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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says he’s “not going anywhere” in spite of a racist photo printed in his medical school yearbook. The Democratic lawmaker admitted to “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King he “overreacted” when he initially apologized for appearing in the photograph of two men – one wearing blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume – on his 1984 yearbook page.
“When you’re in a state of shock like I was, we don’t always think as clearly as we should. I will tell you that later that night I had a chance to step back, take a deep breath, look at the picture and said, ‘This is not me in the picture,'” Northam said. “And I also had a number of friends and classmates from medical school that called and said Ralph that is not you and that was comforting as well.”
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“But governor, that’s a hell of an overreaction for something that is so sensitive and so offensive and so explosive to take responsibility without really knowing for 100 percent that that’s me,” King said.
“Yes, again, when I stepped back and looked at it, I just said, I know it’s not me in the Klan outfit. And I started looking in a picture of the individual with blackface. I said that’s not me either. And that’s why I felt so strongly about going in front of the camera on Saturday and clarifying,” Northam said.
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