Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Calls for Northam’s Resignation: This Is ‘Painful’

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is including to the slew of requires Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s resignation amid outrage over a racist photograph in his medical college yearbook.

In a Saturday night time put up, the freshman congresswoman demanded the Democrat step down, arguing that “those that attempt to assist him stumble previous this deserve scrutiny.”

“In case you can’t perceive how painful + eroding that is to American society, not to mention the state of Virginia, take a while to learn up this weekend,” she added, recommending former Atlantic journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates’ “Between the World and Me” as a place to begin.

On Friday, backlash was triggered by Northam’s alleged look within the 1984 photograph exhibiting a person in blackface subsequent to a different in a Ku Klux Klan outfit. Although the governor initially acknowledged being one of many two people, he has since walked again the assertion, now claiming he wasn’t within the image in any respect. 

Nonetheless, he famous he as soon as painted his face with shoe polish whereas dressing up as Michael Jackson for a dance competitors.

His response appears to have made issues worse for Northam. Ocasio-Cortez, who has typically been the topic of criticism for her boldness in expressing her views as a newly elected consultant, is simply one of many newest politicians to publicly denounce Northam as bipartisan assist rises for his resignation.

Regardless of the controversy, the governor reaffirmed on Saturday his intent to serve out the rest of his time period in workplace. His time period is scheduled to run by means of 2021.