Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris calls on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over his racist yearbook photo.
Harris tweeted: “Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.”
Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 2, 2019
Julian Castro, also a presidential candidate, called for Northam’s resignation. The NAACP is also calling on Gov. Northam to resign.
It doesn’t matter if he is a Republican or a Democrat. This behavior was racist and unconscionable. Governor Northam should resign.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) February 2, 2019
Black face in any manner is always racist and never okay. No matter the party affiliation, we can not stand for such behavior, which is why the @NAACP is calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor @RalphNortham
— Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) February 2, 2019
Gov. Northam issued a statement apologizing for the “racist and offensive ” photo but stopped short of stepping down. CBS News also uncovered a photograph in the yearbook at Virginia Military Academy that had the nickname “Coonman” under his photo.
My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me. pic.twitter.com/1rSw1oxfrX
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 2, 2019
More reaction on Twitter:
Maya Angelou once said “when you know better, you do better.”
Ralph Northam has had three decades to know better but only now does he acknowledge this racist act.
An apology now isn't enough. He must resign. https://t.co/DwV9lEFcV6
— Black Caucus (@OfficialCBC) February 2, 2019
Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus and Virginia House Democrats have joined the growing list calling on Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation. pic.twitter.com/B8W72VIDKO
— Jared Kline (@WHSVJared) February 2, 2019
— NextGen America (@NextGenAmerica) February 2, 2019
Elizabeth Warren says Northam should resign: “These racist images are deeply disturbing. Hatred and discrimination have no place in our country and must not be tolerated, especially from our leaders— Republican or Democrat. Northam must resign.”
— MJ Lee (@mj_lee) February 2, 2019
Governor Ralph Northam must resign. There is no excuse for the shockingly racist picture. I note that Florida Republican Secretary of State Michael Ertel resigned last month for being in blackface. This picture is even worse. It's blackface next to a KKK figure. https://t.co/0Ujze6odGW
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 2, 2019
If @RalphNortham is one of the two people pictured in the highly disturbing, horrific photo wearing either blackface or a KKK hood – or if he selected or approved of its use on his yearbook page — he should immediately resign. There are no excuses for such a racist display.
— MoveOn (@MoveOn) February 1, 2019
The Governor’s explanation is woefully insufficient. There are not very fine people on both sides. This. Is. Not. Acceptable. https://t.co/vUVfAsuccO
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) February 2, 2019
No, you can’t wear a black face or a white hood and lead a state. Not now and not ever. But we are merciful people. Governor Northam should step down, seek forgiveness, and through good deeds earn the respect of the African-American Community.
— Eric Swalwell (@ericswalwell) February 2, 2019
BREAKING: "I don't see that the governor has any other choice but to step aside," New Jersey Gov. Murphy tells @chrislhayes after revelation of Virginia Gov. Northam in racist 1980s yearbook photo. pic.twitter.com/N2Bwl57Pjl
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) February 2, 2019
— Indivisible Guide (@IndivisibleTeam) February 2, 2019
— Planned Parenthood (@PPFA) February 2, 2019
Racism of any kind or at any time should not be tolerated. The Governor of Virginia should respectfully resign.
— Bennie G. Thompson (@BennieGThompson) February 2, 2019
The situation that he has put himself and the Commonwealth of Virginia in is untenable. It's time for Ralph to step down, and for the Commonwealth to move forward.
— Terry McAuliffe (@TerryMcAuliffe) February 2, 2019