WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - As the events in Virginia are reaching all the way to Capitol Hill, President Trump is set to deliver his now delayed State of the Union address Tueday night.
The entire Virginia congressional delegation are calling on Gov. Northam to resign. They're being joined by D.C. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, who says she has serious doubts about Northam's innocence.
The governor backpedaled after apologizing for the racist photo in his 1984 med school yearbook. Northam admitted on Saturday to wearing shoe polish to portray Michael Jackson and another yearbook lists his nickname as “coonman”
“Sounds like he had some kind of reputation. He himself says that he was doing 'imitations' and doing blackface. He had to reveal that in his press conference Saturday, so the more we learn, the worse it gets,” said Norton.
Back in Washington, timing of the Northam scandal couldn’t be worse for Democrats, who were looking to set themselves apart from Republicans ahead of the State of the Union address.
Former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams is giving the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union.
Abrams lost a close election in Georgia that would've mad her the first female African American governor in U.S. history.
Presidet Trump – who has faced racial criticism himself after the 2017 Charlottesville protests – called Northam “unforgivable.”
But despite Abrams's star power, Northam has stolen the spotlight in DC, and even D.C. Mayor Bowser tells FOX 5 today – Northam has got to go.
“It’s a regrettable situation all around, but I think that a leader who ‘cares’ about his state, would want to put his state first. I don’t live in Virginia i live in the District, but there are succession rules in Virginia about what should happen if that happens," she said.
Virginia’s two U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are both former Virginia governors. Both joined with Virginia Congressman Bobby Scott Saturday night to call on Ralph Northam.