Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) admitted he once appeared in blackface, plunging the state Democratic Party further into chaos on Wednesday.
Herring’s confession that he dressed in blackface in 1980 when he was a 19-year-old student at the University of Virginia makes him the third top-ranked Virginia Democrat who’s been tarred by scandal in recent days, and the second who’s admitted to dressing in blackface. Herring is also second in line to the governorship.
Now, I will more forgive a 19 year old dumbass than a guy in medical school and after, but still. C’mon.
Or maybe given Justin Fairfax’s sexual assault history, the moratorium should be on men running period.
However, this is a 100% correct take:
The fact that Northam, a Democrat, has not yet resigned is a lesson learned from Trump: If you don’t resign and stare down the public outrage, chances are the news cycle will move on and you just might survive.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) February 6, 2019
It’s pretty clear at this point that Northam isn’t going to resign, especially if neither Fairfax nor Herring can take over because of their own scandals. And while we do need to be wary of falling for Republican ratfucking operations, these are the most self-inflicted wounds ever. I realize that politicians are, as a class, bad egotistical people. But this is just ridiculous.