Van Hollen, Raskin Call for Governor Northam’s Resignation

Maryland officials have taken to social media to call for Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D-Va.) resignation over a racist image that surfaced Friday. The image came from Northam’s 1984 yearbook page when he was a student at Eastern Virginia Medical School.

On Northam’s page in the yearbook, there’s a picture of two men—one dressed in blackface, the other dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe. On Friday, Northam issued a statement apologizing for the racist image, but on Saturday, Northam held a press conference contradicting his original statement and said he doesn’t believe he actually is in that photo. However, he admitted to painting his face black for a dance party where he dressed up as Michael Jackson in the 80s.

Over the weekend, many prominent Democrats and Republicans have called for Northam to resign and allow Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D) take over as governor of Virginia.

On Monday morning, Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) appeared on CNN, calling for Northam’s resignation.

Raskin said, “We just don’t think there’s any place for this in the twentieth century.”

Raskin told Jim Sciutto that he thinks the Democratic leaders’ calls for Northam to resign shows a contrast between the Republican party and the Democratic Party.

“When the president said after the debacle in Charlottesville that there were very fine people who marched under the Nazi flag and under the Confederate battle flag, I think that that drew a very strong moral contrast between [the Republican] party and [the Democratic] party, which looks and sounds and acts like America,” said Raskin. “I think that what Governor Northam’s finding is that the political leadership has got to been held to the highest standard.”

In addition to Raskin’s statements, Sen. Chris Van Hollen tweeted Sunday, calling for Northam’s resignation. Van Hollen called Northam’s explanation for the racist photo “inadequate.”

Other politicians representing Montgomery County residents weighed in on the controversy on social media, including Del. Vaughn Steward (District 19) and Del. Eric Luedtke (District 14).

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Deirdre Byrne

About Deirdre Byrne

Deirdre Byrne is a social media coordinator for Montgomery Community Media. She can be reached at dbyrne@mymcmedia.org or on twitter at @DeirdreByrneMCM.

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