Editor’s note: The Republicans have historically been quiet about members of their own party being openly racist, however they will quickly call for a Democrat’s resignation after it comes out that he is racist. Don’t misunderstand this as support for Northam from R2D, because we believe he should resign immediately. We just want to give context to the hypocrisy of the Republican Party at the same time.
Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Kirk Cox, Majority Leader Todd Gilbert, Caucus Chairman Tim Hugo, and Majority Whip Nick Rush released the following statement Saturday:
“When the racist picture first emerged Friday, we were shocked and repulsed. The photo is disturbing and offensive, as unacceptable in 1984 as it is today.
“We withheld judgement last night while awaiting an explanation from the Governor believing the gravity of the situation deserved prudence and deliberation.
“We agree with the powerful words of our colleagues in the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus and believe that because of this photo the Governor has lost the confidence of the citizens he serves.
“While we respect the Governor’s lifetime of service, his ability to lead and govern is permanently impaired and the interests of the Commonwealth necessitate his resignation.”