Gov. Ralph Northam tells @GayleKing: "Virginia needs someone that can heal. There's no better person to do that than a doctor. Virginia also needs someone who is strong, who has empathy, who has courage and who has a moral compass. And that's why I'm not going anywhere" pic.twitter.com/pHgxM7oGKh
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) February 10, 2019
Gov. Ralph Northam sees attacking Confederate monuments as a strategy to change the subject and stir up a polarizing fight to survive his own blackface scandal:
“Embattled Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says that he wants to take down Confederate statues and monuments in the state.
“I will take a harder line,” Northam told the Washington Post amid a scandal stemming from a racist photograph on his medical school yearbook page. “If there are statues, if there monuments out there that provoke this type of hatred and bigotry, they need to be in museums.” …”
Confederate monuments have been used by Democratic politicians all over the South as pawns to advance their own careers or to distract from their own failings.