Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Gov. Northam: He needs ‘to step aside’

Statement made on 'Fox & Friends' show
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers on Gov. Northam: He needs ‘to step aside’

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is following multiple other elected officials, calling for Virginia governor Ralph Northam to “step aside,” amid allegations that he is pictured in a photo of two people dressed up in black face and a Ku Klux Klan member. The photo was originally reported by Big League Politics.

In an episode of Fox & Friends on Saturday morning, McMorris Rodgers was slated to talk about her son Cole, defending infants born with Down Syndrome. In the beginning of a clip posted on her Twitter, host Ed Henry asked her for thoughts on the matter.

My son Cole brings my family joy every single day. He’s a great big brother and an awesome son. He happened to be born with an extra 21st chromosome, and his life is worth living. Watch my full interview from this morning on @foxandfriends. pic.twitter.com/xpcupo0u74

— CathyMcMorrisRodgers (@cathymcmorris) February 2, 2019

McMorris Rodgers is among Republicans and Democrats alike calling for Northam to step aside.

The photo is racist and contrary to fundamental American values. I join my colleagues in Virginia calling on Governor Northam to do the right thing so that the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia can heal and move forward.

— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 2, 2019

These images arouse centuries of anger, anguish, and racist violence and they’ve eroded all confidence in Gov. Northam’s ability to lead. We should expect more from our elected officials. He should resign.

— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) February 2, 2019

Governor Northam should resign. Our Commonwealth is better than this and deserves better than this.

— James Comey (@Comey) February 2, 2019

Our call for Ralph Northam’s resignation stands. His self-serving statements did nothing to rectify his past indiscretions. His stance on life and his racist past are inexcusable. Like we said yesterday, Governor Northam has lost the moral authority to govern our Commonwealth.

— Virginia GOP (RPV) (@VA_GOP) February 2, 2019

During a press conference on Saturday, Northam told media outlets he would not resign, and maintained that he was “neither of those people” in the photograph.

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