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Back in February, scandal broke out briefly involving Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) and a photo that appeared on his yearbook page depicting two men, one in a KKK outfit and the other in blackface.
At the time, the case seemed open and shut. So much so that Northam admitted he was in the photo and offered to moon walk at a press conference out of desperation. It didn’t seem like he’d survive as Democrats started to abandon him. Then he buckled down and changed his story. The very next day, he suddenly couldn’t remember who was in the picture in question. He also couldn’t answer how the picture got on his yearbook page when all the students submitted their own photos for those pages. Never mind that his college nickname was “coonman,” a clearly racially charged descriptor.
After a few weeks, the story died down and because he wore indestructible plot armor of being a Democrat, the media basically let him off the hook and stopped talking about it.
Today, an “investigation” by Northam’s medical school (where the yearbook was issued) came back inconclusive. This has the media and Northam gaslighting the world and claiming vindication.
— Johnny Verhovek (@JTHVerhovek) May 22, 2019
So now not only is he saying he doesn’t remember, he’s asserting confidently that he was not in the photo at all.
Here’s a reminder of what he said the night this story first broke.
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. I believe you deserve to hear directly from me. pic.twitter.com/1rSw1oxfrX
— Ralph Northam (@GovernorVA) February 2, 2019
“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now.”
That’s quite a different take than we are hearing from Northam today.
The mainstream media were, of course, ready to offer an assist in rebuilding his image as they blasted out headlines painting Northam as vindicated.
Probe of racist photo on Va. governor’s yearbook page inconclusive; school investigators unable to identify person in blackface https://t.co/aMozKtMHkw
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) May 22, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) May 22, 2019
Again…he admitted to being the in the freaking picture. There is no debate to be had here. Northam doesn’t get a do-over.
Well, actually he does, because instead of calling out Northam’s lies, the media are happy to shove out stories accepting his narrative that he wasn’t in the photo (or at least pretending it’s nebulous). It’s incredible to witness such bias, which apparently has no boundaries. Would a Republican ever get this kind of kid-glove treatment? Of course not. But Northam is a Democrat and that means he must be protected, especially when any harm that comes to him could help the GOP in the next election in VA.
I’ve seen some pretty incredible gaslighting before, but a situation where someone admits to something, there’s photo evidence of that something, and then takes it all back is pretty next level stuff. I’m not sure whether to outraged or impressed.
The good news for Ralph Northam is that he is the one thing you need to be to get away with such an absurd statement without media destruction: a Democrat. https://t.co/diTOAj5p5h
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) May 22, 2019