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Congressional Black Caucus: Northam ‘Has Lost The Authority To Lead’

David Krayden Ottawa Bureau Chief

Top leaders in the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) say it’s just getting worse for Virginia’s Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam as his explanations for posing in blackface become more confused.

California Democratic Rep. Karen Bass, chairwoman of the CBC, and Virginia Democratic Rep. Donald McEachin, CBC whip, spoke on Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” both saying that no matter when the governor appeared in blackface, it fatally affects his ability to lead today.

Congressional Black Caucus Whip Donald McEachin discusses the fate of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on “Meet the Press,” Feb. 3, 2019.

Congressional Black Caucus Whip Donald McEachin discusses the fate of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam on “Meet the Press,” Feb. 3, 2019. NBC News Screenshot

“He has lost the authority to lead, he’s lost the authority to govern. He has to resign,” McEachin said. “It’s in the best interest of the commonwealth, it’s in the best interest of the party.” (RELATED: CNN Issues Correction After Identifying Virginia Gov. Northam As Republican)

McEachin also suggested the questions people need to ask are “Can you lead? Can you heal.” The congressman responded, “Given the actions that he’s demonstrated over the past 48 hours, the answer is clearly no.”

After admitting he was in the photograph, Northam claimed Saturday that it was all a mistake that he had performed in blackface elsewhere.

Bass criticized Northam as “completely dishonest and disingenuous” and also said he has failed to follow-up on a promise to take down Confederate monuments in the state. (RELATED: ‘Unforgivable’ -Trump Calls Out Northam On Racist Photo And Late-Term Abortion Comments)

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass on “Meet the Press,” Feb. 3, 2019. NBC News screenshot.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass on “Meet the Press,” Feb. 3, 2019. NBC News screenshot.

Many prominent Democrats are steadfastly calling for Northam to resign.

The furor over the blackface photo was preceded by outrage over Northam’s support for a late-term abortion bill that many decried as nothing short of infanticide.

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