UPDATE: Richmond Times-Dispatch calls for Governor Northam to resign here.
Derrick Johnson, President of the NAACP said:
“Black face in any manner is always racist and never okay. No matter the party affiliation, we can not stand for such behavior, which is why the NAACP is calling for the resignation of Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.”
Kamala Harris (D-California), candidate for President said,
Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government. The Governor of Virginia should step aside so the public can heal and move forward together.”
From Daily Kos (a very liberal blog):
“Northam’s racist med school antics have no place anywhere in America. No apology is enough. Northam must resign immediately.”
If Ralph Northam is one of the two people pictured in the highly disturbing, horrific photo wearing either blackface or a KKK hood – or if he selected or approved of its use on his yearbook page — he should immediately resign. There are no excuses for such a racist display.”
Congressman Brendan Boyle, (Democrat California):
There are some tough calls in public life. This isn’t one of them.
Gov Northam: Resign at once.
Julian Castro, candidate for President and former Secretary of HUD:
It doesn’t matter if he is a Republican or a Democrat. This behavior was racist and unconscionable. Governor Northam should resign.
After his refusal this evening to be completely transparent about his past actions, it’s clear that Ralph Northam has no business remaining Governor of Virginia,” Chamberlain wrote. “Whether it happened yesterday or thirty-five years ago, the Democratic Party of 2019 has no place for people in positions of power with a history of racist actions. Ralph Northam should resign from his office immediately.”
New Jersey Democrat Governor Phil Murphy calls for Northam’s resignation here.
With national Democrats calling for Northam’s resignation, local Democrats will soon follow suit. Northam will be gone by Monday.