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.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on moon.
Gov Northam, first man to moonwalk out of office
— Matt Dawson (@SaintRPh) February 2, 2019
Ralph Northam was literally eyeing the floor next to him to demonstrate he could still do a moon walk — and his wife intervened to tell him this was an inappropriate circumstance. That's all you need to know about Ralph Northam in this moment of history.
— Kitt Lieder (@KittLieder) February 2, 2019
⬇️ Gov Northam needs to get direction from his wife about demonstrating the moon walk … after a reporter ask if he can still moon walk so he can’t figure out for himself it’s not advisable … and I’m done 🤦🏻♀️👿 pic.twitter.com/GF40MbhYJ3
— ӏմղցեɑ 💟🐎🕉 (@lungtawellness) February 2, 2019
Northam: *hears reporter's request for a moon walk*
Northam's wife: Oh no baby. What is you doing?
Northam to Northam: pic.twitter.com/QSwMIaKTlb
— Don Richard (@DonaldRichard) February 2, 2019
— Paul Beyer (@PBizzel) February 2, 2019
Signs you should resign as governor: If your wife has to tell you that it’s inappropriate to moon walk in a press conference where you are apologizing for your past racist behavior.
Please resign, Governor Northam.
— aprilshowrs (@aprilshowrs) February 2, 2019
The comments of @GovernorVA @RalphNortham justifying the murder of newborns as well as the racist photos in his yearbook are both very serious issues. It’s truly sad the media used an opportunity to question him on both issues by asking if he could still moon dance https://t.co/cu7ZXGWa5z
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) February 3, 2019
Let's ask Governor Northam to Moondance down the aisle of the State Capitol. We'll see if he remembers how to Moondance. He however should not come in black face. https://t.co/noa0g86zgz
— HELLFire (@TDHELLER2) February 3, 2019
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