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Northam was lieutenant governor under McAuliffe. "As far as the politics is concerned, I don't know whether he should resign or not". "He's able to say 'We're gonna move past this and really move the state towards reconciliation, '" Carpenter said. This despite acknowledging on Friday that he was in the more than 30-year-old image.

While he may not have appeared in that picture, Northam later admitted to once darkening his face in an attempt to resemble Michael Jackson for a 1984 dance contest.

On Sunday Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus told NPR's Michel Martin on All Things Considered: "The governor has absolutely no credibility".

"It has taken time for me to make sure that it's not me, but I am convinced, I am convinced that I am not in that picture", he told reporters gathered at the Executive Mansion in Richmond, calling the shot offensive and horrific.

Bass continued, "The way he has characterized 1984".

The appearance of the photo immediately sparked criticism from several Democrats running for president. We hope that's what the governor does. There was heightened racial consciousness, and for him to dare say, that during that year, during those times, blackface was common is just an outright lie. When my staff showed me the photo in question yesterday, I was seeing it for the first time.

"It is now Friday", said Bell. Northam graduated from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia before joining the Army.

He said if he had posed for that picture, "I would have remembered that". "Ralph, back then and even now, is not a racist".

But by Saturday, he reversed course and said the racist photo on his yearbook profile page did not feature him after all. Numerous prominent leaders who had already called for his resignation renewed that call.

"Ralph Northam is not that kind of person", says Rawls.

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Malkin said on Fox & Friends that the governor's press conference on the matter Saturday was an implosion not seen since the Hindenburg disaster of 1937. "Any displays of racism would have been anathema".

Eric Swalwell, a California congressman who is considering a run, joined with those calling for Northam's ouster.

Asked if he was preparing to possibly assume office as governor, Fairfax replied, "There is a lot of uncertainty right now in our government". There were orientations for the incoming freshman on tolerance and diversity. The outlets said they had been unable to substantiate her claim. "This is a total anomaly".

"We are a forgiving people", Lunsford, who is black, said Monday. The head of Northam's party in the state also called on him to quit.

State Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth, a close ally of Northam and longtime African-American lawmaker, said black leaders felt "mortally wounded" by the photo and that he has no option but to resign.

Bagby said he is still in shock, and "reconciling the man that [Northam] was, and the man that he is today". I don't know why it got to where it was, and the explanation was horrifying. "But if he had been more of an ordinary politician, that press conference probably wouldn't have gone as badly as it did", said University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth. He called the press conference an opportunity "for him to resign gracefully and we are disappointed that he didn't do that".

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks during an interview in his office in Richmond, Va., on Saturday.

It continued: "Governor Northam has served the people of the Commonwealth faithfully for many years, but the events of the past 24 hours have inflicted enormous pain and irrevocably broken the trust Virginians must have in their leaders".

Early Sunday morning, former Attorney General Eric Holder, a prospective Democratic contender in the 2020 presidential race, described Northam as a "good, very decent man" in a tweet.

Last week, Northam came under fire from Republicans who have accused him of backing infanticide after he said he supported a bill loosening restrictions on late-term abortions. There is nothing to debate.


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