'I'm deeply sorry'...Virginia Governor issues apology over racist pictures

'I'm deeply sorry'...Virginia Governor issues apology over racist pictures

'I'm deeply sorry'...Virginia Governor issues apology over racist pictures

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"Virginians and people across the country deserve better from their leaders, and it is clear that Ralph Northam has lost their trust and his ability to govern", DNC Chairman Tom Perez said in a statement. Hours after the offensive image surfaced, the Virginia governor released a statement.

He also said he is "collecting information" on the photo, and hopes to have more information in the coming days.

Calls for his resignation quickly piled up.

He apologized for the photo on Friday, indicating that he was one of the men pictured, but he did not specify which person he was.

Northam is the latest high-profile figure to run into trouble over blackface - the racist mimicking of African-Americans that dates back to the 19th century.

Northam did not recall the picture being taken, he said, and said he was not involved in the production of the yearbook.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Northam to "do the right thing" and called the photo "racist and contrary to fundamental American values".

More than a dozen protesters braved the frigid air to protest outside the governor's mansion, holding signs such as "Blackface, no place" and "Step down and do Virginia a favor".

Murphy in an interview on MSNBC said "with a heavy heart" that he doesn't see any other choice for his fellow Democrat.

The official was not authorized to speak on the record to detail a private conversation.

While the image shows one person in blackface standing next to another individual in a Ku Klux Klan uniform, Northam on Friday apologized for the photo but did not divulge which of the two people might be him nor tender his resignation.

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Northam took responsibility for the controversial photo but said on Saturday that he believes that he does not appear in the picture and does not have any plans to resign.

"Ralph Northam served in our nation's military, treated thousands of families as a medical doctor, and had the audacity to ask for Black votes when he wanted to become governor, yet never once mentioned that he thought it was ok to be in black face or dressed as a Klansman", Bass said in a statement.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam confirmed Friday that he is one of the people in a racist yearbook photo from the 1980s. The photo shows two people looking at the camera - one in blackface wearing a hat, bow tie and plaid trousers; the other in white Klan robes.

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"Governor Northam has lost all moral authority and should resign immediately", former United States vice president Joe Biden, a Democrat weighing a 2020 presidential run, said on Twitter.

The Washington Post quoted a Virginia state Democrat as saying Northam no longer thinks the picture includes him.

Virginia's governor on Saturday vowed to remain in office despite widespread calls for his resignation.

With lawmakers from both sides of the aisle calling on Northam to resign, he appears poised to go down fighting.

Democratic Senator Kamala Harris had also supported Northam, tweeting when he won: "Congratulations to @RalphNortham and his team for showing that Virginia won't stand for hatred and bigotry". It makes it nearly impossible for him to govern. If not, he said he will make a decision on resigning at a later date.

Former US housing secretary Julian Castro, who has also entered the race, said: "This behaviour was racist and unconscionable". The photo is disturbing and offensive, as unacceptable in 1984 as it is today.

The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus issued a statement late Friday saying "we feel complete betrayal" and are "still processing" the pictures.

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