After officials of all political stripes called for him to resign amid the revelation of a racist image on his page in a medical school yearbook, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam has remained defiant.
In his first interview since a widely panned news conference on the matter, the Democrat said it has been a “horrific week” for his state. Virginia’s lieutenant governor and attorney general have also weathered controversy in recent days.
“A lot of individuals across Virginia have been hurt,” Northam said.
Acknowledging he has “a lot to learn” on the topic of race, he dedicated the remainder of his term to addressing related issues.
“The more I know, the more I can do,” he said, expressing a desire to “heal that pain” and a belief that he is “the person that can do that for Virginia.”
Northam said he will also address issues while on a “reconciliation tour” throughout the state.