Pelosi: Virginia’s Blackface Scandal Won’t Damage National Democratic Brand

By Melanie Arter | February 7, 2019 | 2:17 PM EST

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) (Screenshot)

( – The blackface scandal that has erupted in Virginia does not damage the national Democratic brand, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Thursday.

“No, no it does not,” Pelosi said during her weekly Capitol Hill press conference. “No, they will resolve their—Virginians will resolve their issues that they have there.

“It’s sad, because they have some very talented leaders there, but they have to have the confidence of the electorate, and they have to have the confidence of the Legislature that they have to work with, but I’ll leave that up to them. I have enough to do here without getting involved in the affairs of Virginia,” she said.


As previously reported, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) walked back an initial admission that he appeared in a medical school yearbook in 1984 that featured a man in blackface and another in a KKK costume. He said he did, however, wear blackface while dressed as Michael Jackson at a party that same year.

Northam refused to resign.

Four days after calling for Northam’s resignation, the state’s attorney general Mark Herring – who would be the second in line to replace Northam - admitted that he wore blackface while dressed as a rapper at a party in college in 1980.

Herring also has not resigned. Instead, he said he would have “honest conversations and discussions” on whether or not he can continue to serve in his position.


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