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Dem Gov. Ralph Northam refuses to resign — then bad goes to worse when another yearbook photo surfaces


Hard to believe it could actually get worse

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Amid increasing pressure to resign, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) released a video Friday night personally apologizing for a racist medical school yearbook photo that surfaced Friday.

The photo showed Northam and a friend dressed in blackface and KKK grab, although Northam has said he does not remember whether he was in the blackface or the Klansman costume.

What did Northam say?

In his apology video, Northam defiantly refused to resign.

"My fellow Virginians, earlier today I released a statement apologizing for behavior in my past that falls far short of the standard you set for me when you elected me to be your governor," Northam said. "I believe you deserve to hear directly from me."

"I am committed to continuing that fight through the remainder of my term and living up to the expectations you set for me when you elected me to serve," he added, explaining he is prepared to do the "hard work" required to regain his constituents' trust.

What else happened?

But the controversy does not end there. As top Democratic leaders, including those running for president in 2020, publicly called on Northam to step down, another yearbook photo surfaced from Northam's undergraduate days at the Virginia Military Institute.

According to CBS News, a page from Northam's 1981 VMI yearbook had two nicknames listed under his picture, one of which was "Coonman," a racial slur.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who many believe will run for president in 2020, is the latest, and arguably most influential, Democrat to call on Northam to step down.

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