CHAOS IN VIRGINIA: Governor whose racially charged yearbook photo kicked off a firestorm says he can fix it – because he’s a doctor
| CNN – Despite the controversy over a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page, Gov. Ralph Northam insists he is the best person to lead Virginia, once the heart of the Confederacy, and says he can help the state “heal.”
Northam referenced the state’s 400 years of slavery in his interview with Gayle King on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” and referred to enslaved Africans as “indentured servants from Africa.”
“Also known as slavery,” King interjected.
“Yes,” Northam said.
Northam has no plans to resign. But he says Fairfax should if the allegations are true.
Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax should resign if the allegations of sexual assault against him are true, in an interview with Gayle King on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”
Here’s the exchange between Northam and King.
Northam: “These accusations are very, very serious. They need to be taken seriously. As you know [Lt.] Gov. Fairfax has called for an investigation. I really think where we are now we need to get to the truth; the truth is important. And certainly….”
KING: “He too is calling for an investigation.”
Northam: “He is and I support that. And if these accusations are determined to be true. I don’t think he has any other option but to resign.”
Northam is facing resignation calls of his own over the controversy surrounding a racist yearbook photo. But he said he has no plans to resign. He told King:
“Right now, Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor. [Emphasis added. – Ed.] Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy who has courage and who has a moral compass, and that’s why I’m not going anywhere. I have learned from this. I have a lot more to learn but we’re in a unique opportunity now.” Read more.
[A pediatric neurologist by occupation, Gov. Northam was an officer in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1984 to 1992. – Wikipedia]