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A Partial List of Top Democrats and Progressives Demanding Ralph Northam’s Resignation

The calls for Northam to step down are deafening

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia during a press conference in Richmond, Va., Feb. 2, 2019. Northam, facing pressure from his own party to resign, said Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, he would not quit and denied that he appeared in Ku Klux Klan robes or in blackface in images from his medical school yearbook that have upended his governorship. (Parker Michels-Boyce/The New York Times)

Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia during a press conference in Richmond, Va.

Parker Michels-Boyce/The New York Times/Redux

The chorus of prominent liberals and progressives demanding the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam is resounding. Last Friday, images circulated from Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook page showing two people in racist garb, one in blackface and the other in a Klansman costume.

After initially apologizing for the image, the Democrat has since claimed that neither of the people pictured is him — although Northam added he did wear blackface on another occasion, as part of a Michael Jackson costume. (At a bizarre press conference Saturday, Northam appeared ready to back up this story by performing the moonwalk.)

Northam’s bungled reaction and unwillingness to take accountability for the racist material on his personal yearbook pages (separately, a college yearbook referred to his nickname, “Coonman,” a variation of a racist slur) has everyone from the head of the NAACP to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi calling for him to step down.

Below is a Who’s Who of former allies who want to see Northam retired:

Former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder (the first elected black governor in the U.S.)

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine

Virginia Senator Mark Warner and Rep. Bobby Scott

Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Former Vice President Joe Biden

NAACP President Derrick Johnson

California Senator and presidential candidate Kamala Harris

New Jersey Senator and presidential candidate Cory Booker

New York Senator and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand

Massachusetts Senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren

Former HUD Secretary and presidential candidate Julián Castro

Progressive billionaire Tom Steyer

Former Attorney General Eric Holder

New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The Congressional Black Caucus

Planned Parenthood


NARAL President Ilyse Hogue

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