The timing of Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s racist yearbook photo release in the same week he defended a plan to let unwanted babies die after birth seems too coincidental to be coincidental.
A new report on Monday claims that one led to the other.
Numerous influential Democrats and liberal groups have been demanding that Northam resign after a yearbook page emerged last week showing photos of him in medical school alongside a photo of a person in blackface posing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan costume.
Initially, Northam admitted to being in the racist photo from 1984. He apologized but said he would not step down. But a day later, he changed his story, insisting that he was not the blackface individual in the photo but admitting that he did don blackface once while dressing up as Michael Jackson.
That new claim didn’t satisfy many people, and the calls for him to resign intensified.
The Washingon Post published an update on Monday about Northam and the person who may have dug up the yearbook photo that threatens to destroy his political career.
The Post talked to Patrick Howley, the editor in chief of Big League Politics, and asked him how he found out about the racist yearbook photo.
“It’s very easy to explain,” Howley told them. “A concerned citizen, not a political opponent, came to us and pointed this out. I was very offended [by the photo] because I don’t like racism.”
According to one of the Post’s anonymous sources at Big League Politics, “The revelations about Ralph Northam’s racist past were absolutely driven by his medical school classmate’s anger over his recent very public support for infanticide.”
Northam has been drawing anger from pro-life supporters by defending Democrat lawmakers’ plans to let unwanted babies that have already been born be left alone to die.
With Northam’s political term in jeopardy, there’s a growing possibility that Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax will get a big promotion to become Virginia’s second-ever black governor.
But now an allegation from Fairfax’ more recent past is casting a huge shadow over his possible governorship.
Big League Politics, started by former Breitbart employees, initially broke the news about the Northam yearbook photo. On Sunday, they also broke the news about a sexual assault allegation against Fairfax.
Vanessa Tyson, a fellow and a professor at two prestigious California universities, wrote a social media post about being raped “during the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004.” She didn’t name Fairfax, but her description led people to believe she could be talking about him.
“Imagine you were sexually assaulted during the DNC Convention in Boston in 2004 by a campaign staffer,” Tyson wrote on Facebook. “You spend the next 13 years trying to forget it ever happened. Until one day you find out he’s the Democratic candidate for statewide office in a state some 3000 miles away, and he wins that election in November 2017. Then, by strange, horrible luck, it seems increasingly likely that he’ll get a VERY BIG promotion.”
The story got noticed enough that Fairfax’s office released a statement acknowledging the sexual assault allegation but denying the actual incident ever happened.
The statement acknowledges that a friend of Tyson had approached the Washington Post with the sexual assault claim more than a year ago during the gubernatorial campaign. But it added that the Post did not publish the story due to “the absence of any evidence corroborating the allegation, and the significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegation.”
However, the Post shot back at Fairfax’s statement, saying, that Tyson and her friend did tell “different versions” of what happened but that they did not find “significant red flags and inconsistencies within the allegations.”
The Post then published details, for the first time, on Monday of the alleged sexual assault. Tyson claims that what started out as consensual kissing by Fairfax turned into an act of rape.