Reps. Jerry Connolly (D-VA) and Gregory Meeks (D-NY) appeared on MSNBC Monday to discuss a number of topics but one was the recent discovery of racist incidents by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam from 35 years ago.
Host Katy Tur noted that Northam is taking a page out of the Donald Trump playbook and refusing to step down or step aside despite scandal.
"Is the Democratic Party speaking as one with this because Donald Trump is a leader in the White House that has been accused of racism, of being racially intolerant, are you so severe with Northam because there is no room to be understanding for anyone in the party because you have to hold the line against what you see is wrong within the Republican Party with Donald Trump or someone like Steve King?" Tur asked Connolly.
He confessed that was part of it but more it's about Virginia's history and the image particularly after the Charlottesville attacks by white nationalists and neo-Nazis.
Tur asked Connolly if he would be giving everyone "a beat" to calm down and think in the way that he's asking everyone do to uncover accusations against the Virginia Democrats.
"I have been here in New York. I happen to know that [Trump] was a conman all along, as said by some of his Republican colleagues, but people were waiting to see and we are still waiting to see if he would change, if he would be presidential, if he would work with folks, if he would be the guy that would try to strike a deal. You can't do that with a conman, unfortunately. So, he still, people on the Democratic side, gave him a break initially and it is only because of his continued actions and his continued statements that he made with regard to what took place in Virginia -- that his actions speak for who he is," Meeks closed.
Oddly enough, Trump attacked Northam, though he neglected to mention whether or not there were "fine people on both sides" of the issue.