NBC News commentators placed blame on President Donald Trump for the controversy dealing with Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.
Last Friday, Northam’s 1984 medical school yearbook entry went viral because it included a picture of a male in blackface with a male in a KKK hood and bathrobe. The Democrat initially accepted duty and used an apology. He then reversed course and declared he did think that the controversial image featured him at all. And throughout an interview, he did confess to using blackface while dressing up as Michael Jackson.
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On the Today Program, co-host Craig Melvin asked the panel why blackface seems “all of an unexpected front and center in America again?”
Princeton University Professor Eddie Glaude Jr. reacted by connecting Northam’s scandal to the president.
” I believe it has something to do with what Donald Trump has actually let loose. It has something to do with the tank that’s below our politics that can always be activated at any minute,” Glaude Jr. explained. “So it’s not like it’s something new has taken place. It’s always beneath. It’s the undertow.”
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MSNBC political analyst Zerlina Maxwell agreed with the Princeton professor.
” You know, kids of color are dealing with kids stating, “‘ Construct the wall,'” Maxwell informed the panel. “Donald Trump has normalized this overt display screen of racism.”
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President Trump weighed in on the controversy rocking Virginia, calling Northam’s actions “unforgivable.”
Despite overwhelming require his resignation, Northam has actually been holding onto his office. There is also speculation whether he actively sabotaged his Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, who would likely take Northam’s place if he resigned, by reviving an uncorroborated sexual attack claims from 2004.