A photo of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam surfaced today of him and a friend in a medical school yearbook photo – one in blackface and one in a KKK hood. Northam has admitted that he is one of the people in the photo (later confirmed to be the blackface one) and released an official apology. Worse, it seems that one of his nicknames in medical school, recorded in the same yearbook, is a racial slur against black people.
Democrats and others on the left have widely condemned the photo and expressed anger and disappointment toward Northam, some calling for him to resign. Republicans, of course, are doing the same. The difference is that the right is living in a big old house made of racism glass, but this hasn’t stopped them from chucking stones around.
As a Virginian & Rep. of Charlottesville, @GovernorVA yearbook photos hit more than a nerve. This Virginian demands an explanation. Now. Issues of racial discrimination cannot be taken lightly & this type of behavior is dangerous & unacceptable in any formhttps://t.co/FnrIRyngoX— Congressman Denver Riggleman (@RepRiggleman) February 1, 2019
Riggleman, aside from having a horrifying middle name, has been condemned in the past for campaigning with known white supremacist Isaac Smith. Also, it can’t be said enough that he likes Bigfoot erotica. Neither of those revelations motivated Riggleman to resign.
And that’s not even close to the only example of utterly blatant GOP racism that the party has excused, brushed off, or completely ignored. Let’s not forget that it took Representative Steve King, also known as Corn Hitler, asking why the term “white supremacist” was offensive for Republicans to punish him at all. He has, of course, not resigned.
Florida’s Republican Secretary of State Mike Ertel resigned just over a week ago after a photo surfaced of him in blackface at a party 14 years ago. It’s great that he resigned, but it’s safe to say that Republicans did not make nearly as much noise, or any noise, about this instance of White Politician Caught Being Racist Douchbag. Did anybody even hear about Ertel?
Remember all the times that Donald Trump had the opportunity to condemn white supremacist groups, including the KKK, and refused? We all know there’s still a tape out there of him saying the n-word. And let’s not forget about the photos from Covington Catholic basketball games featuring kids in total blackface jeering at black players. Somehow that whole thing seems to have been forgotten already.
The entire right even went out their way to support that racist pizza guy nobody likes.
This is not to say that Northam shouldn’t resign. He absolutely should, and his party is already calling for it. If his fellow Democrats can’t convince him to step down, this will likely be his last term as governor. Republicans not only don’t need to add to the chorus, they’re turning themselves into giant hypocrites by doing so.
And Twitter agrees.
If you are a conservative condemning Virginia Governor Ralph Northam for the blackface/KKK photo, we Democrats agree with you. Now do Donald Trump, Steve King and all the other Republican racists.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) February 1, 2019
Conservatives, I want you to look across your timeline at folks on the left calling on Ralph Northam to step down over that yearbook photo. It's not dying on the sword when its a universal standard.— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) February 1, 2019
[democrat poses in blackface in yearbook photo]— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) February 1, 2019
DEMOCRATS: Resign immediately, honestly how is this even a question?
[republican is a literal child molester]
REPUBLICANS: Y’know it was so long ago who can even remember, anyway the Bible says...
The pictures of Ralph Northam are inexcusable. In a state still reeling from Charlottesville, this is not what we need in a leader. Period.— Caroline Orr (@RVAwonk) February 2, 2019
But, um, Republicans, y'all can just sit this one out. Remember Corey Stewart? Yea, so go ahead and sit it out. We know where you stand. pic.twitter.com/Nx5lpwYwri
Notice the Democratic reaction towards Ralph Northam compared to how Republicans reacted to Steve King.— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) February 2, 2019
Two presidential candidates already called for Northam's resignation, while Steve King is still in Congress after all these years. Both parties are not the same.
Actually, the Ralph Northam story is leading on the network I was just on. The sad thing is that if someone found a blackface photo, a KKK photo, or an N-word video of Donald Trump, it probably wouldn’t lead on Fox News and Trump supporters would be defending and excusing it. https://t.co/ML4pWF2rrh— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) February 2, 2019
As you watch the universal condemnation of Ralph Northam on your timeline, recognize the stark difference between this reaction and the reaction to racist activity on the part of @GOP leaders— Ahmed Baba (@AhmedBaba_) February 2, 2019
The right is very… selective when deciding who they call to resign for racist activity
From what I’ve seen so far regarding Ralph Northam and his racist costumes, I think he should definitely resign, at the same time racists like Ron DeSantis, Predator trump, Mike Pence, Steve King, Stephen Miller and every other fascist regime official does the same. Yes?— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) February 2, 2019
Kellyanne Conway has tweeted and RTed 8 tweets about Ralph Northam...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 1, 2019
I do wish she would show as much concern for his racism as her boss’s racism...
Because I condemn both.
There's a STARK difference between DEMs and the GOP when it comes to holding people responsible for misdeeds.— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) February 2, 2019
CASE IN POINT: Ralph Northam is swiftly condemned by DEMs after blackface pictures surface.
GOP: Supports pedophiles, racists, and whatever Rep. Jim Jordan is.
Conservatives who want Ralph Northam to step down but are silent about Donald Trump and Steve King can eat shit.— Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) February 1, 2019
Has Steve King come out in support of Ralph Northam yet?— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) February 2, 2019
If you go through the top posts about Ralph Northam on Twitter you’ll notice that conservatives seem vastly more concerned about pushing the false narrative that Northam supports “post-birth abortions” (which is not a thing) and infanticide, which no one supports. You might also notice how many of them are focused on claiming that Democrats are defending Northam alongside a distinct lack of Democrats defending Northam. Instead, every tweet from anyone left of center is either calling of Northam to resign or pointing out that Republicans can support white supremacy right up to today and will still be supported by the right.