As you know, Big League Politics broke a huge story late Friday. It discovered that Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's (D) 1984 medical school yearbook page featured two men -- one in blackface and one in KKK robes. What transpired next was one of the most bizarre examples of crisis management I have ever seen.
Northam first issued an abject apology Friday evening. He said, "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."
But Saturday afternoon, he held a press conference to essentially retract his apology, insisting that he wasn't one of the two men in the photo. Northam conceded that he did appear in blackface in 1984 when he imitated Michael Jackson's famous moonwalk during a contest.
For a moment, it seemed like Northam was about to demonstrate his moonwalking talents for reporters until his wife insisted it would be "inappropriate" to do so.
The press conference merely compounded Northam's troubles. Not even the left-wing Washington Post is buying it, and no one is defending the governor.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax (D), who would become governor if Northam resigns, is embroiled in his own #MeToo controversy.
A Few Observations
Northam has already survived much longer than former Florida Secretary of State Michael Ertel (R), who resigned within hours after photos of Ertel in blackface emerged.
As President Trump noted, if this yearbook page had been discovered during the 2017 election, Ed Gillespie, Northam's Republican opponent, would likely be governor of Virginia today. Where was the Washington Post's crack investigative team then?
Even more troubling is that an independent group promoting Northam during the 2017 campaign ran one of the most disgusting ads I have ever seen. It featured a white truck driver, with a "Gillespie for Governor" bumper sticker, trying to run over four young children — two Hispanic boys, an African American boy and a Muslim girl wearing a headscarf.
Second, while dressing in blackface is widely seen as racist, it should also be noted that Northam's nickname in college was "Coonman." It seems obvious that Northam has a racist past. We know by his own admission that he did appear at least once in blackface, and that may well end his political career.
But just a few days before all of this, Northam, who is a pediatrician by profession, very calmly made the case for infanticide. Incredibly, the same "progressives" who rushed to demand his resignation for dressing in blackface were unwilling to condemn his support for infanticide.
How is it that advocating infanticide is not a controversial view in today's "progressive" movement?
By the way, it struck me that Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood, would have found Northam's yearbook amusing. She was a racist too.
Media Ignore Pro-life Protest
Last week, after Northam made his infanticide defense of Delegate Kathy Tran's bill legalizing late-term abortions, we and other pro-life groups alerted our supporters to a town hall meeting that Tran was holding in northern Virginia this past weekend.
Hundreds of pro-life activists answered our call to action. They showed up, and Tran cancelled her town hall meeting. But the pro-life rally went on.
I believe that this gathering of citizens was the biggest demonstration on behalf of any cause that took place in the metro-Washington, D.C., area this weekend. But there wasn't one word about it in the Washington Post. To the left-wing media, it was as if this pro-life protest did not occur at all.
Anti-Semitism In Congress
In recent reports, we have told you about the anti-Semitic remarks and radical associates of certain progressive members of Congress and the leaders of the left-wing Women's March. But the real star on the left is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY).
Just how big of a star is "AOC"? Well, Michael Moore suggested that we lower the constitutional age limit (35) to run for president to accommodate Ocasio-Cortez, who is just 29, because, "She is the leader [of the progressive left]. Everybody knows it."
And what was progressive leader Ocasio-Cortez up to this weekend? Having a "lovely and wide-reaching conversation" with British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
While Jeremy Corbyn is not a household name in the United States, it is widely known in the United Kingdom that he is intensely hostile to Israel. Corbyn once referred to Hamas and Hezbollah as "friends." He has also attended conferences with known terrorists, and even attended a wreath-laying ceremony for Palestinian terrorists.
Under Corbyn's leadership, the British government launched a hate crimes investigation of the Labour Party over dozens of alleged anti-Semitic crimes. One major survey found that 87% of British Jews believe Corbyn's Labour Party is "too tolerant of anti-Semites."
In fact, Britain's three leading Jewish newspapers condemned Corbyn as an "existential threat to Jewish life" in Great Britain.
Ocasio-Cortez and Corbyn obviously have a lot in common when it comes to socialist economic policies. But given some of her previous remarks on the Middle East, I think the American people deserve to know if Ocasio-Cortez and Corbyn share views on Israel.
In other news, Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY) recently introduced a resolution calling on Congress to condemn anti-Semitism and hatred toward Israel. Zeldin's resolution has 21 co-sponsors.
The resolution made headlines because it calls out several examples of anti-Semitism by members of Congress, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).
Last week, Zeldin posted a disgusting voicemail that was left at his congressional office. Among other things, the caller said, "I hate you people. . . and I wish Hitler would have done his f--king job."
I am pleased to report that Rep. Zeldin isn't backing down. In a statement to the Jewish Insider, he said:
"We got calls like this all day long today and many were worse than what was in that voicemail.
"I went through K-12, college, law school, and 4 years on active duty in the Army and I never once experienced anti-Semitism. In the last several years though, this anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hatred is only increasing in American politics, on college campuses, and in the halls of Congress.
"That's why I'm calling on the House to immediately pass my resolution condemning this anti-Israel, anti-Semitic hate. Let's not elevate it. Let's not empower or echo it. Let's eliminate it."