Northam’s wife stops him from dancing the moonwalk at surreal presser: ‘My wife says inappropriate circumstances’

If you didn’t already believe there was cause to question the judgement of Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam, Saturday’s press conference is sure to seal the deal.

At the same time, too bad his wife wasn’t around 35 years ago.

Not only did Northam think it was good strategy to claim it wasn’t him in the racist photo of a man in blackface standing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit, the same photo he apologized for appearing in on Friday, the governor pointed to another incident where he dressed up in blackface to support that claim.

The second incident, as Northam explained, involved darkening his face to mimic pop artist Michael Jackson in a dance contest.

“My belief that I did not wear that costume or attend that party stems, in part, by my clear memory of other mistakes I made in the same period of my life,” Northam told reporters. “That same year, I did participate in a dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume.”

“I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action like that. It is because my memory of that episode is so vivid that I truly do not believe I am in the picture in my yearbook.”

And as strange as the admission was, Saturday’s press conference threatened to go off the rails when a reporter asked the embattled politician if he can still moonwalk.

For a split second, Northam looked to the open space beside the lectern as if he was considering whether to bust a move to prove he’s still got it.

A decision that if carried through would have officially rendered the presser the most bizarre in U.S. political history.

…but for the wife, Pat Northam, who intervened with a firm veto.

Mrs. Northam said something to her husband after the reporter’s question, and after turning toward her, he turns back to the media and said, “My wife says inappropriate circumstances.”

Amid a sea of calls for him to resign from Democratic Party leaders at the state and national level, to include many of the party’s leading presidential hopefuls, Northam has dug in and is hoping he can weather the storm.

A sad display of the lure of power and sense of self-importance that comes along with holding public office, almost as sad as the moonwalking chapter.

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