"I'm not going anywhere": Ralph Northam strikes defiant pose to Gayle King

"I'm not going anywhere": Ralph Northam strikes defiant pose to Gayle King

Footage of an interview between Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and "CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King was aired on "Face the Nation" on Sunday morning, with more of the footage scheduled to air on the Monday edition of "CBS This Morning" - and Northam made it clear he does not intend to step down despite an ongoing scandal about his alleged past use of blackface.

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Ralph "The Rat" Northam, the disgraced Virginia Democratic governor who almost moonwalked at a press conference while supposedly showing his honest apology for misremembering either dressing as a Ku Klux Klan member and when exactly he painted his face to impersonate a black person, has now officially declared he is not going to step down from office despite almost the entire country asking him to do so.

"And the main point that this person told me is that at the end of the day, the white person - just as I was the white person that dressed up as an African-American dancer - at the end of the day we can take that makeup off and go back to being white", but a black person continues to live in that skin and all that it represents. "Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass", Northam said.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him as lieutenant governor.

"Yes. And while we have made a lot of progress in Virginia, slavery has ended".

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Although the Democratic Party has taken nearly a zero-tolerance approach to misconduct among its members in this #MeToo era, a housecleaning in Virginia could be costly to them: If all three Democrats resigned, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox would become governor.

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", Northam told the Post.

Fairfax has said that encounters with both women were consensual.

The tumult in Virginia began late last week, with the discovery of the photo on Northam's yearbook profile page that showed someone in blackface standing beside another person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

The dean of Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation requested immediate investigations of the women's allegations against Fairfax.

Attorney General Mark Herring, Mr Northam's deputy, has acknowledged wearing "brown make-up" to a party when he was 19.

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Democratic lawmakers from Virginia have called on Fairfax to resign, as have Democratic senators Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Cory Booker of New Jersey - both 2020 presidential contenders - among others. On Sunday he tweeted out: "African Americans are very angry at the double standard on full display in Virginia!"

Part of the issue may be that Northam is not the only prominent Democrat in Virginia state government to be hit with allegations of misbehavior.

Northam's controversial choice of words predictably triggered a new wave of calls for his resignation.

Virginia delegate Patrick Hope, a Democrat, said Friday night he will be bringing articles of impeachment against Fairfax.

That may not satisfy Virginians, who, according to recent polls, are thoroughly divided on whether Northam should step down from office.

As the crisis widened by midweek, Democratic leaders, and black members of the Virginia legislature appeared willing to give both Fairfax and Herring the benefit of the doubt for the time being-in Herring's case, because he apologized personally for wearing blackface. Support was higher for Northam among black residents, who by a margin of 58 percent to 37 percent said he should serve out his term.

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