Governor Ralph Northam Refuses to Resign After Supporting Infanticide, Appearing in Racist Photo

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Feb 4, 2019   |   6:13PM   |   Washington, DC

Governor Ralph Northam of Virginia is refusing to resign today after supporting infanticide and appearing in a racist photo.

Northam not only defended a bill in the state legislature that would legalize abortions up to birth – even if the mother is dilated — he defended infanticide during a radio show.

Northam apparently thinks it’s okay to kill a baby once the infant is fully delivered.

“If a mother is in labor…the infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and mother,” he said.

Later Northam doubled down on his support for infanticide via a spokesman, who essentially said the governor was only talking about infanticide in cases of disabled babies. Then Northam said he had no apologies for promoting infanticide.

The pro-abortion Democrat governor who defended infanticide is now facing massive criticism after a photo emerged that appears to show Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam appearing in a photograph that shows him and someone else dressed up in a KKK hood and in blackface.

The photo, from Northam’s 1984 yearbook at Eastern Virginia Medical School, and shows “two people, one wearing white Ku Klux Klan robes and a hood, the other with his face painted black.”

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Northam apologized for the photo but would not say which person in it is him and would not agree to heed calls for his resignation. Later he claimed he is not pictured in the photo.

Now, Northam says he will not resign:

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam remained in power Monday but is having a difficult time finding allies, begging his Cabinet members to give him the chance to prove he was not the person pictured in a racist photo that surfaced Friday.

Northam oversaw a regularly scheduled Cabinet meeting Monday morning that a source inside the meeting described as “solemn.”

According to that source, the governor specifically said that if he resigns, he would be resigning as a “racist for life,” and that the only way he can clear his name is to stay in office and convince people that he is not in that photo and that the photo does not represent who he is.

Northam said at a later all-staff meeting that he needs more time to decide his path forward after a decades-old racist photo surfaced on his yearbook page, a Virginia Democrat briefed by multiple officials who were in the meeting told CNN. The Democrat said the meeting was intense, with both Northam and his chief of staff described as “emotional.”

A Virginia Democrat briefed on Monday’s staff meeting told CNN that Clark Mercer, the governor’s chief of staff, told other senior aides that they owed it to the governor to stick with him as he looks for a way to clear his name.

At this point, there is no sign of a rallying around the embattled governor, something that will need to happen if he hopes to meet his own personal standard of staying on only if he can continue to effectively govern. Monday morning, protesters gathered outside the governor’s mansion in Richmond.

The Democratic governor hastily called a meeting of his top administration officials of color on Sunday night to see if anyone with deep ties to him would be willing to stand by him during a firestorm of controversy over a decades-old racist photo.

The meeting did not go Northam’s way. Not one person during the gathering told the governor that he should stay and fight, a source with knowledge of the conversation said.