Virginia governor Ralph Northam, who ignited controversy earlier this week when he went on the radio to support a Virginia bill that would dramatically expand abortion practices and basically defended infanticide in the process, landed in even more hot water today after a certain, shall we say, insensitive photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook. And in case you haven’t seen it yet, words really can’t quite do it justice:
Yes, that’s someone in blackface and someone else in a KKK costume, though which one is Northam—if either one of them is—remains the question of the hour. Either way you slice it, though, this most definitely is not a good look, particularly for a progressive Democrat who has campaigned as an enemy of white supremacy.
As of this writing, Northam has yet to respond to the doubtless thousands of requests for comment, and something tells me that whatever crisis communications firm he uses will be billing him double time over the course of the upcoming weekend. That, however, didn’t stop some brave Democrats from jumping—or should I say pouncing—into the fray on Northam’s side:
The reasonable, rational and forgiving part of me agrees with this statement wholeheartedly. All of us did stupid stuff when we were young—some, as Northam so deftly illustrates here, more stupid than others—and shouldn’t have their lives and careers destroyed over some juvenile behavior from years ago. And, in a perfect world, a simple apology from Northam would suffice, after which everyone could go back to their lives and the far more urgent issues that face us.
But this isn’t a perfect world—as Democrats so potently demonstrated just last week, when the Florida Secretary of State (a Republican, of course), was forced to resign under pressure when blackface pictures of his own turned up. Or just last month, when the media smeared the Covington kids for being the embodiment of racist white privilege with fake stories about how they hassled some poor, elderly, dignified Native American—when it fact it was the Native American and a group of black supremacists who hassled them. Or just last fall, when Brett Kavanaugh was accused, without evidence, of sexual assualt and even gang rape, with the media poring over his high school yearbooks trying to divine secret codes for kinky sex and drunken hedonism, all in a desperate effort to keep him off the Supreme Court.
These are the new standards imposed on us by liberal Democrats and the media—and these are the standards by which Ralph Northam should be judged.
Because if the same rules don’t apply to everyone, there are no rules at all.
By that reckoning, Northam should come clean, apologize for this terrible lapse in judgement—and resign immediately.
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