Trump stokes Democrats' Virginia turmoil as scandal snares Republican

Attorney Debra Katz puts her hand on Christine Blasey Ford as she testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee

"I am not either of the people in that photo", he said with his wife by his side. Cox, for example, said Herring "should adhere to the standards he's set for others or lose credibility" and called the allegations against Fairfax "shocking".

Fairfax has repeatedly denied her allegations, saying the encounter was consensual and he is the victim of a strategically timed political smear.

Then as videos and pictures of college students wearing blackface popped up - leading universities to condemn the images and take disciplinary action.

"We're really wanting to be clear that we need our Democratic leadership to change... we really want a party that's open to all without regard to race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and we encourage black leadership, indigenous leadership, woman leadership, LGBTQ... and marginalized folks to really step into political participation while challenging the validity of Virginia's white supremacist Democratic party", the organizer stressed.

In 2018, the Washington Post pursued a possible story about allegations from Scripps College Professor Vanessa Tyson, who is now accusing Fairfax.

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Should all three Democrats resign, Cox would be elevated to governor, flipping control of a crucial swing state to Republicans in the run-up to the 2020 USA presidential election. The GOP speaker of the House of Delegates, Kirk Cox, is in line to become governor, and the Republican-controlled House would select a new attorney general.

Professional blackface performances petered out in the United States in the latter 20th century, though it remained a feature of some variety shows and movies, notably the 1986 film "Soul Man".

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, accompanied by his wife Pamela Northam announces he will not resign during a news conference in Richmond, Virginia, U.S. February 2, 2019. Barbara Favola of Virginia saying, "I have to take a breath and think about this".

Democrats have made significant gains in the state legislature in recent years.

President Donald Trump suggested the turmoil could improve his party's chances in the state. As the scandal spread, some prominent Democrats began taking more restrained positions.

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The lawmakers say they stand by their earlier call for Northam to resign over a racist photo in his medical school yearbook that featured someone in blackface and another person in Klan robes. "It was really a minimisation of both people of colour and a minimisation of a horrific history I knew well even then".

"Democrats at the top are killing the Great State of Virginia", Trump tweeted Thursday morning.

Mr Northam has come under pressure from almost the entire state and national Democratic establishment to resign after the discovery of a photo on his profile page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook of someone in blackface standing next to a person in a Ku Klux Klan hood and robe.

Until Wednesday, that is, when Herring said he had worn "brown makeup" at a party in 1980 to impersonate the rapper Kurtis Blow.

Northam, whose term runs through 2022, initially said he was in the photograph, but backtracked a day later.

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Born in 1951, she studied mathematics and biochemistry before earning a master's degree in public health, all in the US. He said: "I am not aiming to extend my power but I am doing this for the benefit for the country and the people".


While almost the entire Democratic establishment rose up against Northam over the past week to demand he resign, party members did not call for immediate resignations over the two latest developments, which threaten to cause a political chain reaction that could make a GOP legislative leader the governor.

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