Dem strategist says it is difficult for Virginia voters to have any trust in Northam

Democratic strategist Kevin Chavous on Monday said that it is difficult for Virginia voters to have any trust in Gov. Ralph Northam (D) after he denied being in a photo from his 1984 medical school yearbook showing one person wearing blackface and another in a Ku Klux Klan robe. 

"I certainly agree that he should resign. I think at this point, it's hard for voters in Virginia to look at him with any kind of trust," Chavous, a former D.C. council member, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti in an appearance on "Rising." 

"This didn't come out during the [campaign], which is just amazing to me," he continued. "I also think his press conference made it worse by saying he vividly does not remember being in the photo." 

"He didn't seem to be taking it seriously. I don't know if he really understood that hurt a lot of people. It was very painful," he said. 

Northam issued an apology Friday after the image from his page in the Eastern Virginia Medical School yearbook first surfaced, saying the "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."

On Saturday, however, the governor said in a press conference that he does not believe he was actually in the picture. 

The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Northam, who has faced widespread calls to resign from Republicans and Democrats, held a staff meeting late Sunday to discuss the situation. 

— Julia Manchester