Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. – Proverbs 16:18
FoxNews.com reports that
Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam apologized Friday for appearing in a “racist and offensive” photo on his 1984 medical school yearbook page that showed one man dressed in blackface and another in a KKK robe, while giving no indication he plans to resign.
Northam – who has been under fire this week for comments made about a third-trimester abortion bill in his state – admitted to being one of the people in the photo, though it’s not clear which costume he is wearing.
“Earlier today, a website published a photograph of me from my 1984 medical school yearbook in a costume that is clearly racist and offensive,” Northam said in a statement.
He added, “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.”
Turning to Twitter on Friday night to speak directly with the public, he elaborated on his error in judgment, and on his apology for it, saying the photo doesn’t reflect the person he is today or how he’s conducted himself as a public servant.
In a video accompanying his tweet, he said, “I cannot change the decisions I made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today.”
He said he was committed to continuing his work as governor and “living up to the expectations you set for me.”
Fox News obtained a copy of the 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library. Northam graduated from the school that year. The Virginian-Pilot, the Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch also reported they independently confirmed the authenticity of the page.
The quote on the page says, “There are more old drunks than old doctors in this world so I think I’ll have another beer.”
Fox News obtained a copy of 1984 yearbook page from the Eastern Virginia Medical School library in Norfolk.
A growing number of both Republicans and Democrats on Friday evening said Northam should step down.
“Racism has no place in Virginia,” Republican Party of Virginia chairman Jack Wilson said in a statement. “These pictures are wholly inappropriate. If Gov. Northam appeared in blackface or dressed in a KKK robe, he should resign immediately.”
Derrick Johnson, the leader of the NAACP, also called for Northam’s resignation, as did Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro.
“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,” the liberal MoveOn.org group tweeted. “There are no excuses for such a racist display.”
Northam did not respond to those calls. But in his statement, he said, “This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service.”
“I recognize that it will take time and serious effort to heal the damage this conduct has caused,” Northam said. “I am ready to do that important work. 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.”
Earlier on Friday, a conservative website called Big League Politics first posted a photo of the yearbook page.
The White House took aim at Northam, referencing the attention Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook received during his brutal confirmation fight last year.
“This should be easier work than parsing every word and semicolon in the Kavanaugh yearbook,” White House adviser Kellyanne Conway tweeted Friday.
A few short days ago, Governor Northam was lecturing Americans on why abortion on the day of the baby’s birth was a “perfectly normal procedure” and not infanticide.
Because, after all, he was a Doctor…and a Liberal one at that…and a suuuper-genius.
Just ask him.
He was everything that the Old Guard Democrats and NeverTrumpers who proclaim themselves to be Republicans look for in a politician…smooth, smart, and RICH.
Plus, he believed all of the “correct” things to ensure his place in the hoi polloi, now known as “The Smartest People in the Room”.
Things like the “fact” that ethics and morality are for the “simple people” out there in Flyover Country still bitterly clinging to their guns and Bibles.
Such as those who still believe that the “clump of cells” growing in a woman’s body is a living breathing human body, whose life began at conception and whose spirit is no less divine than that of the woman whose womb the baby occupies.
Yes, sir. Governor Northam was riding high after his justification of full term abortion, which has been featured quite heavily on all of the cable news channels.
And then, his own personal Biblical Flood happened.
And, the admonition contained in Proverbs 16:18 once again rang true.
Liberal Hypocrisy, when it is revealed by God in such a magnificent way, is quite a sight to behold.
Just like the Emperor who wore no clothes, Governor Northam has been revealed for all to see.
Like I always say,
Isn’t it funny how those among us who claim to be the most tolerant are actually the least tolerant of all of us?
The Liberals of today’s Far Left Democratic Party have set themselves upplaced themselves, through their own arrogance, to be the “New Pharisees” of today’s secular culture, arbiters of morality and ethics, right and wrong.
And, as the Pharisees of old found out, they did not speak for God, either.
He is The One Whom Governor Northam should apologize to for a much bigger and more important offense than the wearing of blackface…
…the advocation of infanticide.
Until He Comes,