Well, that was certainly one a freakish press conference yesterday. He added that "I cannot change the decisions I made, nor can I undo the harm my behavior caused then and today". Northam said he had not seen the photo before Friday, since he had not bought the yearbook or been involved in its preparation 35 years ago. On Saturday, though, the governor reversed course and said the picture "is definitely not me".
Northam, who is one year into his four-year term, again rejected demands that he step down.
He added that he once used shoe polish to darken his face for a Michael Jackson costume he wore in a 1984 dance contest in San Antonio, Texas, when he was in the US Army.
Ralph Northam's association with a racist yearbook image and his dismal response to its discovery demonstrate that he is unfit to be governor. As for his nickname, "coonman", at the Virginia Military Institute, Northam said he main nickname was Goose, which started in high school.
Joining McAuliffe in denouncing Tran's late term abortion bill was Tim Kaine, one of the two United States Senators representing the Commonwealth. "He's going to do the right thing".
A few dozen people protested outside the governor's mansion Monday morning. The few that had held back then called for him to step down, including the state's two USA senators, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, who had been privately encouraging him to resign. We did so many great things working together for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Walter Broadnax, a retired neurologist who is African-American, graduated with Northam in 1984.
Had Northam resigned, he would have been succeeded by Fairfax.
Northam faces calls to resign from top Democrats in Congress and virtually every elected Republican and Democratic leader in Virginia.
FILE - Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax speaks during an interview in his office at the Capitol in Richmond, Virginia, Feb. 2, 2019.
When the photo emerged Friday, Northam initially apologized and conceded that he did in fact appear in the image.
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"I can't explain the pictures", he says.
"If it wasn't him in the photo, he should've said that on Friday", McAuliffe said. You know if you put a hood on. I'm a former member of the national board of the NAACP.
"It doesn't matter whether he was in that photo or not in the photo at this point".
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Asked by a reporter whether he could still do Jackson's famous moonwalk, Mr Northam paused before his wife Pamela interjected to say it was "inappropriate circumstances".
Moran told ABC's This Week that Northam's record- including his support of Medicaid expansion and of public schools in minority neighbourhoods - shows that the embattled governor is a friend of African-Americans and that he should ride out the storm. I mean, a studio and a swath of town that was you know, burned down by the Confederate troops as the Union troops advanced in 1865 and Richmond fell. "I think we should forgive him".
Some critics seized on Big League Politics' reported ties to GOP operatives, but Howley has described the news outlet as politically "independent".
The scars from centuries of racial oppression are still raw in a state that was once home to the capital of the Confederacy.
Heated debates about Confederate statues are ongoing after a deadly 2017 white nationalist rally in Charlottesville. Is part of the reason that you're telling him he has to go is that he's proven himself to be incompetent as a standard bearer for Democrats trying to hold on to the middle ground in a swing state?
Former Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both Democrats, released statements on Saturday calling for Northam to resign.