:30 pm later that afternoon.


It should be noted that the governor’s sudden about-face occurred after every other left-wing politician and organization, including even Planned Parenthood, had begun calling for his resignation.


It’s as if the governor is attempting to sidestep the inevitable — his resignation from office — by spinning a tall tale. The problem is nobody seems to believe him, including even members of the Democrat Party of Virginia.

“We made the decision to let Governor Northam do the correct thing and resign this morning – we have gotten word he will not do so this morning,” the party tweeted Saturday morning.

“We stand with Democrats across Virginia and the country calling him to immediately resign. He no longer has our confidence or our support. Governor Northam must end this chapter immediately, step down, and let Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax heal Virginia’s wounds and move us forward.”



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