Northam Claims He Saw Yearbook Page for “First Time” Friday

BUT APOLOGIZES FOR “PAST MISTAKES”

by Sharon Rondeau

Richmond is the capital of Virginia and was also the seat of the Confederacy

(Feb. 2, 2019) — On Saturday afternoon, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam spoke at a press conference at the governor’s mansion in Richmond to address the controversy over a photo depicting a person in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan outfit under his name in a 1984 medical-school yearbook.

Northam began at approximately 2:37 p.m. by thanking attendees for coming and then claimed he has concluded that he does not appear in either position in the offensive photo.  At the same time, Northam admitted to having made “mistakes” in his youth, including attending a party where he blackened his face during a portrayal of Michael Jackson.

Northam stated the year of that gathering as “1984” and the location as San Antonio, TX.

Early in his remarks, Northam claimed that when his staff showed him the photo on Friday, it was the “first time” he saw it.  He said he bears responsibility for its appearance under his name in the yearbook despite his not having participated in its “production.”

Northam conceded that some may not believe his account today given that on Friday, he apologized twice for the photo while admitting that he appeared in it.

During the presser he apologized twice more for “mistakes that I have made in the past.”

“It was shocking and it was horrific,” Northam said in response to the first question he took from reporters following his 11-minute remarks, referring to when his staff showed him the photo on Friday.  “That was not my picture,” Northam insisted to another reporter.

Northam said he feels he can still lead Virginia effectively but if circumstances should change, he would relinquish his post to his lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax.

 

 

2 Responses to "Northam Claims He Saw Yearbook Page for “First Time” Friday"

  1. Rattlerjake   Sunday, February 3, 2019 at 10:46 AM

    I love how the left eats their own!

  2. Gary Wilmott   Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 5:54 PM

    I don’t know if Gov. Northam is the individual under the KKK hood or is the person depicted in blackface. But I find it highly unlikely that he saw the yearbook page for the FIRST TIME yesterday.

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