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One of Democratic Gov. Northam's classmates reportedly leaked yearbook photo after hearing his infanticide comments
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One of Democratic Gov. Northam's classmates reportedly leaked yearbook photo after hearing his infanticide comments

Members of Northam's party have called for him to resign over this scandal

Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's racist yearbook photo was leaked to the media by a former classmate angry about his apparent endorsement of infanticide, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

What endorsement of infanticide?

On Wednesday morning, Northam went on WTOP-FM to defend a Virginia abortion bill that would allow for abortions up until the moment of birth — including, according to the delegate who introduced the bill, during labor. Northam took that position even further.

During the course of the interview, Northam suggested a scenario in which an infant was delivered, "kept comfortable," and "resuscitated if that's what the mother and the family desired." Then, after all of that, he said "a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother."

What about the yearbook photo?

On Friday, the website Big League Politics published Northam's page from his medical school yearbook. In one of the pictures on his page, a man in black face stands next to someone in a Ku Klux Klan hood.

Northam initially apologized for the photo and admitted that he was one of the two people pictured. The next day, he backtracked and claimed he was not in the photo at all. He said he was calling former classmates in order to "jog their memories" about the incident. Then he said that he was sure he wasn't in the photo, because he distinctly remembered wearing blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume at another party. He also held a bizarre news conference on this scandal during the course of which he considered moonwalking before his wife stopped him.

Despite repeated calls from members of his own party for him to resign, Northam is determined to stay in office.

What does this new report say?

Patrick Howley, the editor in chief of Big League Politics, told the Post that "[a] concerned citizen, not a political opponent, came to us and pointed this [the yearbook page] out."

Two other employees of that organization, though, were more forthcoming with the Post, albeit under the condition of anonymity. "The revelations about Ralph Northam's racist past were absolutely driven by his medical school classmate's anger over his recent very public support for infanticide," one of these sources confirmed.

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