Gov. Ralph Northam of Virginia during a press conference in Richmond, Va., Feb. 2, 2019. Northam, facing pressure from his own party to resign, said Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019, he would not quit and denied that he appeared in Ku Klux Klan robes or in blackface in images from his medical school yearbook that have upended his governorship. (Parker Michels-Boyce/The New York Times)
It’s hard to process this chain of events. In the immediate aftermath of the blackface/KKK picture that may or may not have featured Northam, the writing appeared to be on the wall: He needed to go. Every major national Democrat this side of Barack Obama called for Northam to step aside.