Just as Blackface-Klan Hood Photo Surfaced, Virginia Lt. Gov. Fairfax Defended Gov. Northam Over Infanticide Comments: ‘Attacks on His Character…Must End’

On Friday afternoon, at about the same time as the news of  Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook photo in blackface-Klan hood was broken by Big League Politics, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax (D) defended Northam (D) from critics of the governor’s comments earlier this week supporting post-partum abortions. Fairfax said in part, “The attacks on his character and medical judgement in response to policy differences are disgraceful and they must end.”

Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax.

Fairfax also defended fellow Democrat Delegate Kathy Tran over criticism of her bill (since defeated) that would have legalized abortion as a baby was being born. Northam’s infanticide comments came in support of Tran’s bill.


Fairfax posted his statement to Twitter at 1:49 p.m. EST, about the same time that Big League Politics broke the story of Northam’s yearbook blackface-Klan hood photo, posted to Twitter at 2:06 p.m. shortly after being published.

Image of Fairfax statement:

Northam and Tran comments that Fairfax is defending:

Should Northam resign, as seems inevitable as even the man he served under when he was lieutenant governor, Governor Terry McAuliffe has called on him to resign, Fairfax succeeding Northam will be a case of ‘meet the new boss, the same as the old boss’ when it comes to abortion.

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