Democrat Mark Herring, attorney general of Virginia (Official portrait)
And then there were three.
The state of Virginia continues to be battered politically this week, as its attorney general, Mark Herring, who is third in line to the governorship, is admitting that he has worn blackface in the past.
“In 1980, when I was a 19-year-old undergraduate in college, some friends suggested we attend a party dressed like rappers we listened to at the time, like Kurtis Blow, and perform a song,” Herring, a Democrat, said.
“It sounds ridiculous even now writing it. But because of our ignorance and glib attitudes – and because we did not have an appreciation for the experiences and perspectives of others – we dressed up and put on wigs and brown makeup.”
“This was a onetime occurrence and I accept full responsibility for my conduct,” he continued.
“That conduct clearly shows that, as a young man, I had a callous and inexcusable lack of awareness and insensitivity to the pain my behavior could inflict on others. It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then.
“Although the shame of that moment has haunted me for decades, and though my disclosure of it now pains me immensely, what I am feeling compares in no way to the betrayal, the shock, and the deep pain that Virginians of color may be feeling.”
“This conduct is in no way reflective of the man I have become in the nearly 40 years since.”
Please see my statement below. pic.twitter.com/FBDcgxHOq9
— Mark Herring (@MarkHerringVA) February 6, 2019
Radio host Rush Limbaugh noted on Wednesday’s revelation: “I wonder how many Democrats are noticing that it’s Democrats who are engaged in all of this.”
“I always lamented the fact that hypocrisy never seems to stick to these people. … It’s not looking good for these people.”
Herring’s disclosure comes after it was revealed Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has a 1984 yearbook photo showing a man in blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan costume.
Ralph Northam’s 1984 yearbook page from Eastern Virginia Medical School features this photo
Northam has been under intense pressure by some of the biggest names in the Democratic Party, including Hillary Clinton and former Attorney General Eric Holder to resign his position.
As WND reported, Northam initially came under fire last week when appeared on WTOP Radio to discuss House Bill 2491, also known as the Repeal Act, which would remove all restrictions on abortion in Virginia, even allowing a woman to abort her child while she’s in labor or even after it’s born alive.
“If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen,” Northam explained. “The infant would be delivered. The infant would be kept comfortable. The infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
Meanwhile, Justin Fairfax, the lieutenant governor of Virginia, also a Democrat, is being accused of sexual assault, which he vigorously denies.
Political science professor Vanessa Tyson claims Fairfax forced her to perform oral sex on him at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. Fairfax says the sex was consensual.
On Wednesday, NBC News reported that during a private meeting Monday, Fairfax said of Tyson, “F**k that b***h.”
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