On Friday, the Virginian-Pilot broke the news that a yearbook photo for Virginia's Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, had a man in blackface standing next to a man in a Ku Klux Klan hood.
On Saturday, Northam held a press conference where he claimed that the photos he had apologized for Friday were not him and that he would not resign.
The statement was immediately met with scorn on the internet, where calls for his resignation were renewed.
Northam's predecessor, Terry McAuliffe, and Democratic National Chairman Tom Perez have both called for Northam to step down.
This Northam press conference is Trump-level bad, in terms of its sheer incompetence. His staff must be wanting to… https://t.co/RvoCAIgryo— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1549138860.0
Northam smirked at wearing blackface, calling it just a "little shoe polish." https://t.co/pcveTNfm4a— Justin Miller (@Justin Miller)1549139118.0
The Northam press conference was a like a deadly car accident that you just can't look away from.— Festive Alison Poole 🏳️🌈 (@Festive Alison Poole 🏳️🌈)1549142001.0
The wife is always the giveaway . She doesn’t believe him either #GovNortham . Northam’s Press Conference Was… Som… https://t.co/STzTlUroO2— Gianni (@Gianni)1549141999.0
“Coonman” sounds a satirical novel, but Black face or not, it seems like Ralph Northam was known by his peers for impersonating black people— a. bland (@a. bland)1549141993.0
@marklevinshow He says it’s not him in his wedding photos either. Doesn’t know who that guy next to his wife is.… https://t.co/uxabFHAHcy— Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness (@Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness)1549141991.0
Egregious and racist photo. No excuses. Resign. Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam, Defies Calls to Resign Over Racis… https://t.co/5vHwfIlwgf— Josephine Ensign (@Josephine Ensign)1549141990.0
@BreeNewsome no. just no. the first rule of hole-digging is to STOP DIGGING. Northam isn't being tone-deaf now, he'… https://t.co/plBet00N4x— Witty Librarian In a Mask (@Witty Librarian In a Mask)1549142160.0
Let me add my name to the list of Democrats who believe Ralph Northam needs to resign. NOW. Justin Fairfax will mak… https://t.co/sCtTeI4Zhc— Jana Kellam (@Jana Kellam)1549141879.0
#RalphNortham is now using the Trump school of denials - claiming he's privately spoken to someone who assures him… https://t.co/egwjmfVauu— Northam Must Resign (@Northam Must Resign)1549141501.0