Harris calls on Northam to resign
 over KKK, blackface yearbook photo
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Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisEight Democratic presidential hopefuls to appear in CNN climate town hall Biden, Buttigieg bypassing Democratic delegate meeting: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump on defense over economic jitters MORE (D-Calif.) called on Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) to resign on Friday after he acknowledged appearing in a picture showing a man wearing blackface and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe.

Harris, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, urged Northam to step down "so the public can heal and move forward together."

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“Leaders are called to a higher standard, and the stain of racism should have no place in the halls of government,” Harris wrote on Twitter.

Julián Castro, another Democratic presidential candidate, has also called for the first-term governor to step down.

Northam apologized Friday for appearing in the picture from his medical school yearbook. He did not clarify if he was wearing blackface or the KKK robe.

A number of Democratic lawmakers have since called on Northam to resign after the photo emerged Friday, including Reps. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellHickenlooper ends presidential bid Scenes from Iowa State Fair: Surging Warren, Harris draw big crowds Nadler hits gas on impeachment MORE (Calif.) and Ted LieuTed W. LieuCities are the future: We need to coordinate their international diplomacy George Conway opposes #unfollowTrump movement Puerto Rico resignations spur constitutional crisis MORE (Calif.).

The Virginia Republican Party has already called on Northam to resign as well.

“I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now,” Northam said in his statement Friday.

“This behavior is not in keeping with who I am today and the values I have fought for throughout my career in the military, in medicine, and in public service. But I want to be clear, I understand how this decision shakes Virginians’ faith in that commitment.”