Democrats have such a friendly relationship with the media that the emergence of a photo of one of their leading elected officials in blackface could actually help their public image.
Media outlets across the country are covering the growing chorus of calls for my Virginia Governor Ralph Northam to resign over the shocking photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook page, which features a person in a Ku Klux Klan outfit standing beside a person wearing blackface with a fedora, curly hair, bow tie, and sunglasses.
The controversy grew even more intense following sexual assault allegations against Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax and the subsequent admission by Attorney General Mark Herring — who would stand to become governor if both Northam and Fairfax resign — that he, too, wore blackface at least once when he was in college.
Northam has kept the blackface issue in the news with a series of boneheaded public statements, most recently with an interview in which he referred to black slaves as “indentured servants.”
Clearly, the outrage over a statewide public official possibly harboring a history of racism is no small story, and it should not be minimized or overlooked, because we should always call out bigotry and racism like this. However, this scandal is covering up another scandal, and that’s no surprise coming from the most prominent wing of the Democrat Party, the extreme progressive left. MORE