Virginia governor mulls future amid blackface scandal

Democrat Ralph Northam has refused to step down as nearly every politician in the state has called for him to resign.
2:37 | 02/05/19

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Tonight's other major headline, the firestorm swirling around Virginia governor Ralph Northam. The governor overwhelmed by calls to resign, over a racist photo in his medical school yearbook. The image shows one man in black face, the other a member of the Ku klux Klan. Northam first admitting he was in the photo, then denying it. Tonight, the governor is asking his own cabinet for more time deciding his next move. Tom llamas in Richmond tonight. Reporter: Tonight, the calls for governor Ralph Northam to resign are growing. But the Virginia Democrat refusing to step down. The trouble started when this racist photo emerged from his medical school yearbook page. At first, Northam confirmed he was one of the two men in the photo, but the next day -- I believe then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo. Reporter: But then, Northam admitted he had appeared in black face once before, during a dance contest in 1984, where he dressed as Michael Jackson. I had the shoes, I had a glove and I used just a little bit of shoe Polish to put on my cheek, and the reason I used a little bit is, because I don't know if anybody's ever tried that, you cannot get shoe Polish off. Reporter: When a reporter inquired if he could still moonwalk, the governor seemed to want to try. Are you still able to moonwalk? Inappropriate circumstance. My wife says, inappropriate circumstances. Reporter: Our Zachary kiesch asking him this question -- Do you think as a grown adult that it's problematic that you need to have it explained to you that black face is offensive? No. You know, I'm not a person of color and people of color experience different things, it affects them different ways. Reporter: Nearly every politician in Virginia has called on Northam to resign. So have virtually all the Democrats running for president. And if he ultimately takes their advice, lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax is next in line. I believe that the governor has to make the decision that's in the best interest for the commonwealth of Virginia. And Tom llamas joins us tonight in Richmond. And Tom, governor Northam met with his cabinet earlier today, and tonight, he's still resisting calls to resign? We've lost Tom's audio, but apparently that is the case. He is resisting calls to resign tonight. Tom llamas, thank you. We're going to turn next tonight to an ABC news exclusive.

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