Schumer calls on Northam to resign

Schumer calls on Northam to resign
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Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerNYT: Don't make Acosta a political martyr Charities say they never received donations touted by Jeffrey Epstein: report Schumer to donate Epstein campaign contributions to groups fighting sexual violence MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Monday that embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) should resign, following a yearbook photo that surfaced Friday showing a man wearing blackface and another dressed in a Ku Klux Klan robe.
 
"It’s past time. Governor Northam should resign so Virginia can move forward," Schumer said in a tweet.
 
Schumer's comments — the first he's made since the scandal erupted Friday — join a growing chorus of Democrats pressuring Northam to step down, something the governor has, so far, refused to do. 
 
Sens. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineAcosta defends Epstein deal, bucking calls for resignation Republican lawmakers on why they haven't read Mueller report: 'Tedious' and 'what's the point?' Schumer calls on Acosta to step down over Epstein MORE (D-Va.) and Mark WarnerMark Robert WarnerTrump nominees meet fiercest opposition from Warren, Sanders, Gillibrand On The Money: Fed chief warns of 'unthinkable' harm if debt ceiling breached | Powell basks in bipartisan praise amid Trump attacks | Federal deficit jumps to 7 billion Fed chief basks in bipartisan praise as lawmakers dismiss Trump attacks MORE (D-Va.), along with Rep. Bobby ScottRobert (Bobby) Cortez ScottThis week: House Dems voting to hold Barr, Ross in contempt CBO report should spike minimum wage legislation New CBO report fuels fight over minimum wage MORE (D-Va.), issued a joint statement on Saturday urging him to resign after a widely panned press conference. 
 
"After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign," they said in a statement. 
 
Though Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiNYT's Friedman repeatedly says 's---hole' in tirade against Trump on CNN GOP lawmaker: Trump's tweets 'obviously not racist' On the USMCA, Pelosi can't take yes for an answer MORE (D-Calif.) didn't directly call for Northam's resignation in a tweet Saturday, she urged him to "do the right thing."
 
Northam has faced calls from Democrats and Republicans to resign over a 1984 yearbook photo. He initially apologized on Friday for "the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo."
 
He said during a press conference on Saturday that he was "appalled" when his staff showed him the photo on his yearbook page and that he was previously unaware of it. 
 
“When I was confronted with the images yesterday, I was appalled that they appeared on my page, but I believed then and now that I am not either of the people in that photo," Northam said during a press conference.
 
The Washington Post reported on Sunday that Northam called for an abrupt senior staff meeting but that he had not made a final decision on whether or not to resign.