McAuliffe shrugged off Northam blackface photo as ‘dumb mistake 40 years ago’ months after calling it racist

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Northam served as McAuliffe’s lieutenant governor.

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In a 2019 interview, Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe denied in a 2019 interview that the current Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam Wore blackface in college yearbook photo and brushed it off as a dumb mistake.

“Listen, even if he’s in blackface, you know,” McAuliffe said While promoting his book in July of 2019. “40 years ago it was a dumb mistake.”

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“I grew up in New York,” McAuliffe said. “And in all fair people, I had no idea what blackface was. You know, I hadn’t experienced, we didn’t have issues of racism, honestly, growing up in Syracuse.”

McAuliffe, who served as governor of Virginia from 2014-2018, previously Called To resign over the yearbook photo on Northam. The former governor called the photo “racist” and “unforgivable at any age.”

“Terry has always been clear that what happened in that photo was wrong,” said McAuliffe campaign spokeswoman Christina Freundlich. said In a statement to CNN.

Northam endorsed McAuliffe in the Democratic primary earlier this year and previously served as McAuliffe’s lieutenant governor.

Northam apologize immediately For photos in February of 2019 after being published by the website Big League Politics, however he stopped to resign over the controversy.

“Earlier today, a website published a photo of me in a costume from my 1984 medical school book that is clearly racist and offensive,” Northam said at the time. “I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear in this photo and the injury caused by that then-and-now decision.”

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but a day later northmi backed down from confession, instead of saying that none of the people in the picture were him.

Examination of the photo proved inconclusive, with investigators unable to determine whether the photo contained the governor.

“Everyone we interviewed told us the governor was in the picture, and no one could positively tell who was in the picture,” investigators said.

almost two weeks left election Day in Virginia, governor The showdown between McAuliffe and Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin is at a standstill, according to a new poll.

McAuliffe and Youngkin are both at 46% Virginia Lodged voter, according to the Monmouth University survey conducted on October 16-19 and released on Wednesday.

DUMFRIES, VIRGINIA - OCTOBER 21: Former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (C) dances after US Vice President Kamala Harris (R) speaks at her campaign event on October 21, 2021 in Dumfries, Virginia.  The Virginia gubernatorial election, pitting McAuliffe against Republican nominee Glenn Youngkin, is on Nov. 2.  McAuliffe's wife Dorothy (L) is also featured.  (Photo by Vin McNamee/Getty Images)

This is a change from Monmouth’s September and August surveys, which looked closely at statewide races with potential national implications, when McAuliffe held a 5-point lead.

The McAuliffe campaign issued a media advisory this week alerting the press that Biden would campaign with McAuliffe in Arlington next Tuesday, just a week before the election.


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