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The man who could be governor. Who is Justin Fairfax?
"Wow. Hey, everyone. This is Jonathan Kaye part and welcome to Cape up. Exactly a year ago this week we introduced you to Justin Fairfax his historic election. As Virginia's Lieutenant governor in November twenty seventeen made him only the second African American Virginia's history to be elected statewide, but he stands poised to make history. Again, if Ralph Northam resigns the governorship over a shockingly racist voter that appeared on his medical school yearbook page in nineteen Eighty-four. Fairfax could become only the second African American governor of Virginia. Who is he we're running this episode of Cape up. So you can find out. Yes. Fairfax has denied an accusation of sexual assault against him post looked into it a year ago and reports now that it didn't run with the story because it couldn't corroborate the woman's account. Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax. Thanks very much for being on the podcast and for having us here in your office in Jonathan thank you so much for being here. Really? Appreciate you and your team and really excited to be on with you. So you have to help me understand something. Sure. So on the drive here going down ninety five near Falmouth. Was something that literally took my breath away. Right. And that was a huge confederate flag. Right right now. You're only the second African American to be elected statewide in the Commonwealth of Virginia and just last November right scrape it's like they're two realities here at Blaye between that confederate flag in your election. Right one right progress and one of regress or right? Staying stuck in the past right, which one of those realities represents Virginia, you know, I think that we've always had these competing forces in these different strands in narratives here in the Commonwealth of Virginia just like in the country, but Virginia in so many ways is a microcosm for the entire country. It's the home of American slavery. But also the place that elected the first African American to be governor governor Doug wilder. He was actually like Lieutenant governor in nineteen. Ninety five and later governor in nineteen eighty nine. And so it's always been a question of with each successive generation. Do we as ABRAHAM LINCOLN once famously said, we rise to the better angels of our nature or do we go down the path of division, and darkness, and racism, and xenophobia and misogyny and hatred? And I think that people are really choosing the more positive hopeful path. And I think that's what our election last November was all about. So then is that why you you think you one or or was it only because folks are so angry about Donald Trump that they just decided to throw their votes at the Democrats. You know, I think it was a combination of things I think, obviously what we've seen out of this White House and out of, you know, Donald Trump is really been a political exceleron in many ways, it's gotten people engaged in a way that, you know, many of the may not have been otherwise, I think that the tone that he said the policies pursued whether it's the Muslim ban or Eddie other vary. You know, sort of harsh. Discriminatory things people are rejecting that. And in our election last year, we had some folks on the other side of the of the ballot who really seize on that same kind of strategy. And they ran a Trump style campaign in Virginia and people rejected. They ran these horrible television ads featuring a purported MS thirteen gang members and used a a really scary photo of a Hispanic Latino man with you'll tattoos on his face. And it turned out that that picture was actually from an El Salvadorian prison. So these are the links that they will go to try to scare people, and what we said leading up to that election was that you have two very different visions on the ballot artesian was one of hope of opportunity of education economic opportunity healthcare foreign more Virginians, and and that's one of the people overwhelmingly endorsed and supported in November. We're used surprised by what us what you turn Trump style tactics in the campaign, and we all saw it. Right. Those ads in on television. Even in this day and age where you surprise by the lengths to which the gubernatorial candidate at Gillespie went to try to guess curry favor with the Republican base. The Trump base, you know, it was a little surprising. Have I was surprised, but I wasn't shocked. You know, I think people may have you miss learn the lessons of two thousand sixteen and thought that kind of politics was the kind of politics you needed to win with a lot of people forget actually here in Virginia is that secretary Clinton won Virginia and by over five percentage points, so personas rejected that kind of politics in two thousand sixteen. They tremendously rejected it and twenty seventeen. And so it was apprising was disappointing. The see, but I was incredibly inspired by the fact of the voters came out in massive numbers. And we all three for our statewide offices. Got the most votes far offices in the history of the Commonwealth of Virginia. And our we at one point three six million votes for Lieutenant. Governor we also want Democrats fifteen seats in the house of delegates which wave and so I think the voters responded, and I'm very very excited about what the future holds. So I mean, you, obviously, you're democrat. You were you're running to get democratic votes short, given the nature of Ed Gillespie campaign and the nature of trumped the nature of republicanism. Now, did you hear on the campaign trail from Republicans? Who said this is not me. This is not who I am who my my party has been where I want this country to go. Absolutely. We sure did I still to this day hear from people who have come up to being said, just I'm a Republican, but are probably voted for you. You know, Ralph north and Markarian other is because they did reject that kind of politics, and I have a lot of friends across the spectrum. Democrats Republicans independence, you know, folks who have different views, but who also believe that we can disagree without being disagreeable. The politics does not have to go into the gutter of personal tax and go after someone personally, which is something that we have seen featured in the Trump era, and we really can Roz the better angels of our nature, and it does not all have to be about going after someone's character or making up false attacks. And a really dragging the process down into the mud. We really can't rise. And we prove that last year. I have to tell you that I was at home on election night. Frantic frantic is the right word writing shorts. Or you know, I needed Virginia to go the way that it did. But I was scared because Virginia was the capital of the competitor even just near where recieving right now is the confederate White House. We are. We're like in the middle of it. Right. And so my big fear. Was you know of any state is going to hang in there with Donald Trump. It's gonna be Virginia. Yet was I wrong to think that you know, I've never say you're wrong. John to your time. But I will say this it does you started out with a great question. Very insightful about Virginia's history. We just have these powerful forces that run through our history and runs through the veins of the Commonwealth of Regina and all of its citizens. And and that really is this notion of who do we wanna be who are going to define ourselves to be throughout various points. In history Virginians have been the ones who have led the fight for progress. Whether you're talking about Barbara Johns who led one of the walkouts of her school in Prince Edward county, which was one of the precursor cases to Brown the board. We're talking about Oliver hill. And of course, we mentioned Doug wilder the first African market elected governor there have been all of these moments in history where Virginians have led the way, and I believe that in two thousand seventeen was another instance of that happening, and as I say a lot on the campaign trail, I believe that for Julia would be the match that sparks the wildfire. Progressive change all across the country. And it's really what we've seen because since Jinya we've. Alabama. We saw what happened in that Senate race. Another rated no one thought democrat could win but people are energized and engage in really as wildfire progressive change. I think that's that's taken over the country. So you mentioned a moment ago about how history runs through through our veins through the Baynes of considering the capital of the confederacy. Absolutely. And I wanna ask you about your own history in this person in particular, Simon Fairfax. Yes. Who was he so Simon Fairfax's my several greats ago, grandfather and great great, great grandfather. That's right three. That's right three greats ago. And and so he actually lived here in the Commonwealth of Virginia. And we as a family, you know, have been tracing our history for a longtime, my parents in particular in my my dad's specifically has been sort of the family genealogist, and we've been piecing together parts of our history over the last several decades and had. Gotten pretty far, but had not gotten all the way. And and actually something really amazing happened about two days before our sworn in Lieutenant governor of Virginia on January thirteenth. There was a document that was discovered in the Fairfax county courthouse, and it was a a lot of folks working together who some of did not know each other before this process started. But a way to find this document that actually were was the menu mission. Paper for my great great. Great grandfather Salmond Fairfax, which was signed in seventeen ninety eight in Virginia. And actually was the ninth Lord Fairfax who freed my great great grandfather in that document in seventeen ninety eight. And so when we discovered it my dad came into his possession, and as I'm walking out to the portico to to raise my right hand to take the oath of office as Lieutenant governor Virginia my dad about twenty minutes before hands me piece of paper in an envelope. And actually try to initially headed back to him because I didn't wanna lose it so much going on that day. And he insisted he said no sign I want you to have this very powerful. And we'll be meaningful and your kids and grandkids wanna know about this. And so once I saw what it was it was incredibly powerful. And in fact, I had that manual document in my breast pocket at the precise moment that I raise my right hand, take the oath of office, Lieutenant governor. And so just really reminded me of how powerful that journey has been not just for my family, not just for Virginia. But for this entire country, and how we are microcosmic example of those strands to run through our history and unbeknownst to the folks are listening is this the actual copy that your father gave you sitting in front of me, the actual copies. Not the original documents, exactly. Which is folded in threes. This is you put it in your you. Put it in your breast pocket. Yes. Did your father want you to have this with you for the historic fact of being able to say that when you were taking the oath of office to be Lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth Virginia that with you was your great great. Great grandfather. Yes. Absolutely. He did. And I'm so happy that he did. And I'm so grateful and amazed. My dad wanted me to have that to be able to say that and share that story with, you know, our family down the line and also really what the world about. This is the journey that America has taken. And again, we get to choose what direction we will go in society. And it's about to make an each generation that takes us either forward or backwards. Now, I need you need you to to get personal here. Because for me, I mean, this isn't my story. All of our stuff. But yeah, it is all of our store, and how is it for you? Just her saly as an American League side the short of politics. But as an American who ran for the public trust right was earned the public trust. And is now in an incredible leadership position given the history of of your family. How does that how does that you here in the heart doesn't it? It does it does it mean, it's very very emotional. And it was very powerful, obviously at that moment on inauguration. But even since then and during the course of the campaign, really for a very long time of talked about this concept that I like to call spiritual wealth, and what that is talked about in the context of our store. You know, we had a little bit of a rough go of it. You know, parents got divorced ones about five love them very dearly. But that made life of hard for us. We had to move to Washington DC moved in with my late maternal, grandparents. It's amazing people. And what I said is that over time people, you know, helped us so tremendously that your mom was to buy the house right across the street from my grandparents they lived number fourteen but number nine she still lives in same house today. And also with the help of me, my mom and dad and others were able to send all four of her children to college in two of us the law school starting from that very difficult place in what I always say is to make that story possible. People gave us what I call spiritual wealth. We didn't have a lot of money, but we had faith we had hoped. We'd optimism we're gonna high qualification with people loved us and said, no matter how dark today may seem tomorrow can be brighter. And that really is the reason that I got involved in public services, the reason that I began to run for public office because I've said that when someone gives you that kind of spiritual wealth in your life, you then have spiritual debt that you must repay and you have to go out and fight and make that story possible for other people. And so all of that really hit me when you talk about this man, you mission documented. In that moment history. Because I've always felt like I've carried the spiritual wealth around of my ancestors people who have sacrificed who've been through so much, but never quit never gave up treated people dignity and respect and gotta learn a lot about my ancestors. And and they always were people who were looking out for other people. In fact, I have several grades. Go grandmother who donated land to build a in a store church in the rest area's called cars Ville, Baptist church, and my several greats ago odd rose Carter it was dedicated in her honor. And so this church was fell in eighteen sixty three by free blacks at that time. It was burned down a couple of times of suspicious fires but was most recently rebuilt in nineteen seventy nine which is the year. I was born. And so still stands today. It's really an incredible thing. And and final note on that rose Carter visited her gravesite of wonderful for an Carmen pow who is featured in the Washington Post story found this gravesite is right across from her home and Carmen wanted me to come visit the grave site during the course of the campaign. So we were looking for a data. Go do it. And you know, we couldn't make you know, particularly worse follow. So let's get it done. So to make sure that we get to see it. Well, we walk up to this grave site. See the name rose Carter, and I see that she has passed away in nineteen oh five. But then I also see that she passed away on January eighteen nineteen o five the day that we ended up going. There was January eighteenth twenty seventeen we were there hundred twelve years to the day. We didn't plan it and things like that continued to happen throughout the course of the campaign, and despite like, a really, you know, magical spiritual experience, and I felt like this is way bigger than me. And and this really is all of our stores. Do you have a sense just given that story? You're just told you how do you not have a sense of destiny? I mean, I mean that seriously. Yeah. Yeah. Well, you know, I feel tens of that at times in particular because all spent surrounded by amazing people in the things that we had experience and go through to get not just through this election. But to this point in. In life. It really is an a Senator Cory Booker office talks about a conspiracy of love, you know, it a have a whole bunch of people who had to come together. And you could really not have predicted that things would play out in this way. And so certainly the now serve as, you know, Lieutenant governor Virginia to be only the second African American ever elected to state what office here in the Commonwealth and follow the footsteps of someone the great man like l Douglas wilder dear friend, you do feel that as well. But you also feel like the stories bigger than you. And you feel like if you can do the mount of good that we know we can do serving in this capacity in every respect both the legislative Lee, and otherwise, and I it really would be worth all the sacrifices that people have made and create avenues of opportunity for others. It's repaying that spiritual debt you also had this document with you at a particular moment while presiding over the Senate do as tenant governor. What was that moment? Yes. I did. In fact, have the same document manual. Document on me. And there were a couple of occasions recently, where senators rose to adjourn the Senate session in memory of two confederate general so one occasion. It was stonewall Jackson was a person for whom they wanted to adjourn. And then several days later, it was robbery Lee. And when I got word that those were the motions that were going to be made in his Lieutenant governor. Of course, I preside at the day and preside over those motions. I'd let people know in no uncertain terms. Let senators no and staff that I would not preside over those motions, you know, in honor of my family's history and honor the progress that we've made Virginians and and as Americans, and you know, as a way to send a signal about, you know, what our values are in fact that we need include everybody. And so I actually stepped down from the day when those motions were made and on the day that other Robert E Lee motion was made I stepped from the day, and I had the manual Documenta my three greats ago grandfather Simon. Facs from seventeen ninety eight had in my breast pocket once again, again, just reminding myself of of that journey, and what others have sacrificed and how they've had to stand up for themselves and for others to be included. And and I think that that is a struggle that continues to this day, and it's one that I'd probably joy to. Well. It's not that you you didn't do this in any kind of show boaty kind of way with no with fanfare and fireworks. And right. You know, a lot of history onyx, you did this very quietly so quietly that many people didn't even know what was happening, right. No. That's right. And and I made it clear I gave senators heads up because I have respect for the institution for the capitol for the Senate itself. And so did not want to grandstand. That was not my point. But what I did want to do something. Very clear message that a I would not preside over those motions. And be I'm looking for opportunities to tell everyone history to not exclude people and to make sure that we are rising together. How did those senators react? And are we talking just Republican senators are democratic and Republican senators a bipartisan mix so you had to say, I'm not doing this. Yes, I will tell you. I mean in terms of those in the democratic caucus, you know, fully supportive of my decision. And I informed as many of them as I could, you know, it's a kind of a Harry time when you're ready to preside over the Senate. So got many folks could and on the Republican side, I will say this. There were certainly some Republican senators who voiced their displeasure with my stepping down from the dais. And you know, respectfully told them that. I appreciate you shared your opinion. But it's just that your opinion. And and I'll tell you that I'm going to stay in my ground, and I think that was very important to establish it up close and personal. But I will also say this even for the most part, the Republican senators who disagreed with decision in who would have liked have seen something different. They for the most part, we're very respectful at I in particular there. Couple senators who who? Asked me personally, just in a hope that you know, this was not offensive to you. And and we never want offend you understand your concerns and respect your decision to do it. And that's that's to their credit again. I think he can agree without being disagreeable. But you know, we have to tell history accurately. Why do you think it took so long for there to be another African Americans be elected statewide? Yeah it. Yeah. It was about thirty years. To your point yet. Absolutely. Is a long time. And it was a combination of factors. You know, obviously, you know, win governor wilder was elected and I attend governor. I that was an extraordinary thing to have happened in nineteen eighty five and you had an African American man who himself was the grandson of slaves in this country and in this Commonwealth. He's a great book called son of Jinya, which I have read and even better book about his first run, call when hell froze over my favorite political book, and to think about how extrordinary it was to have done it at the time that he did it. I think reminded that given that took another thirty years that was really a special moment history. But but also, you know, I know others really great people have run for office. It's difficult. You got raise a lot of money. You got to be able to connect with people. I think the pace of progress is moving so rapidly in the world that now you can connect with people halfway around the world, you know, without ever having met them, you know, the pace of communication, and and so you can get your message outweighs. You may not have been able to as easily before. And I think people are looking for, you know, genuine folks in politics, and I think that's really the direction we're heading well since you've mentioned him several times he is a historic figure Elda L Doug wilder who was the governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia is a mentor. Yes, yours. Absolutely. What advice did he give you? He gave me some great advice along the way. And one of the best pieces of advice that he's given. I think he said this publicly as well. He said just have one message for everybody. You know, you can emphasize different points of that message. But you know, when you go to south West Virginia side or Hampton roads in northern Virginia valley people had the same concerns. You know, focus on what their families are concerned about healthcare and the economy, and again, there will be some aspects of the people will what emphasized more than others. But that really was the message that we had and we focused on economic security and opportunity for all Virginians that was what our rela slogan was for our campaign and everything sort of fell into that. So no matter where I went. That's what I talked. About how do we get your family? The ability to rise economically to get -cational opportunity access to high quality healthcare. And how do we do that most effectively in that message really resonated tremendously with voters, and we won places that people did not expect us to win in the primary and in the general, did you go to places where people didn't expect you to go. Yes. And that was another great piece of advice from governor wilder, and and also he followed his example when he ran it is eighty five for Lieutenant governor. He was sort of famous for go into places that people did not expect him to go, particularly at that time in history as an African American man, and yet he went to rural areas, and and other parts that people didn't think would be hospitable to but lo and behold, actually, the opposite ended up happening people were so appreciative that he showed up that he talked to them, and he listened that he was genuine, and we did that I went to places where Donald Trump got eighty percent of the vote, but I showed up because I said, you know, what these are still people. They are Virginians and. And they have families and concerns just like everybody else that we've got to figure out ways to help. Everybody rise. No matter where they are. And I think that that's part of how we were able to win so much, you know, all different parts of the combo that what you just said. There reminds me of something that another guest on the podcast who's running for governor of Georgia's Abrams. He's great. Yeah. She friend. She said when I asked her about 'cause at that point everyone was talking about by everyone. I mean, Democrats or on my God white working class would have right done. We've forgotten them. Right. Got to put all our efforts into focusing on them if we wanna win again. And she wrote I wrote she said we're having this false argument about whether it's the white working class or people of color, whether it's density politics, whether we need to have a centrist policy. No, we need people to believe that politicians will do our jobs like I powerful powerful. And I think that's spot on and by the way, Stacy is. A great friend believe she is going to be the next governor of Georgia, and I'm proud to support her and help her and and I think she spot on it. I think we have had these false choices that been put before us for way too long. And I think that's part of what people are rejecting the pitting of one group against another. And this whole notion of even some of the nomenclature me talk about the white working class voter will they're African American working class voters, and there are Hispanic working class voters in Indian American Asian American and people of all stripes who are just trying to rise economically. And and I think that the more that we can put those stories together as opposed to pit people against one another the more powerful, not only will be our political coalitions. But as a country, we talk about rising together on I truly believe that we have to rise together. If we want that rise to be permanent and lasting and something that all of our families and all of our communities can be proud of. And so I agree with with Stacy said there and also see it in the face. Bases of the voters. I mean as a talk to voters all around Virginia they were tired of being divided. They were tired of people, you know, to the exclusion of others. You only one version of history of not including people in their vision for what it meant to be of Virginia. What it meant to be an American, and the broader that vision is the better off that we will be how were you received? When you went into those counties into those districts Trump won by eighty percent, how how were you received there yet actually in illness? Every case I was very warmly received. And I would say this to there were plenty of people who in some of these places out say that you know, I knew they weren't gonna vote for me. And I would say, you know, how knew that because someone told me to my face. I'm not gonna vote for you. You know? And I was I was fine with that. Because what would happen often times even though situations? I would say, you know, what that's that's fine. You don't vote for me. But if you wouldn't mind tell me, what are the top three things that you want for your children, and your grandchildren. If you could list out if you had a magic on those three things be, and it's amazing thing would happen. When I got into those kinds of discussions. It's almost like a shield would come down like we then we're starting to have a conversation as people in particular because they started talking about their children and the grandchildren. There's nothing more personal the people than their children always say if you wanna show somebody you care about them take care of their children do something nice for their children. Because that's the thing they care about most in the world. And so they would start to take off things like, well, I just want my kid to get a good job, or, you know, have health care, or, you know, maybe started small business. Get married have kids. And and there were certainly be different ways of getting there. I don't wanna suggested there aren't policy differences there certainly are. But humanize the conversation in the interaction. And I had plenty of people. Who said, look, you know, I may still not be voting for you. But I respect you. And I appreciate the fact that you listen to me that you had my days and some thoughts and you cared enough to ask me about my kids. And I remember going to one place where actually was a number of coal miners who were fantastic wonderful people, and I spent a long period of time, even after our formal meeting talk with many of them and some of them started reaching their wallets pulling out, you know, photos of their kids and telling me how their daughter, you know, maybe not be following them into the mind, but she's gonna get her h fact certification of the local community college, and and how their son just started a new business and he's doing well. And the more those conversations that we have the richer. I think our political lives, and our civic lives will be and you repairing damage that's been done over time. Because people got to look at me up close. And personally, see you for who you are the kick the tires, and I think they respect the fact that you respect them. And again, that's why we want and in some places that people were really shocked that we would and notice how. Now, you said in almost every almost every case you warmly welcomed and well received talk about the those almost Hase's where usu- show up, and it wasn't terribly friendly. Yeah. Yeah. We certainly had some of those experiences, and you don't politics in particular. Those are things that happen. You know, whether you're knocking on someone's door, and you show up, and they see that you're a democrat or they have some other reason to not really support. Come on the government. Okay. Let me let me put a fine point on this in campaigning. Right. Did anybody like hurled n word at you? Or any kind of at that or anything like that? I did not experience that in this election. I didn't I in terms of the N word being hurled at me. And I think that's People's Credit. Now, you know, I think folks, you know, sometimes use code words or other things that, you know, maybe getting at something that you had that certainly certainly certainly there were there were tax, and you know, there were personal tax. You know, people who don't know you say things about you or you just try to drag it out into the mud, and unfortunately, there are so many more people who do know you, and who can talk about you in vouch for you and know your history your experience. So we had a lot of people who support supported us all throughout the campaign. But yes, there are definitely unpleasant parts of politics. But I would say overall. It was an experience that you know, enjoyed tremendously. It was rough at Tom's and rough and tumble, but we got through it. And I think it made me a better candidate. And certainly it's making me a better public elected officials. Well, then what's the part of campaigning? That yet. Don't like I don't put one. Oh, hey, you've got three that would be great. What are the three things about campaigning? Don't like. Yeah. You know, it say raising money is is not. You've heard that before it's it's not fun it as a necessary part of the process, and I think at some cases, it does overtake a little too much of what should be happening in a campaign. So I'd love to see a world where we focus a little bit less on money, and fundraising is not not my most fun activity in terms of the campaign. But but something that you sort of have to do at some level. I think it should be reasonable. Also, you know, I just don't like the mudslinging the personal attacks that happened in politics. But I think we're in a world now where people think they can say anything about eighty one any time, you know, and get away with it. And and and they can lie about people, and and make falsehoods, and it's just it really is such a stuck destructive in Corozzo part of our politics and always love examples of people who rise above that. And I tried to set an example of doing that in our race, I attack personally, I had one debate. I was I was said of me that I was not informed enough to talk intelligently about issues. Oh, yes. You may recall that respond to that. Yeah. We'll to barely coded. There you go, right? And I said well, a couple of things I I spent a little bit because I'm not have been called unintelligent too many times in my life. But at the same time in that debate said, well, you know, my professors at Duke University and Columbia law school. Whereas and larvae would be shocked to know that I'm not intelligent enough to talk about legislation to understand issues. And so really just try to highlight the fact that I was not going to go down that road. And you know, there are always options to respond in kind and attacks one. But I don't think that's where we need to be certainly not who I am. And and it's not who we are as Virginians and Americans when we're at our best. I think about people who have inspired us. I think about, you know, President Barack Obama I think about governor l Douglas wilder think about some of my heroes here in Virginia. Tim Kaine great Senator Mark Warner's great Senator both great governors, congressman, Bobby Scott, the deer. Friend and someone who always see engaged, positively in politics and in life. And so that's what we've gotta do. We've got to continue to set those kinds of examples and even in the face of folks who want to drag us down and and make false attacks about people. You know, that's just not what our politics needs to be. So this is your second time running for statewide office. L g you ran for AG. Yes. For years ago. Yes. Right. Yeah. Four years younger years thirteen thirteen and got. The man who won re-election. Yes. Yes. Yes. Hearings. The current attorney, Mark herring. Why didn't you just throw in the towel after losing that AG race? I mean, you're intelligent. The worlds are always stir your attorney could have gone back to the private sector and live life. Yeah. I'll tell you. It really does go back to that concept that mentioned earlier about spiritual wealth spiritual debt, I really felt like this was a calling, and as you mentioned, and my wife, I have shout her out, Dr three Fairfax was a dentist, and we own a dental practice up in Fairfax Virginia, and she's really brilliant. We met at Duke University and she went to the school of dentistry here in Richmond. And when I was at the glossy Colombian with two young kids and eight year old son and a six year old daughter. And but what I've always thought about is just that notion that people sacrifice so much for us to take the journey in life that we have been fortunate and blessed to have been able to take and and God has been so good to us in our lives that I didn't feel like I had the option even to go back live, a comfortable existence and not engage in a way that helps a large number of people by what we can do through public policy and. Through politics. And so it's always tough losing anything. But particularly that election where we lost by less than two votes. Precinct statewide so lost about low over two percentage points and people ask me during that time, you said was it harder to lose by a little bit or to lose by lot. There's only one way I know how to lose. As my little bit alley experience with one. But I stood on the stage the very next morning after the election in June of twenty thirteen with bar carrying and Terry McAuliffe who's in running for governor and Ralph north, and my dear friend, who's now a governor was wonderful Lieutenant governor then and endorsed the whole ticket on doors. Mark they asked me to co-chair the campaign. I agreed that day. So this the morning after the election losing close one because it really wasn't about me. And I have to remind myself politics should not be about the individual politician. It needs to be about the broader message of progress that you can bring to the largest number of people. And if we start taking it away from some of the personality Centric politics, and instead say does this message as vision represent one that includes more people, and that gives us hope and opportunity for progress. That's when I think we get to a better place. You mentioned Senator Mark Warner. Yes, Senator Tim Kaine both of whom. Were governors. Yes. Virginia l Douglas wilder who you've mentioned a gazillion times. Virginia. Yes. Do I wanna point out to listeners who might not know this the governor of Virginia can only serve one term. Yes. And as you governor wilder was Lieutenant governor wilder. That's correct. Governor north them was Lieutenant governor north them. You with this? So after after one term literally want to follow in the footsteps of governor north, well, I'll tell you what I I will say this. It is an auditor serve right now as Lieutenant governor. I only got you only been here for a month. That's right. The questions a little there. But it seems as though you are on a very a very clear path with several several off-ramps will I will say this as I've been flattered by the amount of energy that we have seen around not only our campaign Slask around. But by early service right now as Lieutenant governor presiding over the Senate and very grateful to people who reached out, and so that they wanna be part of what we hope we'll get to do together over period of time. But certainly have not made any decisions on that front. It is as you mentioned a path that others have taken. But one that certainly people will will talk about for some time. But. You know, wanted to make sure we get general assembly session under our belt and things right now are going very, well and an insert of think about options out into the future. But we really are. You know, seeing a whole bunch of people who have gotten excited about this. Right. And that we're on. And and you know, I think that's a great thing. So at the beginning of this, right? I mean when by that, I mean the Lieutenant governor race during the campaign Charlottesville happened. Yes. Talk about that period. Not in terms of the campaign, but just in terms of of of Virginian right to see what was happening in Charlottesville. And what did that mean to you? And what did that say to you about where the country is yet? It was really heartbreaking in so many respects. Of course, you know, we lost three lives that day Heather higher who really wonderful young woman, and she was killed tragically by someone who. Clearly had hate in his heart and on that video that we've all seen just really something. That's difficult to watch. Even today. Also, we lost troopers day tragically. And I went to the funeral of one of them Burke Bates and his beautiful family and the loss that they had to cope with and and it was a wound that will be deeply not just in Charlottesville, a really resilient community a beautiful place that I love to visit often, but but also Virginia and for the nation. I do think in some respects. It was another turning point in another moment where we were on the stage of history. And and I think people have chosen how they're going to respond to the hate that they saw Nali on August the twelfth of the day before the torches were March, you know, onto you the as campus and was proud of all the people who spoke up with moral, courage to condemn the hatred say that, you know, we will not be a place where white supremacy and Nazism is tolerated, you know, my grandfather's a war veteran thought red ball. Spreads in the European theater? And you know, we as Americans defeated the Nazis, my grandfather fought against them along with so many other brave people over time. So what we're seeing in this resurgence of eight is gonna lose it is gonna lose the long run. And as Dr king famously said that the moral arc of the universe is long, but have bins toward Justice. And I think we saw another instance of that occurring in Charlottesville on I'll share one just very brief story about Charlottesville. And again, I said, I don't really believe in coincidences and all the things that have happened in. The course of this campaign can't really be explained in my view except by providence in so many ways and happen to be in Charlottesville a little bit after the August twelfth incident. And and it was actually on the day of the solar eclipse, which I dunno one reported that so you it wasn't a little known story that didn't get detracted yet last year. But this was a day of the solar eclipse, and so this was maybe a couple of weeks later, and I just so happened to be there as part of the campaign, and I wanted to go out and see the solar. Clips everybody had been talking about. So I walked through the streets downtown Charlottesville, eventually get to a park was elevated on a hill where there are a number of people gathered as I get close to the hill. It turns out that the park was actually emancipating part. So this is the place where the Robert Lee statue sits and where much of the violence was touched off during that period. August, it's I get there and see people, I know and just as you go to look up at the eclipse, I had the fancy glass, I was gonna say, please. Unlike president believe in science and so. But the glasses on and and little at the precise moment, I went to go look up the appointed time, it started to rain in the clouds moved in and blocked, the solar eclipse, so they're all these people out there who are looking at me about a hundred fifty people were staying up, and we can't see it in little is at the precise moment. So we're sitting out there. Trying to wait soaked in the rain and wait it out Vinci. I went and took shelter with some other, folks. And try to wait it out in the final few minutes of our window to see it in Charlottesville. We walked back outside. And this amazing thing happened the clouds parted just enough in the rain stop just enough that we were able to finally see the clips powerful thing to behold, and and we're stared at all for the last couple of minutes. And then as I was leaving park and downtown it was this amazing thing to happen. The clouds were in the sky previously. All basically part went away the sun came out and shown incredibly brightly in the rain stop for the rest of their one of the most beauty. Days. I can remember seeing a long time. And I thought to myself talk with my team that I thought that was the perfect political metaphor for the times that we're living in today. I think when you look at what Donald Trump is trying to do in terms of eclipsing, all the accomplishments and the progress the President Barack Obama and others fought for and have one that's really what we're living through he's trying to undo everything when it comes to Dhaka, and so many of the humane policies and protections around healthcare and try to get rid of the Affordable Care Act. And so many other things that happened. The thing that I loved about that entire metaphors. I sort of thought through it was that it reminded me that eclipses are temporary and it don't last forever. And this political clips that we're living through is temporary. And it will not last forever. But we have got a fight to make sure that goes away. Unlike a naturally occurring eclipse, where all you have to do a stand back and look at it for a few minutes with your glasses for political clipped. She actually got fight too. Make sure that it changes. And I think that's the battle that we're in certain was about it. We were in Virginia. And I think it's now we're seeing it in Alabama now Georgia in other places. But this political clips will come to an end are Democrats ready to win that fight? Because when you look at what's happening between the Bernie wing and everybody else wing, right? Democrats. Can't do anything, right? See is is a mess. They're gonna blow everything in eighteen and in twenty do you see it that way? I don't see it that way. And I and I also wanna give give a shoutout to Tom Perez and Keith Ellison, and it also idea for Michael Blake vice chair the NC they came in and invested heavily in Virginia in a paid dividends. They in fact, campaign personally, many times, I can't pain with each one of them and others, of course, at the DNC and the party Senator Harris came in so to Cory Booker, and and so many others. And so I see him see in the opposite happen. We look. Virginia as an example, governor north of one by about nine percentage points, we won by a you're almost six, but even being outspent, by the way, I was the only person on the ballot who was an unelected official going up against elected official. And yet we still want almost six percentage points, you then see that happening in Alabama where I bet a lot of people did not predict the Doug Jones. Now Senator Jones could have won that race. And I think the DNC made some very strategic quiet investments, and and they importantly listened to folks on the ground. So listen to the grassroots absolute listen to the grass following instead of instead of trying to impose that's exactly right. It's a critical piece, and we did a lot of that in Virginia in our campaign. We've gotta listen, I think there's a lot of evidence that that this DC is listening, and we could all improve everything that we do in terms of engaging politics, but I see a sort of really great upwards, check -tory. I think the twenty teen is going to be a great year. Definitely reelect. Senator Tim Kaine here in Virginia, we're all in for him. But have a great shot to take back. The. House again here in Virginia. We went from having thirty four seats in the house delegates out of one hundred to now having forty nine we fifteen seats, and it was won election that came down literally to draw a name out of a bowl. It was. It was a race where the democrat was down by ten on election day the recount she was up by one. There was another recount then made a tied and they pulled a name of the bowl. And that's the reason that the Republican one we are seeing signs that there is something special happening in our political life in this moment. And I think it's important that people come together again make it not about individuals personalities or politicians, but make it about the progress that we can make together. And and so I that whole wildfire of progressive change are really do believe that it's what's happening. We've seen it these last election cycles, and I'll do everything I can help make sure we continue on the path of progress. Justin. Fairfax forty first Lieutenant governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Thank you very much for being on the podcast. Jonathan sonata pleasure. Thank you very much. Thanks for listening to Cape up. Tune in every Tuesday, you can find us on apple podcasts, and Stitcher and how about doing me a huge favor subscribe rate and review us. I'm Jonathan Kaye. Part of the Washington Post, you can find me on Twitter at Cape heart. Jay. If you like can we do that check out some of our other podcasts like post reports every afternoon host Martine powers brings you the unparalleled reporting and analysis you expect from the post newsroom in our newest daily podcast or try retro pod. 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"Storm team four and weather alert mode. Once again, it's yet another winter storm make it a toy across our region, snow and ice a major factor for your Wednesday. We'll update you on exactly what to expect stay with us on air and on our apps or team four keeping you say always working for you CBD, many, call it a miracle cure. But as anyone regulating this stuff, the news for our team takes dozens of CD products to the land and uncovers hidden dangers. So what are you really paying for? We'd we continues tonight on news Ford five. What's the best thing about podcasts? It's that you can still listen to them during Creamer hunting season, come down the rare white cream egg and being with a chance to win a sweet prize of up to ten thousand euro, join us fellow cremate hunters and find out more by visiting Cadbury Ireland on Facebook at Twitter. Border security. I'm Ed Donahue with an AP news minute press secretary, Sarah Sanders was asked what President Trump thinks about the border security deal reached in congress the final piece of legislation, and we'll make a determination at that point the money and the deal is far less than what the president wanted for wall. The presents got a number of options. He's gonna keep all those on the table. We'll make a determination of what is necessary based on what the final piece of legislation. Looks house speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked what she thinks put the Bill for what is in. Don't judge it for what is not in it. We have other days to pass their legends money. Runs out Friday to fund parts of the government speaking last night at Stanford University in California, Vanessa Tyson college, professor, accusing Virginia's Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of sexual assaults unwanted sexual contact in whatever way, shape or form is absolutely unacceptable. She did not speak directly about her accusation against Fairfax. He has denied the allegations. I'm Ed Donahue. Now is the chance to use reliable energy to grow your money with the dominion energy reliability investment. Our new investment product offers competitive returns, no maintenance fees and flexible online access to your money. Make the reliable investment in reliable energy, the dominion energy reliability investment to find out more. Go online to reliability investment dot com. That's reliability investment dot com. Storm team four and weather alert mode. Once again, it's yet another winter storm making its way across our region, snow and ice a major factor for your Wednesday. We'll update you on exactly what to expect stay with us on air and on our apps or team four keeping you say always working for you CBD, many, call it a miracle cure. But as anyone regulating this stuff, the news for our team takes dozens of CBD products to the lead and uncovers hidden dangerous. So what are you really paying for? We'd we continues tonight on news Ford five.
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NPR News: 02-02-2019 5PM ET
"NPR podcasts are now. Available on every platform checkout. All our shows at NPR dot org slash podcasts. That's NPR dot org slash podcasts. Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Janine Herbst Virginia governor Ralph northern says he won't resign. His position after racists photos were discovered yesterday on his medical school yearbook page and at a tense press conference in Richmond today. He now says he's not either man pictured one in black face. The other one indicate robe this amid growing calls for him to resign from member station. W C V then pave your has more on Friday night, north apologize for appearing in the yearbook photo less than twenty four hours later. He said he was mistaken. There are a lot of people that are hurt by this. And I wanted to reach out to them after I did that last night. I sat and looked at the picture today. I've had the opportunity to talk to classmates, my roommate, and I am convinced that is not my picture, but the forty. A five minute press conference didn't seem to win over north many critics the Virginia black legislative caucus and Virginia. Senate Democrats both issued new statements calling for his resignation northern said he would consider doing. So if he couldn't affectively continue to govern for NPR news. I'm Ben pager in Richmond. Meanwhile, Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax says he's saddened by the images and glad he apologized and while not calling for Northerns resignation. Fairfax a descendant of enslaved people in Virginia says he can't condone Northerns actions, even from the past which he says suggest a comfort with Virginia's history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping and intimidation or officials are reacting with resignation after the Trump administration announced its withdrawal from one thousand nine hundred eighty seven arms control treaty that marked the end of the Cold War. NPR's? Lucian Kim reports the Kremlin says the US long ago decided to exit the agreement. So there was nothing. Russia could do even before the announcement. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry peskov express certainty. The US would with. Draw from the IMF treaty seeing. The Trump administration was unwilling to listen to arguments that brushes actually incompliance. The Kremlin has said it won't respond to American ultimatums in that the end of the IMF treaty could cause a new arms race in Europe. NPR's? Lucian Kim reporting Atlanta is getting ready to host the Super Bowl tomorrow as Emma hurt of member station. W A B reports officials are not taking any chances with security which will be tight. The department of homeland security has about twenty five agencies and six hundred people working the Super Bowl, it's among the highest security events. The government gets involved with that doesn't even include all the local and state agencies involved to Atlanta police chief Erica shields toll WABC that they've been planning for two years. You have to have plans for every possible scenario, you have to think of every possible thing that could go wrong and have enough personnel. The appropriate personnel. All police are on mandatory twelve hour shifts about a million people are expected to visit the Super Bowl festivities downtown for NPR news. I'm a hurt in Atlanta. And they also have about ten thousand security cameras. This is NPR. But Francis is preparing to head to the United Arab Emirates tomorrow. He'll be the first leader of the Roman Catholic church to set foot in the Arabian peninsula. The cradle of Islam and Piersilvio Pohjola reports the pontiff's visit comes as the UAE launches a campaign to become a model. Religious tolerance in a video message. Pope Francis, hailed the emerets as a model for coexistence at human fraternity a meeting point of different civilizations and cultures that we won't throw a place where people find a safe place to work live freely. And we're differences are expected. It will it will be a landmark in the Arabian peninsula. The pope has been allowed to celebrate an outdoor mass that's expected to draw one hundred thirty five thousand Catholics mostly migrant workers from Asia Francis will also attend an interreligious event as part of what the UAE has branded its year of tolerance while there's more religious freedom in the UAE than in neighboring Saudi Arabia. We're only Islam is allowed non Muslims are still advised to keep a low profile, Sylvia. Poggioli NPR news Rome, a male silverback gorilla loan to California group as a possible made for KoKo the gorilla who learned a large amount of sign language sending back to Cincinnati zoo. A federal judge made the decision saying at twenty fifteen agreement between the Cincinnati zoo and botanical garden and guerrilla foundation to return and Dumais after Coco's death has to be enforced. Coco died in June at the age of forty six the zoo sued after the gorilla foundation reneged on an agreement claiming that Indu mate would be harmed by the move. This is NPR.
NPR News: 02-02-2019 12PM ET
"NPR podcasts are now available on every major platform checkout all our shows at NPR dot org slash podcasts. That's NPR dot org slash podcasts. Live from NPR news in Washington. I'm Barbara Klein protesters are gathered near the governor's mansion in Richmond, Virginia demanding governor. Ralph Northam resign. The democrat is under widespread pressure to step down after racist photo from his nineteen Eighty-four medical school yearbook was circulated yesterday. North is due to hold a press conference at two thirty eastern time today. Greg Carper of member station. W C V E reports. From testers chanted and spoke about how them spo- felt like up a trail. They said apologies are not enough. Francescoli Davis helped organized the demonstration, trusted you. Trusted you. Maybe you have changed people do, but we believe in reconciliation a black man stands behind you step back step away. So he can step forward. We're today. Should know them resign? His Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax would take his place. Fairfax would be the second African American governor in Virginia history for NPR news. I'm Craig copper in Richmond. Russian President Vladimir Putin says he's suspending Russia's participation in one thousand nine hundred eighty seven arms control treaty one day after the Trump administration announced its withdrawing as NPR's Lucian Kim reports from Moscow the intermediate range nuclear forces treaty is now set to expire in six months. President Putin said Russia's response would be reciprocal if the US suspended participation in the treaty and starts developing new weapons so would Russia conscious at the Soviet Union ran out of money during the. Cold War arms race. Putin said Russia would stay within its current defense budget. He also said the door to arms control talks remains open. If the US is ready to treat Russia as an equal partner. Meanwhile, China's calling on the Trump administration to negotiate with Russia instead of withdrawing from the IMF treaty. Washington says the agreement constrains the US ability to confront the Chinese and Russian military capabilities. Iran's state TV says, the Iranian military is unveiled a new cruise missile NPR's. Peter Kenyon reports the unveiling coincides with the run up to the fortieth anniversary of Iran's Islamic revolution. This isn't the first time. Iran is use the versity celebrations marking the nineteen seventy nine revolution to announce new weaponry this year. Iran says it has tested a surface to surface missile with a range of eight hundred miles. Iran's defense minister insists the missiles are fairly defensive the capacities of the latest missiles have not been confirmed. One of the stated reasons for. President Trump pulling the US out of the twenty fifteen Iran nuclear agreement was its failure to address either Iran's ballistic missile program, or what officials called Tehran's maligned behavior in the region. Peter Kenyon, NPR news is danville. This is NPR. Yellow vest? Protesters in France are holding a twelfth consecutive Saturday of demonstrations against French president Emmanuel Macron's economic policies they're also paying tribute to demonstrators injured in clashes with police one of two historically black women's colleges in this country is fighting to keep its accreditation. Bethany chafing of member station. W FD reports Bennett college in Greensboro, North Carolina is spending this weekend. Trying to raise the funds. It needs to prove that it can be financially. Stable Bennett, college is preparing to appeal the loss of at the credits due to lack of financial resources to help its case the school launched a massive fundraising campaign called stand with Bennett hoping to raise five million dollars. The school has received a major boost from neighboring high point university, which has pledged one million dollars in support constant daily graduating senior at Bennett, she says she's cautious. Optimistic about our schools future. Once we see everything in the clear once they make the big announcement. That's when we'll be able to breathe officials are spending the weekend tallying gifts and preparing legal briefs for the appeal will announce final numbers on Monday for NPR news. I'm Bethany chafe and Greensboro, North Carolina. Atlanta police say they're preparing for about a million visitors for tomorrow Super Bowl with the Los Angeles Rams in New England Patriots. Officers will be on mandatory twelve hour shifts and some six hundred homeland security department personnel are also on hand. I'm Barbara Klein NPR news. Super.
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NPR News: 09-12-2020 5AM ET
"Live from NPR news on Giles Snyder the FBI and other law enforcement agencies are trying to dispel false rumors at leftist political groups are to blame for Oregon's wildfires. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Conrad Wilson reports that officials warn the chasing conspiracy theories takes limited resources away from police are trying to protect people on facebook groups in areas hard hit by fires residents post about forming. Patrols to stop looters and Antiga a loosely defined leftist group that is a favorite target of far-right conspiracy theorists. Rumors about antique are also circulating in. Southern. Oregon where law enforcement has opened a criminal probe into the Alameda fire. But ashlin police chief Tiger says, ANTIFA is not on his radar in way does it point toward any political group including anybody associated with Antifa? And any rumors suggesting that it is pointing toward ANTIFA are entirely fabricated. The FBI. Says they've checked out some of the rumors none of them were true for NPR news. I'm Conrad Wilson in Portland Oregon Governor Kate Brown says dozens of people are missing hundreds of thousands remained under evacuation orders, dozens of fires burning on the west coast but the weather appears to be helping in California firefighters are reported to be making Progress against the state's deadliest fire near the small city of Oroville the fire's being blamed for killing at least nine people. But smoke has lower temperatures and winds are easing the nation's top infectious disease expert Dr Anthony Fauci says, he disagrees with President Trump assessment that the country is rounded the corner on the krona virus pandemic. I'm sorry. But I have to disagree with that because if you look at the statistics. Are Disturbing you know we we're plateauing at around forty thousand cases a day, and the deaths are around a thousand out speaking there on MSNBC warning that it may be towards the end of next year before the country gets back to something approaching pre pandemic normal. Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax will formally announce his candidacy for governor today been pave year from member station VPN reports that the Democrat will have to overcome allegations of sexual assault and a crowded primary field to secure his party's nomination. Fairfax has strongly denied the accusations sexual assault brought by two women last year when looked like he might immediately become governor at that time Governor Ralph. Northam faced intense pressure to resign over a racist photo. In his Nineteen eighty-four Med school yearbook, he's managed to stay in office. Fairfax has attacked his accusers on twitter in insists that voter still trust him to lead on important issues regarding what they quoted us that people have always shown up for us at the ballot box his fundraising though has lagged compared to several potential rivals including former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe for NPR news I'm Ben Pave you're in Richmond and you're listening to NPR news. The California State University system is the first to announce plans for the spring semester. NPR's listen Edward reports classes. Will remain mostly online most colleges are still trying to figure out the logistics of their fall semester but ceus you chancellor Timothy White says they plan to continue to have most classes held virtually all twenty three campuses in the system through the spring semester white says the decision is quote the responsible one and will allow students and faculty better plan their academic year. He also noted a increase in corona virus. Cases. This winter in addition to seasonal influenza will quote undoubtedly be daunting challenge. He says, he will keep the door open to the possibility of imprisoned classes. If the situation changes elicited NPR News Germany's Alexander's era of is set to play in a Grand Slam tennis final for the first time, he advanced to the men's final at the US Open after coming back from a two-set deficit and beating Pablo Sereno Busa. Now, looked at the scoreboard after two sets thought to myself playing grassland semi final down six, three, six two. In a match paper, you know what I'm supposed to be the favorite so I needed to play better on you to start something new and I thought okay. I'm going to go set by set and We'll see how far I can get zero is set to meet Austria's Dominique team in the men's championship neither has ever won a Grand Slam tournament I though the Women's title will have to be decided Naomi Osaka playing. Victoria. As a wrinkle later today I'm trial Snyder NPR news.
AP Headline News Feb 22 2019 22:00 (EST)
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Ralph Northam's Political Career Is over (Even If He Doesn't Know It)
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Midday Brief for Monday, February 11th
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AP One Minute Headlines Feb 08 2019 17:00 (EST)
"Stacy's asia. After years of enroll dope within an inch of my life. I'm free receipts of a mind of their own go, paperless and manager travel expenses online with my taxi business, make the smarter choice of my taxi dot com being attorney general and a house committee. I'm Tim Maguire, the AP news minute acting attorney. General Matthew Whitaker tells the House Judiciary committee? He made no promises to the Trump White House about special counsel Robert Muller's investigation. No time has the White House. Ask for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel's investigation or any other investigation. Democrats on the committee peppered Whitaker, New York's Hakim Jeffries questioning his abilities all trying to figure out who are you. Where did you come from? And how to heck did you become the head of the department of Justice Republicans see the hearing as political grandstanding, especially since Whitaker may have less than a week left on the job. A second woman accuses Virginia Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax of sexual. Assault. The woman said in a statement today that the attack took place in two thousand when they were both students at Duke University. I'm Tim McGuire.
AP Headline News Feb 08 2019 18:00 (EST)
"With zero percent financing our seat Stanick, ands, boy, Taj models, you know, you'll get an unbeatable deal at your local Kia dealer. But as well as great finance deals, you'll get something else as well. The reassurance of knowing that wherever the next seven years bring you Kia you covered Kia seven year warranty quality redefined for more, visit Kia dot com. Lending criteria in terms and conditions apply. AP radio news. I'm tim. Maguire problems are occurring in regards to the Virginia governor's situation. Governor Ralph northern telling senior staffers he will not resign despite the black face allegations from a photo from his college yearbook emerging going to be my leader. It's not my decision. It's his decision. But I don't think that he can be infected leader at this point. Meanwhile, Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax second woman has come out and accused him of sexual assault which occurred when they were students at Duke University Fairfax's issued a statement totally denying the accusations. The House Judiciary committee faces acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker in a long and sometimes contentious hearing today. Whitaker says the probes been allowed to continue without any meddling. We have followed a special counsel's regulations to t and that he has not spoken about it with President Trump. When democrat Steve Cohen asked if he agrees with the president's characterization of the probe are you overseeing a witch with occur passed? It would be inappropriate for me to talk about an ongoing investigation. The hearing was deeply personal with democratic he Jeffries questioning Whitaker's fitness for the job as Trump loyalist who are you where did you come from? And how to heck did you become the head of the parliament of Justice and Republican ranking member Doug Collins blasting the hearing as political theater dog and pony show. Let's get it out. Saga megani? At the White House special education assistant at a Baltimore high school was wounded by gunfire. Fire today after confronting an armed intruder trying to enter that school building. This is AP radio news. Jeff Bezos continues his fight against the National Enquirer. Jeff Bezos allegation that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him is being investigated by federal prosecutors in New York, according to people familiar with the case just last December, the tabloid settled churches that had helped Donald Trump pay off to proported Paramore's and bury their stories to parent company. AM? I agreed not to commit any more crimes as those claims in an extraordinary essay that the Enquirer threaten to publish explicit material. It had on him unless he dropped a probe of how the paper got its hands on intimate exchanges. He'd had with these mistress. AM? I issued a statement claiming it's enacting legally the US attorney has declined comment. Warren Levinson, New York, a Republican candidate has taken the nickname Trump vowing to fight to keep it on a primary. Ballot and Kentucky where the president remains popular with fellow GOP members Kentucky. -tary state office says Karl that took that nickname in an improper attempt. I'm Tim Maguire.
Congress's biggest iconoclast passes away
"The daily two oh two was sponsored by T. Rowe price. Check out the confident wallet a personal finance podcast series by T. Rowe price and the Washington Post brain studio. Good morning. I'm James Holman from the Washington Post and this is the daily to for Monday, February eleven. In today's news talks to avert another government shutdown breakdown. Amy klobuchar announces for president in a blizzard and Virginia Democrats are circulating a draft resolution to impeach Justin. Fairfax. The first the big idea. North Carolina, congressman Walter Jones. So enthusiastically supported the two thousand three invasion of Iraq that he argued for French fries to be renamed freedom fries. A jab at France for opposing the war. But the Republican leader underwent a dramatic change of heart and emerged as one of the most prominent critics of the war, the thirteen term congressman passed away Sunday on his seventy sixth birthday, his health declined. After a fall in which he broke his hip Jones elected in nineteen Ninety-four represented a district that included the Marine Corps camp. Lejeune in cherry point air station in two thousand two he joined most Republicans and many Democrats in voting for a resolution authorizing George W Bush to use military force in Iraq, more than four thousand Americans and more than one hundred thousand Iraqis have died since no weapons of mass destruction were found and the justification for the invasion was soon revealed to have been based on faulty information. Jones traced his transformation to a funeral held at Camp Lejeune for thirty one year old marine sergeant who had been killed while helping evacuate wounded comrades and the presence of their three young children including newborn twins the marines. Widow read from his final letter home Jones watched as the older boy dropped a toy and another marine picked it up in handed it back. The congressman said it sunk in then the little boy would never know his daddy. So he began writing handwritten letters to relatives of every US servicemember killed in Iraq and Afghanistan all told he wrote more than twelve thousand letters. He wants told NPR that he asked God to forgive him for his vote to go to war and in two thousand five he renounced the war and called for a timetable to withdraw Jones also hung posters. Displaying the faces of the war dead along the hallway leading to his office on Capitol Hill. The congressman was known for. Rebellious streak and stood alone. In the Republican party on some issues, including his support for campaign finance reform and increasing the minimum wage in twenty twelve in response. House GOP leaders stripped him of his position on the financial services committee. But while some considered him a gadfly most viewed him as a principal legislator, including many of his constituents who continually returned him to office despite well-funded challenges from the party establishment. And that's the big idea. Here are three other headlines that should be on your radar number one. The risk of a second government shutdown at the end of this week increased after bipartisan negotiations fell apart over the weekend. President Trump's border wall demands which precipitated the record long thirty five day shutdown that ended late last month where a secondary issue in the past the developed this weekend. Instead after looking promising for days the delicate negotiations collapsed over insistence by Democrats on limiting the number of unauthorized immigrants who can be detained by ice. This has become a major issue for the party because of opposition to the Trump administration's aggressive detention tactics. The breakdown in talks made it unlikely that lawmakers will be able to finalize an agreement on Monday. So that it could pass the house and Senate before Friday night's deadline that stalemate leaves the path to keeping the government open unclear Trump, of course, is always a wild card in these situations. He's having a big rally in El Paso tonight to make the case for the wall. Lawmakers had been trade. Offers over how much money could go to barriers along the us Mexico border. They were looking at somewhere between one point three billion and two billion still far short of the five point seven billion. Trump has demanded. Another funding lapse could affect many Americans within days because one of the agencies that would go unfunded during the shutdown is the Internal Revenue Service, which is processing tax returns for millions of people. Number two. Minnesota Senator Amy klobuchar became the latest democrat to enter the twenty twenty presidential field on Sunday afternoon. She held a rally at a park on the banks of the Mississippi River near the site of a two thousand seven bridge collapse that killed thirteen people and injured scores more. The bridge was quickly rebuilt in two thousand eight after politicians, including the Senator came together to expedite the construction process. The intended takeaway of its role as the emotional heart of her speech club chart is someone who will get things done. Her entry into the race came in an event during which the candidate and hundreds of supporters were pelted by relentless snow. She sought to use that to to define her candidacy. She said snow won't stop her because she's got grit number three Virginia. Democratic lawmakers. Began circulating a draft resolution on Sunday to begin impeachment proceedings against Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, a fellow democrat over allegations of sexual assault that have been leveled against him Fairfax's fended off calls from the state. Critic party and some state and national lawmakers to resign after two women publicly came forward last week to accuse him of sexual assault Vanessa Tyson accused Fairfax of sexually assaulting her in two thousand and four at the democratic national convention in Boston. Meredith Watson on Friday accused Fairfax of assaulting her in two thousand will they were undergrads at Duke University. Fairfax says the encounters were consensual and his blasted the allegations as part of a smear campaign against him. He has said repeatedly that he will not step down and once the FBI or others to investigate the accusations of vote on the draft resolution, which could come as soon as Tuesday would direct the house committee for courts of Justice to hold hearings on the allegations against him such an investigation would be the precursor to a committee recommendation for impeachment, and then eventually a vote of the full house any attempt to impeach. Fairfax though, appears unprecedented. There has been no impeachment of an elected official in Virginia. In modern times. And that's the daily to to for Monday, February eleven thanks for listening. I'm James homo talk to you tomorrow momentum.
AP Headline News Feb 04 2019 22:00 (EST)
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I'm Tim Maguire federal prosecutors in New York subpoena, President Trump's inaugural committee, reportedly looking for files on how it raised and spent his money rast year, the Wall Street Journal reported there was an investigation into whether political favors were granted to those who made contributions to the Trump inaugural committee. It also reported there was a query into whether the committee misspent inaugural funds that it had raised a spokeswoman for the inaugural committee says they will cooperate with the subpoena, which was filed by federal prosecutors in New York. Jackie Quinn, Washington. Trump is ready for tomorrow night's state of the union address. And a democratic leader Chuck Schumer says he sees the state of the union as sad and Trump is to blame the New York Senator ads he will have a hard time believing anything the president says looming question is just how many falsehoods distortions and made up facts will. Appear in the president's speech. How many times will say something's fake news because it's true. Among the thirteen guests invited by Trump to the speech a woman freed from federal prison after he commuted her life without parole sentence for drug offenses and a Delaware boy reportedly bullied at his middle school because his last name is Trump Virginia. Governor Ralph Northam searching for ways to not be forced to resign following last. Friday's publication of a racist photo from his page in a medical school yearbook. The ten governor Justin Fairfax who would succeed north. Should he leave office tells W WB Tammy -sition, obviously estimated governor in someone who would have to see an office invented to resign. So I have to be very circumspect to have to think about people to come over junior. Meanwhile, Fairfax denies an uncooperative allegations of sexual misconduct. First reported by a conservative website. He told reporters that the encounter with the woman was consensual and the accusation is a political smear. This is AP radio. News jury deliberations in an accused drug lords trial have begun in New York. Here's Warren Levinson. The jurors heard instructions from the judge and began deliberations against Joaquin Guzman. The infamous drug Lord nicknamed El Chapo Guzman is accused of flooding the US with cocaine and using murder and intimidation to crush rivals. He escaped twice from prisons in Mexico. And federal prosecutor entry Goldberg said he was planning another escape when he was captured in two thousand seventeen and brought to the US where he has been in solitary confinement since the defense says witnesses against Guzman exaggerated, their testimony to get more lenient treatment for themselves. Guzman faces life in prison if he's convicted Warren Levinson, New York, one person is dead when an improvised. Vice went off this afternoon behind a shopping center in Albuquerque, New Mexico police chief Mike Geyer was asked if the person killed set off the blast. That's one of the possibilities. We don't have any reason to believe there is anybody else. No one else was hurt. I'm Tim Maguire AP radio news space. Some regions are fast and empty other areas. We call closets. Fortunately, Kevin from the container store has answers. Right. Kevin. What gives you the power over space? I'd say alpha, customizable, closets with free, design and Elvis adjustable shelving and drawers, I can create space in any size closet. Kevin master of space and closets or just Kevin plus right now save thirty percent on elfin installation and earn up to five hundred dollars credit through February tenth at the container store where space comes from music coming from space. Some regions are fast and empty other areas. We call closets. Fortunately, Kevin from the container store has answers. Right. Kevin. 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Charges of racism and sexual assault upend Va. politics
"From the newsroom of the Washington Post. I need. This is John Kelly from the post. Are you? Washington. This is post reports I'm Martine powers. It's Thursday February seven. Today political crisis in Virginia. The message behind from MS thirteen crackdown in the origin story of new emoji. I reflect it with my family and classmates from the time and affirmed my conclusion that I am not the person in that photo. It is all completely political. It's a complete smear. The manipulation is completely obvious. Virginia politicians are in denial mode. The reason is corroborated because the start true. But I believe then. And now that I'm not either of the people in that photo right now all three of the state's top elected officials are deep in scandals starting with governor. Ralph Northam down to Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, and then attorney general Mark herring. And all three are Democrats. As for the scandals they involve a racist. Photograph incidence of black face and in the case of Fairfax in accusation of sexual assault. You could say this whole perceive. Started over comments about abortion that routh nor them in a democratic lawmaker made that brought a lot of national attention to Virginia finit near a pill covered. Ralph Northam back when he was campaigning for governor in two thousand seventeen and finished says that north recent statements got a lot of conservatives angry and looking for a way to take a political stab at him. He was talking about abortions into instance, where fetuses non-vaible, and it was widely misconstrued as Ralph nor them calling for the abortions of children that are born healthy. So there's a lot of national scrutiny on routh, nor them and a lot of criticism from Republicans nationally and locally. And then sources have told us that Bakley politics, which is a conservative website was able to get a copy of a yearbook where there's the photo of black face in a K K K costume on routh Northerns yearbook page. It was a medical school yearbook from nineteen Eighty-four and says that the reason that big league politics was able to obtain was because of the anger around north him. And his abortion comments that all happened last week the story appeared on the website on Friday afternoon. Several hours later rough non them release a statement a short statement apologizing for the photo apologizing for peering the photo, then that create an awkward situation. Like, we was the guy in the black face. Or the guy dressed up like a K K K member. And which one is worse than that situation. Indeed. And then the next morning Ralph nor them gave a press conference. And then he said that he actually didn't believe he was in the photo at all. And that raise the question of why would you would mitt to being in a photo if you weren't in the photo, but then to make matters even more complicated. Ralph northern it'd that okay? I don't think I was in black face that time. But there was another time where I was in block face, and he acknowledged that he put on shoe polish on his face when he dressed up like Michael Jackson for a dance competition the mid nineteen eighties. And what I think makes this whole thing. Even more surprising is the fact that like race was an issue in his campaign that in many ways north them benefited from the fact that his opponent has Republican opponent was accused of releasing racist campaign ads right in also that campaign happened the same year Charlottesville when white supremacists marched on Charlottesville. And the president said there were very fine people on both sides this. Happened during the Ginnie governor's race in race really became a key topic about point and probably benefited Democrats at that time in the election results. Ninety percent of African Americans voted for Ralph nor them he also had strong support from Latino Asian voters as well and voters and organizations devoted organizing voters of color outraged by what they saw as racial attacks from the Republicans throughout that year. So all of this is looking very bad for north them. And then an obviously the next person in line if he were to resign, which many people were pressuring him to do would be the Lieutenant governor who is also in trouble right now Virginia's Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, who's next in line to be governor has been accused of sexual assault came out on Sunday and Justin Fairfax forcefully denied the claims. And STAN response validation is completely false as was indicated in our statement. And if you read through the store, you will see it's completely. Cooperated? What we does that is false in defamatory. The woman accused him since gone public and agreed to put our name to it. Her name is Vanessa Tyson. She's a California professor, and she says that Justin Fairfax for her to perform oral sex on him when they met at the two thousand four democratic national convention in Boston. She first came to the Washington Post about this shortly after Fairfax's election in two thousand seventeen we opted not to write a story as we've Ford it because we weren't able to crop rate the evidence or either sides claim of what happened in the hotel room at that convention, and we weren't able to find someone misconduct claims against Justin Fairfax. But the fact that this woman has now come out publicly to make this accusation is pretty bad for him. It's out there. Now, just in Fairfax has to defend himself from it. A lot of the same lawmakers who called on Ralph northern resign to figure out how to respond to this one two. We haven't seen a similar cascade of calls for resignation, but a lot of people are torn over their desire to believe survivors. And to believe women who come forward. Especially after Vanessa Tyson released a lengthy and harrowing state and about what she went through unlike others, I have nothing to hide. I mean, you have someone who obviously wanted to manipulate the press I was one attention on this. But this is a complete smear. So at this point, there's a very real possibility that both the governor and Lieutenant governor Virginia may end up having to resign. And then we get to the next person in the line of succession, which is the attorney general of Virginia. Yes. So the third person is attorney general Mark herring and on Wednesday. He acknowledged that. He put on black face when he was in college too. He was like I didn't need to get this out there before we make any decisions about who's going to be leaving. And who's going to be staying? But the interesting thing is Mark Erin cold for Ralph northern resign on Saturday. So after when everyone else is calling for Ralph the resigned over his black face incident. Mark herring cold, nor them to resign to. He said he was no longer able to lead. And now Mark herring acknowledge that he put on black face. And he hasn't addressed the question of well, why was it resign -able offense? When Ralph northern did it, but not resign -able fence for you. And so if for some reason all three of these democratic leaders Virginia were to be kicked out of office or to resign. What would happen after that? So the fourth person in line to the governorship is the speaker of the house of delegates, and that's a Republican Kirk Cox of colonial heights, and there's an interesting back story there too. Because the reason Kirk Cox speaker right now is the election results for the house of delegates in two thousand seventeen came down to a dead tie. And there was one unresolved race. I was going to determine control of the house of delegates and that race was a tie both candidates received the exact same number of votes, and it literally came down to a name being pulled out of ceramic bowl. And the reason that Republicans have a majority of the delegates it was pure luck. And pure chance win the name of the Republican was drawn out of the bowl, and that gave them the fifty one forty nine majority civic, essentially this Republican. Who is now fourth in line to becoming leader Virginia the reason that he's there the reason that Republicans have power in the first place is because of a name that got picked out of a bowl. That's right. And I should say to not a lot of people think that that's going to happen. The Democrats are going allow all three of their officeholders to resign and let a Republican take control. There's a lot of different permutations of how this could play out. Whether it's Lieutenant governor resigned, I governor appoint a new Lieutenant governor there are a lot of complexities here. And in the dynamics of shifted so much in the past few days. So the fact that all three of these leaders are mired in conflict at this point. It seems like almost a brewing crisis. That's is crisis is a good way to describe it. And what's happening in Richmond? Right now is there's almost as paralysis where you have all these people who could understand what happened with Ralph nor them and just hope that it would all end froth, nor them to step down and resigned. But it's gotten a lot. More complicated. Now that you have sexual assault allegations against your tenant governor and your attorney general also admitting to using black face. So you have a crisis where especially in a party where women and African Americans are key part of their base. You have scandals relating to race and gender in -veloping, your three statewide elected officials, and this is coming at a really precarious time for Democrats because for the last few years they've been held up as a model of how a previously conservative state can turn blue the fact that they're legislature has become increasingly democratic in the last few years. The fact that they elected a democratic governor the year after President Trump was elected that those were a symbol of democratic progress and the country, right? Those success for Virginia in twenty seventeen came down to things they were able to persuade a moderate voters, especially in the suburbs to vote for Democrats, especially moderates were turned off by President Trump in the direction of publican party. And. And they were able to activate voters of color who turned out in high numbers in favor of the Democrats elected. A historically diverse group of candidates. The Democrats want to be a party that's progressive on race. That's progressive on gender that believes in listens to women. But you're in this situation, our Democrats trying to figure out where do we draw the line are the things that people did decades ago? Can we forgive them? Should we consider what they've done once? They were in public office on issues of race and gender should that count in their favor. These are complicated and difficult discussions that are happening across the Commonwealth of Virginia and across the country as people are trying to figure out what's acceptable. And what's not from their public officials? Then it near a pill covers local politics for the post. The savage gang MS thirteen now operates at least twenty different American states. And they almost all come through our southern border. At the state of the union. President Trump raised the issue of MS thirteen the Salvadorian gang. That's been a prominent crime fixture in the US since the nineties and for Michael Miller who reports on MS thirteen for the post that part of the speech didn't come as much of a shock. Well, he on spies Lee mentioned the gang which Mike at least is I think the hundred sixty first time that he's brought it up since he came to office. That's really this touchstone that he comes back to again. And again, just yesterday an MS thirteen gang member was taken into custody for fatal shooting on a subway platform in New York City. You mentioned this MS thirteen murder that happened on Sunday in queens, which of course is hometown in that incident. Again, fight at a subway station ended up with someone shot and killed the murder was caught on video by a bystander police. Two twenty six year old who they believed to be an MS thirteen gang member and two days later, the president was talking about it. We are removing these gang members by the thousands. But until we secure our border. They're going to keep streaming right back in and Michael says that the president has a very compelling reason to keep focusing on MS thirteen even if what he's saying doesn't exactly square with what's happening on the ground. I think for the president of the gang embodies his worst fears about undocumented immigrants and illegal immigration. They commit these kind of spectacular murders that really kind of play into Americans worst fears about people who might become in over the border, many of these gang members took advantage of glaring loopholes in our laws to enter the country as illegal unaccompanied alien minors. Obviously, we should point out that statistically immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States, but at the same time the gang does commit these murders, and they draw a lot of attention because they're so spectacularly violent. And so in that way, the prison often points to it has kind of the what he's seeking to keep out by building a border wall. Making this connection between the benefits building a border wall and the risks of MS thirteen he also really paints this picture that MS thirteen is growing. And that it's a bigger problem than it has ever been does that square with reality. Well, thirties told me that the number of gang members is pretty constant. So it's still at about ten thousand nationwide. But it is true that there was an uptick in teen violence that started in around two thousand and thirteen thousand fourteen and then really kind of peaked in two thousand sixteen in two thousand seventeen really my reporting is shown talking to local law enforcement, federal law enforcement and also experts that last year that number really dropped off. So why is there such a steep drop off in and the number of a mess thirteen murders? Will look thirty say that basically this is kind of a cyclical thing where the gang will become more violent thirties will become aware of it though, really. Take aggressive efforts to crack down on it mostly on a local level, and they will solve those crimes put people behind bars and the gang violence will kind of dip or come to a low. So, you know, the president likes to say that he's deporting arresting Mr. T members in record numbers, which isn't quite true. But also local authorities will say that really this is kind of part of a pattern that they've seen play out for decades now so in the last couple of years as we've seen the number of murders start to drop off what have the efforts from state and local law enforcement agencies. Look like that actually resulted in crackdown on MS thirteen. Sure. So really what it looks like is in some cases ice HSI homeland security investigations, they do they have increased the number of MS thirteen gang member rests that they've made in recent years. But most of these cases are being built by local on forcement often with the help the FBI. And then they're brought a fed. Pharrell? So we see these big federal indictments of the Rico indictments racketeering indictments that really take several years to build and then they take down entire clicks. Or a groups of MS thirteen. These cases constitute the largest crackdown of MS thirteen ever conducted in Los Angeles. Most of the defendants if convicted will face decades in federal prison where there is no parole and the three of the defendants are eligible for the death penalty. So we've definitely seen that in the DC area. Also in Long Island, Long Island. There were I believe according to police there there were seventeen MS thirteen murders in two thousand sixteen through April of two thousand seventeen so you have basically one per month there, and it really kind of terrorized the community that's in Suffolk County Long Island. And then the local authorities the police there with the help of ice and the feds they. Really went after one particular click that was responsible, and they haven't had a single MS thirteen murder since April two thousand seventeen when you look at the incidence down. They are very uncomfortable here himself, accounting, they point to that as a real success story, and we're seeing that play out around the country, including here in DC. So if law enforcement agencies are getting better at being able to root out MS thirteen and prevent some of these murders. Why isn't that something that President Trump is bragging about the fact that this is a problem that we're starting to get hold of? It's a it's a crucial question. I've been looking at because you would think that the president would want to dive into these numbers. He would want to point out just how drastically MS thirteen murders fell last year. But that could undermine his argument for a wall. Could also kind of undermine this argument that he makes kind of conflicting undocumented immigrants with crime. And so what we see is. He doesn't tend to really wait into the numbers. He doesn't get specific. Instead, he kind of points to anecdotes of MS thirteen violence life this killing in queens, a couple days ago or a couple of cases in the DC region that he kind of refers to again, and again, and again that we've reported on for the Washington Post. But as I said, we've really seen a sharp decline in terms of MS thirteen murders last year in the Washington region. So that's gone down from over thirty in two thousand sixteen and seventeen combined to about four last year by our estimates. What to local law enforcement agencies say about the fact that the reality of their success kind of runs counter to what the president is talking about. They honestly walk a pretty fine line because they don't want to incur the wrath of the president. They don't want to kind of wait into politics some law enforcement. Does tell me that that the president's rhetoric gets in the way of what they're trying to do. So I was. Speaking to the police Commissioner and Selfo county Long Island, again, this is a place that has had seventeen murders in just about as many months going back to two thousand seventeen but it's really dropped off. And so, you know, she said that on the one hand the president's rhetoric talking about MS thirteen has helped drive funds to them. I think they got a half million dollar grant to help go after MS thirteen but at the same time, she worried that this rhetoric and the way that the president conflates undocumented immigrants in crime and paint. So broadly immigrants possible MS thirteen members that it could lead people to not come forward and not report crimes not cooperate. So in that sense. There's a risk that this type of rhetoric really kind of backfire. Thank you so much, Michael. Yeah. Thank you. Michael Miller is a reporter for the post. This week the unit code consortium is announcing the release of two hundred thirty new emoji. The new icons include animals like flamingos offers. There are objects like snorkels, and saris and waffles, and there are new emoji that are more inclusive like people who use wheelchairs and people who use canes and people who fall outside the traditional gender binary. But the idea for these new emoji don't actually start with Yuna code today. A story from post animator Colin pope on where exactly new emoji come from. And how it turns out any of us can officially propose one. I think if you were to ask the Unical committee does yoga deserve an emoji. Probably they'd say, yes. But you still need to go through these hoops. And for the person meditating emoji the guy jumping through all these hoops is audio producer, Mark Brian Hill. The biggest hoop is a written proposal proving. There's demand for your emoji. And that it hits unicorns list of criteria. For example. It can't be overly specific sushi is a good emotive exists. If you're like, oh, I want a salmon Roe emoji. That's too narrow. It has to have multiple uses. They want to know is this something that can be used non literally it can't overlap with existing emojis. They want something that's going to break new ground. Not all the breeds of dogs. No logos. Brands or real people. They're constantly getting bad, man, and Starbucks those aren't going to happen. It can't be a fan and for something that has been around for millennia. It is pretty safe to say it is not a fat. Mark finishes up and sends his proposal to Unix emoji subcommittee. They do the first screening a week later. I got an Email saying we have decided to forward this onto the unicorn technical committee. I was just elated and then also terrified that oh now it has to pass muster with the big leagues. At this point most folks are going and just wait to hear the decision. But a rare few emoji hopefuls take the auction to go argue their case in person. How do you say no to that? So when I got that Email it also meant all right? I'm going to San Francisco. So it was November seventh two thousand sixteen. I went in front of unicorn, and honestly, I was just like a nervous mess before getting in my ride to go to this meeting. It was just like I might as well practice one more time. So I turn on my recorder. So my proposed emoji is for person meditating this would be a single mode that it was rough. I kept like forgetting basic words, you know, maybe that would have been a good time to be meditating. At the meeting Mark steps into a room packed with engineers. He takes a deep breath checks is notes. And then just like all right? Give your pitch. And I think this would fill an important gap in the current Unix standard. Thank you any questions. How do you think you did? There was some nodding of heads during my speech. But, you know, at the end, it was like, okay, we'll need to leave and they took a secret vote as to whether or not to make this an emoji. Any emoji that does get approved has one less step a graduation of sorts each company. Apple Google Twitter has to draw their own version of it. But Unocal doesn't really say what it should look like for the dancer. It doesn't tell you what kind of dance they're doing doesn't save. It's a man or a woman. So each company has to interpret it in their own style. And when it's ready release it into the wild with a software update. And so a few days go by still haven't heard anything another day passes and another until later that week when Mark was scrolling through Twitter, and I saw a thing about the new emojis that were approved looking around seeing like, okay, they've got a woman in a job the hedgehog emoji a man with a beard and Finally I lower on the page person in Lotus position. I did it. I'd made it I had created an emoji. What was the first thing? You did after you found out that it had made it I think I called my mom. I've been seeing people tweeting like oh my gosh, finally yoga emoji. This is the only emoji. I've wanted my face just lit up. When Mark for started his emoji. There wasn't a lot of guidance. But if you look at unit coat site now, there's some good examples to follow suggestions on pitfalls to avoid and right in the middle. You'll notice an immaculate typeset extremely enthusiastic very well-written sample proposal, titled person meditating. Colin pope is an animation storyteller at the post. You can get a link to the full animated version, Colin story over at post reports dot com. That's it. For today's show. You can learn more about the stories in the episode at post reports dot com. Join the conversation online using the hashtag post reports. I'm not powers we'll be back tomorrow with more stories from the Washington Post.
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"Space some regions are vast empty other areas we call closets. Fortunately, Kevin from the container store has answers. Right. Kevin. What gives you the power over space? I'd say alpha, customizable, closets with free, design and Elvis adjustable shelving and drawers, I can create space in any size closet. Kevin master of space and closets or just Kevin plus right now, save thirty percent on elfin installation and earn up to five hundred dollars credit through February tenth at the container store, where space comes from who wears music coming from cases, Asiago after years have been rolled up within an inch of my life. I'm free receipts of a mind of their own go, paperless and manager travel expenses online with might taxi business make the smarter choice that might taxi dot com. AD radio news. I'm Rita Foley, lay watch for the president to highlight, his achievements and downplay discord tonight during his state of the union address. That's what the White House says. Presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway says naysayers shouldn't oppose the president just because he's President Trump. They should listen to the message and not always look at the messenger. And I think a little bit more policy a lot less on politics a little bit more on principle less on palace intrigue. So Woodley say tonight AP correspondent, Jill Kovin in Washington. We expect the president to talk about a number of foreign policy issues that he and his aides have been teasing for instance. A he has been saying that he will likely we'll see if he chooses to react that announcement. But he'll probably be announcing the date of the next summit that he's going to be having with North Korean leader, Kim Jong UN is the latest in a series of criminal inquiries into Donald Trump's campaign and presidency fed. Prosecutors have issued a subpoena for documents from his inaugural committee. Here's our Jackie Quinn. The Trump inaugural committee, which was headed up by longtime Trump supporter real estate investor. Tom barrack says it will cooperate with federal inquiry into donations received vendor payments and Eddie benefits than donors might have gotten in exchange for a contribution. Which the New York Times says includes things like tickets and photos with the president barrack tells the Associated Press he was questioned by special counsel, Robert Muller in two thousand seventeen and says he was told he's not a target AP. Correspondent Jackie Quinn. Washington as Virginia governor Ralph Northam fights calls for him to resign over a yearbook page, featuring a racist photo a woman who accused the state's Lieutenant governor of sexual assault is consulting now with a law firm democratic Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax strongly denies the allegations. This is a P radio news. Are Matt small has more on the allegations against Virginia Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax as Virginia's Lieutenant governor just in. Fairfax is next in line. If current embattled governor Ralph northern steps down, but the thirty nine year old African American democrat is facing a battle of his own. He strongly denying an allegation of sexual assault. That was initially circulated on a conservative website fact that they would run a story uncorroborated allegation. Fifteen years ago tells you exactly smear is all about the Washington Post says that it was approached by a woman back in twenty seventeen carefully investigated, but never published the accusation. I met small a man running on a trail near Fort Collins, Colorado fought off and killed a mountain lion that attacked him. He then hiked out of the area and drove himself to a hospital say authorities wildlife officers found the mountain lions body near some of the runners possessions. I'm Rita Foley. AP radio news. Space. Some regions are fast and empty other areas. We call closets. Fortunately, Kevin from the container store has answers. Right. Kevin. What gives you the power over space? I'd say alpha, customizable, closets with free, design and Elvis adjustable shelving and drawers, I can create space in any size closet. Kevin master of space and closets or just Kevin plus right now, save thirty percent on elfin installation and earn up to five hundred dollars in credit through February tenth at the container store where space comes from who wears that. Use it coming from the all new Toyota RAV four asks what if what if your ride was refined? Rugged at the same time. Introducing a car that's got style and substance to spare the all new wrath four limited featuring a sophisticated. Muscular new exterior and available options like premium JV allowed ecosystem and panoramic roof, the all new raft. Ford LTd, Toyota, let's go places JBL and clarifier registered trademarks of Harman international industries, Inc.
Democracy Now! 2019-02-04 Monday
"Uh-huh. Difficu- this is democracy. Now when I was confronted with the images yesterday. I was appalled that they appeared on my page. But I believe then. And now that I am not either of the people in that photo calls are mounting for democratic Virginia. Governor Ralph Northam to resign after a photo surfaced from his medical school yearbook page featuring a man wearing black face posing next to a man, wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit. We'll speak with Lamont bag be Virginia state delegate chair of the junior legislative black caucus and Reverend Kevin Chandler Virginia. State conference president of the end AA C P, then to Princeton, professor railing Barnes about the troubling history behind Ralf north black face clan photo. She's the author of the forthcoming book, Dr college when the americ-. Dream war. Black face a lot of Americans, especially white Americans feel that black faces and knock you ass- not harmful. But African Americans. This is a really important issue and protests erupt after more than sixteen hundred prisoners have Brooklyn New York federal detention center were forced to endure. Freezing temperatures during last week's polar vortex with no heat. No light. No hot water for showers and no hot meals being in the dark when the weather is plummeting. And they were saying the inside it's according to accounts from people that were inside that it was like thirty degrees indoors. It was great Chuck Schumer, Kristen Jubran would've showed up or even has some kind of a presence here. But that's not the case. So. You know, things like this will continue to go on it. So people speak up about days of protests officials say electric is your stored, but many cells still lacked Keat, we'll speak with Brad. Lander city council member who went inside to speak with the fficials and prisoners all that and more coming up. Welcome to democracy now democracy now dot org. The Warren peace report, I made me Goodman calls are mounting for democratic Virginia. Governor route north to resign after a photo surfaced from his medical school book medical school yearbook page showing a man wearing black face posing next to a man in a Ku Klux Klan outfit on Friday. North apologize for the photo in his nineteen Eighty-four eastern Virginia medical school yearbook but walked back his statements the following day in a news conference claiming neither of the men in the photo were him. Although he did admit to using black face to portray Michael Jackson at a dance. Contest on Saturday. Protesters gathered near the Virginia governor's mansion calling for north resignation. Space codified, the love debt created slavery. Put us in a brutal system that we're still struggling to get out from under today, we're here because history of Jim crow is obviously still alive and up into governor. North met with senior staff Sunday night to discuss possible next steps including resignation if the governor steps down Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax would fill the seat and become the only current African American governor in the United States will have more on the story after headlines. President Trump said Sunday sending you as -sition leader one Guido calling him a young and energetic, gentlemen and said the events unfolding in Venezuela. Our democracy in action the US said Saturday at sending humanitarian aid to Venezuela in response to a request from Guadagno who's proclaimed himself. President the arrival of USA will likely set up a test for the Venezuelan military, which will have to decide whether to allow supplies to enter Venezuela. The military's continued to support President Nicolas Maduro, however on Saturday air force general Francisco Janas as defected and pledged loyalty to Widodo meanwhile in. Ultimatum issued by Britain, France, Germany and Spain from Madurai toe to call new presidential elections expired Sunday in the capital dacas thousands participated in competing protests at a pro Madore protests. The president called on Melissa members to join the Venezuelan army on Saturday Madonna called for early elections in the national assembly once again warned against foreign military intervention. Step forward, abandoned, interventionism Yankee imperialism stop calling for war. Stop calling for Yankee military intervention of the country. Stop supporting coup that has already failed Canada is hosting a meeting of the Lima group today, Canada and the Lima group minus Mexico say they recognize opposition later one Guido as president during his CBS interviews Sunday. President Trump confirmed his plans to withdraw US troops from Syria after Senate Republicans last week rebuked move saying the Slavic state is still a threat in the region. Trump also said he wants to maintain a US military presence in Iraq to monitor Iran. I want to do is be able to watch. We have an unbelievable and expensive military base spilt in Iraq. It's perfectly situated for looking at all over different parts of the troubled Middle East when asked about the government funding Bill currently being negotiated before. February fifteenth headline Trump did not rule out shutting down the government. Again. If no satisfactory deal is made on Friday, Trump told reporters a good chance. He would call a national emergency to get around congress. Despite reports that Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell warned Trump, the move with split the Republican party and prompt resolution disapproving the emergency declaration. Meanwhile, the Pentagon confirmed Sunday at sending three thousand seven hundred fifty more troops to the US Mexico border for a period of ninety days and move announced by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan last week in El Salvador Naib Kelly was elected president Sunday handily. Defeating his opponents from the two main parties that have dominated El Salvador's political scene for over a quarter a century Kelly who has been dubbed a social media stars of Palestinian heritage thirty seven year old former mayor of sunset door beat out candidates from the white ring nationals publican alliance and the left is far into Martine front for national liberation or FMLN Kelly joined the conservative grand alliance for national unity or Ghana after being expelled from the Fhimah Lennon two thousand seventeen ran on an anti corruption platform to US attorneys and two journalists who have been working with members of the Central American caravan in Mexico have been removed from Mexico after their passports were flagged, it's unknown where the orders to restrict their travel came from Norah Phillips and Erica Pineyro our attorneys with a low Tra LA though and migrant rights group that in two thousand seventeen lawsuit accusing customs and border protection of depriving asylum seekers access to the asylum. In a tweet. The American immigration lawyers association said it's urging congress to conduct a thorough and immediate investigation into their removal 's in Iraq, and or motorcyclist shocked at rocky novelist, Allah Massu in the city of Karbala on Saturday, the fifty year old author and poet was heading home when the shooting happened. According to police mushoo was an outspoken critic of foreign intervention in Iraq, radicalism and corruption Iraq's writers union blame the Iraqi government for failing to protect public intellectuals. No group has claimed responsibility for the murder. Amnesty International said on Friday. The group Boko haram killed at least sixty people last week in attack on the northeastern border town of ran in Nigeria. Witnesses told I'm gonna stay Nigerian military left the area the day before the attack leading to an exodus of residents who feared attacks by Boko haram. The UN says tens of thousands of Nigerians fled to neighboring Cameroon in January Boca. Haram attacked ran earlier in January killing fourteen people Russian president flooding. Putin responded to the US withdraw from the nineteen eighty-seven intermediate range nuclear forces treaty by saying Russia to is suspending its commitment to the landmark agreement. We will provide a mirror like response. The American partners have declared that they suspend the participation in the deal. We are suspending it as well. They have announced that they will engage in research and development programs. We will do the same peace prize recipient international campaign to abolish nuclear weapons tweeted Friday by pulling out of the f the US waves. The start flag for a new nuclear arms race in proves. There's no such thing as a responsible nuclear armed state. This is why we need to end all nuclear weapon states must join the nuclear van treaty. They tweeted at least sixty at least twenty nine children and babies have died on the way to a camp for displaced people in northeastern Syria since early December, according to the United Nations, the primary causes of the deaths are nourishment and hypothermia the UN said Friday at asked the US back Syrian democratic forces to provide a safe transit site for civilians fleeing violence. In the area. They said over twenty three thousand people of fled to the camp in the past two months. Vice media announced Friday, it's laying off ten percent of its staff or two hundred fifty employees and latest cut to newsrooms around the country, which is affected at least two thousand people since the start of the year. Also Friday reports emerged of cuts at McClatchy with the company reportedly offering buyouts to ten percent of its workers in late January BuzzFeed Heff, posting Gannett which owns over one thousand publications across the country. Also announced layoffs with around fourteen hundred people losing their jobs on Friday, Taiwanese electrics, manufacturer Foxconn, walk back reports it's recognizing a plan to build flat screen, TV panels at Wisconsin plant Terry that chairman of Foxconn said he spoke to President Trump and confirmed plans to go ahead with the construction the factory the comments contradicted, Thursdays report that said the facility will focus on research and development rather than manufacturing in two thousand seventeen Wisconsin governor. Scott Walker who was defeated in the midterm elections offered Foxconn three billion dollars in state and local tax credits, which has since balloon to four billion dollars while the tech giant promised to create thirteen thousand jobs twenty twenty democratic presidential hopeful Senator Elizabeth Warren apologized to the Cherokee nation for taking DNA tests to demonstrate her native American ancestry, a spokesperson for the Cherokee nation told the intercept Warren privately apologized to the nation last week Warren came under fire for the widely publicized release of the DNA test in October, which was accompanied by video claiming strong evidence of partial native American lineage and her family tree in response. Chuck Hoskin junior of the Cherokee nation said using DNA tests to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee nation or any travel nation, even vaguely an appropriate and wrong, unquote. Senator Warren who announced a New Year's Eve, she is setting up a presidential exploratory committee as expected to formally announce her run later this week. Hawaii Democratic Congress member Tulsi Gabbard officially launched her twenty twenty presidential run Saturday. I will bring this soul soldiers principles to the White House, restoring the values of dignity, honor and respect to the presidency and above all else. Love for our people and love for our country. Congressman Gabbard has supported progressive legislation including backing Medicare for all in a green new deal in two thousand sixteen. The Iraq war veteran quit as Democratic National Committee vice chair and threw her support behind Senator Bernie Sanders run for president. She says her candidacy will center on Warren peace, and we'll focus on the US's foreign wars, though, some on the left of criticized some of her foreign policy views, including her relationship with India's ruling far-right BJP party and prime minister Narendra Modi last month. Gabbard apologize for past derogatory statements about the OJ BT Q community and in New York. Protesters rallied throughout the weekend at the metropolitan. Tension center in Brooklyn. We're more than sixteen hundred prisoners were forced to endure freezing temperatures during last week's polar vortex with no heat, no light. And no hot water about six thirty pm. Sunday officials said electricity was stored, but many cells still lack heat will have more on this story later in the broadcast, and those are some of the headlines, this is democracy. Now democracy now dot or the Warren peach report, I'm Amy Goodman calls or mounting for democratic Virginia. Governor Ralph north to resign after a photo surface from his medical school yearbook page showing a man wearing black face posing next to a man wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit on Friday, north apologized for the photo in his nineteen Eighty-four eastern Virginia medical school yearbook page. That photo and the racist and offensive attitude represents does not reflect that person. I am today or the way that I have conducted myself as soldier a doctor and a public servant. I'm deeply sorry. I cannot change the decision. I made nor can I undo the harm my behavior calls then and today, but I set responsibility for my past actions. And I'm ready to do the hard work of regaining your trust. However on Saturday governor north them, reverse course, enduring news conference claimed neither of the men in the race. This year book photo were him and initially thought north them also resisted growing calls for his resignation. This is them speaking at the news conference Saturday. It was offensive racist. And the spectacle. When my staff showed me the photo in question yesterday. I was seeing it for the first time I did not purchase the EVS yearbook. And I was unaware of what was all my page when I was confronted with the images yesterday. I was appalled that they appeared on my page. But I believe then. And now that I am not either of the people in that photo during that same news conference governor north and admitted to a separate instance of wearing black face. He admitted he darkened his face to imitate. Michael Jackson in nineteen Eighty-four dance. Contest. Meanwhile, a separate nineteen Eighty-one yearbook. From the Virginia Military institute has surfaced revealing north which known by the racist nickname Koon man as an undergraduate student there north has denied widespread use of the nickname, climbing tooled or boys cold in the name for reasons. He didn't understand the controversy is sparked public outrage in Kohl's across the aisle for north immediate resignation on Saturday democratic house speaker. Nancy Pelosi said north should step down. So for Jinya could heal and move forward. Nearly every declared democratic presidential contender in the twenty twenty race has also called for north to resign. As has the end AA CPI and the Virginia legislative black caucus on Sunday evening, north in reportedly convened, an impromptu senior staff meeting head of the Super Bowl to gauge support from staffers continued leadership Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax was reportedly not in attendance. Fairfax is next in line to become governor of of Virginia. If north them resigns when sworn into office last year. Fairfax reportedly had in his pocket, the document that emancipated his great great, great grandfather from slavery. If their facts were to become governor. He would be the only African American governor in the country for more. We're joined in Richmond Virginia. By Lamont bag chair of the Virginia legislative black caucus. We welcome you to democracy now. Thanks so much for joining us. Governor north them cold you on Friday is that right to have a meeting to decide what to do before. He changed his story on Saturday. Tell us what who he met with in that meeting and what he told you. Was a meeting that we both decided we needed to have in that meeting took tin ten of Virginia legislative black caucus colleagues. And we talked to the governor directly. It was it was a bit of an emotional conversation. We got a little bit more insight everything that the public in Virginia have heard the far he laid out on the table. We have returned to the capital and caucus Blackhawks in came to the conclusion that governor north connect continue as the top elected official income with gene, we return to the to the governor, and expressed that we thought it was in the best interest of the comma will. And I thought he agreed that it was in the best interest of the Commonwealth. And for an order fuss. Start the healing process. The he step aside and allow us to turn a corner. Can you describe your response to what happened on Saturday by then the Virginia legislative black caucus, which you lead? Had said he should resign. But then he holds this news conference. Yes. And we were beginning to hear the rumors about him net resenting, and I was attributing that to him getting his ducks in order preparing for his his transition. But then once we saw the press conference, I think all of us were disappointed in that price conference in the communications that came out from that press conference. I think the governor missed the Mark on that one. One of the few people who had come out kind of in support for north is former Virginia Democratic Congress member, Jim Moran. Speaking on ABC's this week. Miranda fended north record and said he should be given a chance to redeem himself has expanded Medicaid to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians. A disproportionate number of whom are African Americans. He has promoted the career of his very talented, Lieutenant governor and every possible way he's invested in better pre-schools, and and public schools, and minority neighborhoods. So we know what he has done as governor. But even if the worst case scenario is true, George, I think there is an issue of redemption. Retention is a very powerful factor in what people are able to accomplish. Ralph understands the endemic racism that has. Has been part of Jinya society for so long. It was four hundred years ago to this year when the first African Americans were brought his slaves to point comfort that now if what Monroe and he understands that legacy better than many people are able to I think we ought to give him an opportunity. So that's congressman Jim Moran. Your response you to delegate Lamont bagging. You have been a longtime supporter of north them. While he's been governor. So as I did yesterday, right after Jim Moran may statement statements. I wanna make it very clear that Justin. Fairfax was promoted by Ralph Northam, Justin. Fairfax not Lieutenant governor because Ralph Novum selected him love Ralph. But just in. Fairfax is Lieutenant governor and has been successful Lieutenant governor because of Justin Fairfax, and can you tell us a little doubt who Justin Fairfax is remarkable moment when a sworn in as Lieutenant governor, and he's a has in his pocket. The emancipation papers of his great great. Great grandfather. Justify is prepared to leave. He's not perfect. He's a Duke blue devils fan, but just in Fairfax is prepared to lead. And I don't want to say that we're gonna throw Ralph out. Ralph Northam has an opportunity to still contribute to the Commonwealth of genius in some of the factors that he's already done. So he can he will. I would imagine go back to seeing patients he will have a voice in the comma, well particular as relates to reconciliation, redemption. And in race relations think he has he will have an opportunity to have allowed was I just don't believe he has opportunity to continue as. The highest ranking elected official in Commonwealth with all the history and the revelations. From friday. Last month for the second year in a row, Ken, Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax, sow doubt sat out a session of the Virginia Senate over which he presides as the body as the body honored confederate general Robert Lee, Fairfax tweeted history repeats itself, I will be stepping off the day today in protest of the Virginia. Senate honoring Robert Lee, I'll be thinking of this June fifth seventeen ninety eight menu mission document that freed my great great. Great grandfather, Simon Fairfax from slavery in Virginia hashtag we rise together. Fairfax had those emancipation papers in his pocket when he was sworn in talk about that scene. And what that was all about. Well, it Australia who the main just axes also wanna make sure that we make very clear Ralph north them just in Fairfax, the black caucus the house caucus, both as the Al have worked together to make to make sure that the most vulnerable of our citizens received the services and equity and adjusted that they deserve just for. At around one o'clock, I gave a floor speech that shared that the Virginia legislative black caucus as no permanent friends, no permanent enemies, only permanent interest. And over the time. We have worked with Ralph north the main just in Fairfax in inches of those most vulnerable individuals in every corner of the Commonwealth. And so we don't want to discount the work that either them have done, but just as as we say, no, permanent enemies, no permanent Frayn's only permanent inches that was challenged on Friday when we had these revelations, and we had to go to Adia frame, the governor of the Commonwealth graph north and actually him to step aside, the work. What is your understanding of the meeting last night, the emergency meeting that governor northbound call his staff? I'm going to be Frank with you. I decided I was going to take a break pair for your show your show and watch Super Bowl. And so after that I went to bed, and we prepared the caucus just after I come off with you, medifast my Jane legislative black caucus members are waiting for me. And then we will go into the democratic caucus house caucus meeting, and then we will go onto the floor. And this is the day before crossover for those individuals that are familiar with crossover in the state of Virginia with Virginia. This is a day where house bills go to the Senate and Senate bills go into the house one of the business days of ashen. And so we have to be mindful that we were sent here to do the work and then southwest to be recommitted to doing the work. Well, the not being thank you so much for being with us chair of the Virginia legislative black caucus. When we come back. We go. Durham North Carolina where we joined by Reverend Kevin Chandler, president of the Virginia state conference of the N W C P stay with us. To give you the. Sleet. Women. Never go back by birds of Chicago. This is democracy now democracy now or the Warren peach report, I mean, he could minutes we continue to look at calls for democratic Virginia. Governor north to resign after a photo surfaced on his nineteen Eighty-four eastern Virginia medical school yearbook page showing a man wearing black face posing next to a man wearing Ku Klux Klan outfit, north apologize for the photo Friday. But then walked back statement Saturday during a news conference claiming neither of the men in the photo were him though. He did admit to using black face to portray Michael Jackson at a dance contest in Durham, North Carolina. We're joined by Reverend Kevin Chandler, president of the Virginia state conference of the end up Lacey. Pe- the end early on came out for the resignation of governor of governor north on Friday. I of African American history month when the picture first emerged and when at the time. Reverend Chandler governor north them admitted the picture said this was a picture of him not clear which one it was the KKK guy or the guy in black face. But then the next day held a news conference where he said it wasn't him. Although he had a Warren black face before impersonating. Michael Jackson in dance. Contest Reverend Chandler. What are you calling for now? Virginia state conference in a CPI is calling in demanding for route north to step down as the governor Virginia. Talk about why want this to happen? Now in what you understand the governor will do he did hold a meeting last night with his staff weighing. Weighing? That he would step down as governor. Although he said the day before he wouldn't. Yes. So on Friday evening prior to the governor going on a national television to apologize. He gave me a call just as he's done before. And the governor was very apologetic. And what it taken place? He stated that that that day was the worst day of his career in office. And he wanted to reach out to me prior to him going on live television. And what did he say you, and what did you say to him? I told him I could understand where he felt that. This was the worst day, and I heard him, and I felt his apology was sincere genuine and so on Saturday morning when I heard of the press conference. Virginia state conference CPA executive committee was actually in session. We were having a quarterly meeting and we were expecting. The governor to resign at that time and later on finding out that that was not the case. And now he was denying that it was him. And so his his apology. In some ways was invalid when he called me on on Friday because his apology once again, as I said, it was once before I received a call from the governor any apologized of him just recently in Halloween, some three months ago dressing up as a former governor and slave owner. And so in him apologizing for that. And hearing him say that that he is a better man than back in nineteen eighty four. When the pictures were bear in his yearbook. I can't see where it is that he is changed. If he doesn't really have a connection with the hurt that all of the racism and someone dressing in black face is not accepted at anytime. And at twenty five years old, I'm sure that he should have known better even with a picture being beside someone in klu Klux Klan vere. Uniform is just unacceptable. I'd like to go back to north news conference on Saturday when he was asked about his high school nickname, quote, Kuna, man, my main nickname in high school, and in college was goods because when my voice was changed, and I would change an octave. There were two individuals as best I can relax at via. My they were a year ahead of me that called me Coon, man, I don't know their motives are intent I know who they are. But that was the extent of that. And it ended up in the yearbook, and I regret that Reverend Kevin Chandler your response. I understand him being regretful of that. But in saying that he doesn't know why they call them that also the have that being printed in material under his his picture. You know, I don't think I would have anything such as that. If I did not understand what it meant. So he doesn't know why he was called that he doesn't remember to the best of his ability the photograph, which is why he said if you could explain on Friday, he thought the photograph was of him not clear if the men in black face or the Ku Klux Klan regalia and the next day said, no, he's pretty sure it's not him though. He does remember this time of dancing is Michael Jackson, amazingly when someone asked him to do the moonwalk he looked like he was finding some space for it until his wife behind him said that's inappropriate. Yes. And I was so glad that he did not do that. Because again, he in some way does not connect with the hurt and the racism and how it affects citizens of Virginia. And so in him saying he does not see how this is a -fensive even in dressing up Michael Jackson and putting on a little bit of shoe polish. In black face black faces black face, and again, it should not be accepted condone at anytime. Finally, this is the four hundred anniversary Reverend Kevin Chandler of inflamed. Africans being I brought to Jamestown. Can you talk about the significance of this for Virginia? And what it would mean if the Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax becomes governor? The only black governor in the country. It is a time of Virginia getting past the hurtful history in which it it has. And when we via with this racism, whether it be Charlottesville, whether it be photos in the yearbook, whether it be. EMT worker in Patrick county. Ten not happen. And we as citizens in two thousand nineteen should be beyond this. This thing of racism, although Virginia has a history we cannot deny that history. But we don't need to continue to relive that. And so. Lieutenant governor just in Fairfax spoke volumes in where it was. He sat out he was there by himself and just seeing that picture of him sitting there by himself, the Virginia say conference as he becomes the governor. We can we will stand beside him in the efforts of moving Virginia forward and healing. And so the main focus should be healing. I think that Ralph north should also consider Virginians and step down step aside. And in the Lao Virginia to move forward and heal and as I heard delegate bag say there's a lot of work that has to be done. And with this hanging over Virginia. I think that it's continuing to hinder the process of the great work that needs to be refuses to step down, which she might by the time. Some people watch this broadcast or listen to it or read it, do you think the low Virginia legislature should impatient? I think that big if stated that that's the process in what they are planning to do. I do agree with that again because he has betrayed the trust of Virginians is betrayed the trust of so many on his side even the party in again. This is not a party issue. But he has to work with the Democratic Party has to work with the Republican party, and many have stated loudly that he should step aside. And so as a person, I think that he is able to redeem himself, but as the governor, I don't forsee him being able to the business of the leadership of Regina. We're having Kevin Chandler. Thanks so much for joining us from Durham, North Carolina. President of the Virginia state conference of the end of Lacey pe-, this is democracy. Now. I'm Amy Goodman is we turn. To discuss the history behind calls for democratic Virginia. Governor Ralph Northam to resign after the photo surfaced in nineteen Eighty-four eastern Virginia medical school yearbook page showing man wearing black face next to a man in Ku Klux Klan regalia north apologized for the photo Friday, then the next day at a news conference. He walked back. His statements and said neither of the men in the photo were him. The photo north is facing backlash for is not the only racist image in the yearbook the annual yearbook. Also features an image of white men in a wig dress and black face the photos, caption reads, baby love, whoever thought Diana Ross would make it to medical school on quote another photo in the medical school yearbook shows three men in black face. Well for more. We're joined in our New York studio by railing Barnes assistant, professor of American cultural history. Princeton University author of the forthcoming book, Dr college when the American dream were black face. She's just written a. Piece for the Washington Post headline that troubling history behind Ralf northbound's black face clan photo. Welcome to democracy now. Professor Barnes, describe your reaction. First day of black history month was Friday. That's the day. The photo appears. Talk about put that photo your sponsor governor north them whether he should resign. And then the history of the use of black face. Thank you for having me here this morning, aiming because I think it's really important that we talk about this longer history. Most Americans feel very uncomfortable when they see these photographs, but the aren't really able to articulate why they know that this is wrong somehow, but they don't understand the longer history. And ironically, this is a blowback from civil rights victory. What I mean by that is immature black face minstrel. See was the number one entertainment form throughout the nineteenth century and the twentieth century. Black face was used in schools. It was federalized by the US government. The works progress administration during the great depression during World War Two every American soldier was given a handbook about how to perform Stephen foster music, and it was really seen as a celebrate Ori forum to understand American culture. It was a way to articulate patriotism, but also obviously performed very grotesque representations of African Americans. So when I saw the photograph I wasn't initially surprised because millions of Americans were taught for most of the twentieth century that this was a positive thing. However that photograph was in nineteen Eighty-four, which was substantially after the civil rights movement. And one thing that I think it's really important to say during black history month is that we're focusing so much on the governor. But this story part of why it's shocking is because every day black mothers during the civil rights movement in the nineteen fifties. The nineteen sixties fought to shut down black face and said, this is unacceptable. They worked with the end of the Lacey pe- and said, we need to outlaw this that it's no longer in our schools, it's no longer in government spaces. And there was a lot of pushback to these black mothers, especially from the men in the civil rights movement. Who said we need to focus on voting rights. We need to focus on anti lynching, and these black mothers said, no, my son was lynched because of these stereotypes because of these grotesque representations that objectify African Americans. This is the thing. The thing the seat of the seed that allows racism to to thrive in America, and it needs to be stopped and they were successful. And so because of that success black bass has become so taboo that most Americans don't know the through line of how and why these stereotypes were transmitted to us. But we all know the song extol Susanna, and we know the joke. Why did the chicken cross the road and those are central to the history of black fakes fine. So Stephen foster was the number one. Composer really of the nineteenth century, and he wrote for the Virginia minstrels and a lot of the classic American songs that are in public domain cap town races. Oh suzanna. These songs are songs that we sing in pre-schools the background to a lot of cartoons Warner Brothers. But they're hyper violent if you look at the lyric. So Susannah is actually song about an African American slave who is separated from his family forcibly in the internal slave market desperately trying to get back to his family, and we think of it as this western song or a piece of classic Americana that every American should know, and that's really coming out of this idea in the mid twentieth century that black face was sort of the Pitney of American culture that every American to know, which is why people of a certain generation are quite confused by the backlash now by younger generations and also people who were racially conscious since the sixties after the civil rights movement because they were really taught to believe that. This was an accurate representation of African American life. When it's actually the opposite. Professor Barnes talk about the difference in reaction to black face of African Americans for many white Americans. Sure. So we've seen even recently. The Megan Kelly issue where she sort of said, I grew up with this, and it was positive, and I don't understand the issue and a lot of white Americans feel that way who came of age in a moment where this was seen as completely acceptable. What I mean by that for let me let me stop you for second because I have this clip and Tober former Fox News and NBC journalists Megan Kelly, sparking outrage when she defended white people using black faces part of Halloween, costumes. This is Meghan Kelly questioning why black faces considered racist during a discussion with an all white panel on her morning show. Megan Kelly today was racist. Because you do get in trouble. If you are a white person who puts on the or. Black person who puts on Whiteface Halloween. Like, I was a kid. That was okay. As long as you addressing character. There was a controversy on the real housewives of New York with Luan and she dresses, Diana Ross, and she made her skin look darker than it really is. And people said that that was racist. And I don't know I felt like kudos love Diana Ross. She wants to look Diana Ross for one day. And I don't know how that got racist on Halloween. Nagin Kelly later apologized for the comments amidst intense backlash included from NBC colleague at Roker, and she eventually which pushed out of NBC but expand on that, professor points. Yeah. So one thing I think it's really important understand is block as has been intimately linked to every major form of American culture. Which is why someone like Megan Kelly thinks that this is a knock you ass-. So for example, the first major film birth of a nation silent film, the first talkie, the jazz singer a black face film. The first cartoon was synchronized sounds deem boat Willie. Mickey Mouse, all of that is happening to Stephen foster songs and. Pretty pretty horrific references to minstrel. And so we see over and over and over again that advancements in American culture, and technology are linked to black face in a way that makes it celebrated and so by the time, you get to someone like Meghan Kelly. You might have somebody who's great grandparents grandparents, and parents were all raised to believe that this is an accurate representation of African American life and that by donating black face, you are appreciating someone she talked about Diana Ross. But what I want to say here is there is a massive difference between watching something and in consuming, it passably and physically painting your face learning how to walk stir typically speaking in dialect and imitating African Americans in a way that is very -fensive. My book titled archaeology is a reference to a common phrase that was used an amateur how to block face guides, which is Dirk is the act of learning. To represent African Americans in a way that is stereotypical comical. And it was always mean it always always meant as a way to demean African Americans. And I think we can't lose that the fact that these were comedy shows. And so these are things that were always intended to make fun of African Americans not honor them. I want to go back to governor rough Martha press conference he said he had a clear memory of not appearing in the yearbook picture and black face because well, he had put on black face on another occasion. When he was dressing. This Michael Jackson did not appear in this photo. I am not surprised, but it's appearance in the VM s yearbook in the place and time where I grew many actions that we rightfully recognize as horn today, we're coming place, my belief that I did not wear that costume or attend that party stems in part from my clear memory of other mistakes. I made in the same period of my life. That same year did participate in dance contest in San Antonio in which I darkened my face as part of a Michael Jackson costume. I look back now and regret that I did not understand the harmful legacy of an action. Like that it is because my memory of that episode is so vivid that I truly did not believe I'm into picture my yearbook. You remember these things head the shoes I had a glove, and I used us a little bit of shoe polish to put under my all, my cheeks, and the reason I used a very little bit is because I don't know if anybody's ever tried that, but you cannot get shoe polish off. But but it was a it was a dance contest. I had always like Michael Jackson. I actually won the contest because I had learned how to do the moon wall. So that's governor north them ever porter. Then asked ten if he could do the moonwalk. Yes. That's right. Appropriate. My wife says inappropriate circumstances. So he looked around to see fear were space for him to do the moonwalk. But then his wife the first lady Virginia suggested he shouldn't Ray Lynn Barnes. Yeah. So obviously, this was pretty disgusting. He clearly has not learned the depth of the racism that he actually is embodying when he does these these forms. But I think it's important to say while this news conference was going on. I had hundreds literally hundreds of Americans who wrote to me on my Email account at Princeton University who are saying I feel so ashamed that I feel so guilty because when I was a child I had to put I had to participate in a block basements ratio when I was in elementary school, or when I was in junior high or my mother did this my grandfather did this, and I found the photos when I was cleaning out my attic, and I've cataloged over ten thousand black face plays that were circulated throughout the twentieth century for everyday Americans. And so I have sort of two messages, the first is to everyday Americans, you can grow, and you can learn from this moment, and if you are required to do these in school sort of just the height of white supremacy. And it shows you how systemic this was, but it's different for the governor. The governor represents the people of Virginia. There are twenty percent. Of the Virginia population who are African American and every American deserves to believe that their leader can look at them and feel their empathy fit empathetic about their life. They want to see themselves in their leaders. You want to believe that if there's a natural disaster or a catastrophe in your impacted that your governor is going to see you as a human being. But because black faces about ridicule and humiliation then to Boise to call it a thing apart it makes African-Americans thing apart from American civilization. And that's really why the governor should resign. And if he doesn't I grew up in the state of California, we had a recall election, the people over Jinya have the power they are the people they should stand up. And if they want him gone, they should work to do that Ryland Barnes wanna thank you for being with us assistant, professor of American cultural history, Princeton University, author of the forthcoming book dark college when the American dream wore black face and. We'll linked to your piece in the Washington Post. The troubling history behind Ralph Northam black face clan photo says democracy now when we come back well for people who experience the polar vortex. You know, how cold it was imagine being imprisoned and the jail, you're in has no electricity or heat well prisoners in Brooklyn, New York didn't have to imagine that they experienced it. Stay with us. Love at the gate Reverend belly in the stop shopping choir. This is democracy now. I'm Amy Goodman. We end today show here in New York. We're more than sixteen hundred prisoners at a Brooklyn federal detention center were forced to endure. Freezing temperatures during last week's polar vortex with no heat. No, light, no water for showers. No hot meals. Demonstrators rallied throughout the weekend to protest the conditions at metropolitan detention center, which is run by the bureau of prisons. He issues at the facility have been ongoing officials said the electricity problem was caused in part by a fire the previous week, and that the jail had switched over to emergency power legal aid society said it wrote to the jail's warden as early as January twenty second to demand be restored before temperatures arrive that were quote dangerous to human life. As the news of the condition. Spread. Crowds of protesters gathered outside the prison known as MDC prisoners communicated with them by banging on the jail windows on Sunday afternoon. Some of the protesters, including family. Members of those incarcerated where pepper sprayed by guards democracy. Now is there and spoke to family members activists including women's March co-chair, Linda Sarsour. That we were here for you. The back of his organizers and family members have actually been out here since yesterday many of us left overnight year on the ground here in front of MDC. We have been figuring out communication system that works really well with the incarcerated brothers that are inside we ask them questions. And they answer by banging on the windows. And it's been in unison literally like, yes. Yes. Everybody's yes. If it's no, no. And the fact that they're not in the same cells to go then can answer questions makes us believe that what they are telling us is to be true. We just watched some incarcerated folks actually recognize their families voices and started talking to us to a different area of here. We have videos of people talking to their moms. I hear you mom. I see you mom. It was really heartbreaking to watch people to talk to their family members were not wearing shirts. And we don't have heat inside one of the mothers went to confirm that that was her son who was talking to her and there without a shirt, she went inside with some folks next thing, you know, the CEO's started beating people up and throw. When people on the floor, pepper, spraying, the mom and all the people the media. They were picked up cameras and then throwing them out. People falling down the stairs. It was really horrible to watch it happen. And all the mom wanted to do is go into confirm if that was her son's speaking to her from this other designated area that we don't even know what this area is. He was climbing up on the the window. It's horrible the ward and has been not responsive yesterday. The mayor's office delivered trucks of blankets for everyone generators, and they lawyers from federal defenders one inside. To see their clients and ask them. Did. You get blankets. Nobleman gets. None of these people have gotten blankets. Yesterday told us that six o'clock is when they got their first meal of the day. They're not getting hot meals. They don't have hot water. I mean, this is inhumane. It's cruel. There are people in there who have asthma who are not able to use realize people who have sleep apnea machines who are not able to have those apnea machines during the night, which means that they are at high risk of stroke. There are people with diabetes at are in their older folks in there people who need medication who have not had any access to medical care. I mean, this is outrageous and the issues the families, you don't even know if you family members allied station here. Was it in New York City councilmember Jimani Williams regard urgency of any? Things happen emergencies happen, but you have a. They had. No. And didn't see the kid. We have what's going? He puffy regulated the war that the contractor and went home. What are you talking about getting another contract and get fixed? Would not see the blankets and the generator. The office of imagine the city was not accepting. No excuse he said we getting maybe we will now because it wasn't emergency. It wasn't emergency on Sunday when it happened. What? What's happening? The microcosm of this country. Man in the why? The people continued to all. Don't even know what it kids separated from the core. Melania too. That's why they lost the majority of people here on Monday. Even the one that the poor communities. So they don't care, but we are we gonna stay. Dissolve. Name's elizabeth. I'm here for my brother Jason who has been here at MDC for the past five years this condition with the heat is not new it happened last year. But fortunately for Jason he has family that sends him money. He can buy what he needs to layer up and have blankets and food and resources, I'm here because one I want my brother to know, I love him too. I do not want this problem to keep going on God forbid, if the temperatures plummet again, really worried about his health we contacted his attorney demanded that he find out what's going on. You know, this has been an ongoing issue that the power went out last year for like three or four days and that the heat went out three or four days last year, you know, so and it's discussing Nydia Velazquez came out. She was saying that they were wet mattresses from leaks in the ceiling and crumbling conditions in ceilings and things like that. It's just it's disgusting. And we can only imagine the vermin and the rodents and everything else, you know. So again, you know. Is discussing. But you know, this has restored my faith and humanity is really made me very proud to be New Yorker, no one wants to see any human being suffer, especially knowing what we know about sentencing extreme sentences, and and mistreatment of people, you know, as some so many people here haven't even really been convicted of anything not that that makes a difference. But they're just waiting because they're poor and they can't afford Bill. So it's unfortunate. But it is what it is. So, thankfully, nobody showed up them voices from the protest outside MDC metro detention center special. Thanks to Tamera Astra do and areo boon for that report around six thirty pm Sunday officials said electricity restored, but many cells still lack heat as protesters gathered outside many lawmakers toward the metropolitan detention center, one of them who is standing next to Johnny Williams. This city councilman who is speaking outside was Brad Lander in New York City council member he's with us. Now, we have very little time has electric been restored. Restored last night at six thirty about one full week still reporting they're freezing it's cold in that facility. It's going to take more changes to make it could there have been no plan with this polar vortex this week with people freezing sign for an emergency provisions when the power went off a week ago last Sunday, they did not act with any urgency that could had an emergency plan. If there been around the clock contractor in their power could have been back on Tuesdays federal prison mayor to Blasio's sent in hundreds of blankets. They didn't distribute them. There was just from the staff from the prison officials from the facilities manager no sense of urgency. No sense that there were human beings in those who had the right to talk to their families who needed light eating in the dark. They're they're they're toilets in their cells. They were in other couldn't shower for forty eight hours. Federal Bureau prisons Federal Bureau prisons now Jerry Nadler's has to dish eight. There was. Cami on Saturday and Sunday. And he says he is going to have hearings. Member Brad Lander. Thanks so much. I make good Goodman. Thanks for joining us.
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You know, it gives you a standup jobs outsider. Need to come in take charge. So I think we should start because a lot has happened in the course of like what one week she won ways. Right about this. Like, you run us through like what actually like leads us to this moment of dumpster fire that we are in so Virginia governor Ralph Northam somewhat recently made some comments about an abortion law that's being considered in the Virginia legislature. That got a lot of attention from conservatives the law. I don't know how much we want to go into the details. Basically it rolls back. Some of the abortion restrictions in the state, particularly for third term abortions. Which obviously are usually undertaken only in the most dire of circumstances. And I think it's fair to say the governor north of made some inelegant comments about the law, and some conservatives, basically construed as an endorsement of killing babies. President Trump actually made an allusion to during his state of the union address. And so I think that made a governor north sort of the the villain of the week for a lot of people in right wing media. And so some pictures began to surface from his medical school yearbook in nineteen Eighty-four that showed two people in one in black face and one dressed in KKK robes. And so that immediately became a story the Virginian pilot and the Washington Post got a hold of the yearbook as well. So we knew that this was real. And then that's kind of win thing started snowballing very quickly. I governor northbound said that sort of acknowledged that he was one of the people in the picture and apologized they're pretty rapidly a lot of calls for him to step down. And that was all that was last Friday when the pictures came out, and he initially apologized was last Friday by Saturday. He was actually walking back that apology saying he wasn't actually one of the people in the in the photo. And that he would not be stepping down. Anytime soon. And so that that was that was kind of the the launching point. And so he had a lot of national Democrats and Democrats in the state saying the north of needed step down for obvious reasons and waiting in the wings was Lieutenant governor Justin Fairfax who is black. I think it's worth noting. He had just gotten a lot of attention for sitting out a Robert E Lee tribute in the state Senate. And so there were a lot of you know, Tim Kaine Bernie Sanders, there are a lot of national Democrats who said north should step aside. We have Justin Fairfax readies step in. Well, then earlier this week. It was revealed that there had actually been sexual assault allegations made against Justin Fairfax in two thousand four a California professor named Vanessa Tyson has now came up come at came out with a full statement detailing an incident back then that Fairfax says he believes was consensual very clearly professor Tyson feels differently. And so that that immediately obviously started to complicate things because now you had the governor had pictures in his ear. Book and of people in black face and KKK robes his successor to be Justin. Fairfax now was facing sexual assault allegations third in line for the governor is Mark haring, the attorney general a lifelong kind of public servant, and then we found out yesterday morning that he had also had put on black face at one point in his life back in one thousand nine hundred and it wasn't discovered. He probably. Members there were rumors floating around the Virginia capital, and he proactively came out with a statement acknowledging that he too had worn the black face back in the nineteen eighties apologizing for it saying, it was a one time thing and that he recognized sort of how how bad that that was. And so now, we're in a written a position where all three of the top Democrats, the full kind of governor line of succession have either been implicated in wearing black face at one point in their life or sexually assaulting someone fourth in line for the governor is is the Republican House speaker Kirk Cox who is in that office only because during the two thousand seventeen elections the Virginia house was actually evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats when all was said and done on election day with one election still outstanding in that election was actually tied. And so to resolve that race they pull the name out of a bowl that name was the Republican candidate, which swung the majority in the house to the Republicans and may Kirk. Cox speaker of the house, so yeah, I think that that was my best run. That was really good. That was it's a mess. That's that's that's the tech away in the end. And what gets me is. It was also yesterday that it came out that the Republican head of the Virginia Senate. Yes, he was yearbook editor when of a yearbook in which that also apparently contained a great deal of black face in racist materials, though, he is claiming that you there were a bunch of people who are running as yearbooks. And he didn't really have anything to do with. It haven't figured out where he falls in the line of succession yai somewhere in there. Yeah. Just right above Jane. I again, I am rested. And ready. I j new wrote a really good piece today. Right black face and kind of its role in racism, right? Can you talk a little bit about you? And so I wrote a piece because I think that it's been interesting. How some conservatives have been thinking about this. Because obviously, there's kind of the ha ha. Democrats WPF response, which I think is an entirely logical one. When you watch an entire party, especially when northern was battling at Gillespie in two thousand seventeen a lot of that campaign had to do with race where there was an ad that was not from the northern campaign, but he accepted, I think as an in kind donation that featured a truck with Trump stuff like chasing down small minority children for north. And I think it was also interesting because north is in two thousand nine Republicans tried to get him to switch to being Republican. He voted for George W Bush twice, and it very much was north on at the time. Seeing kind of like what the tea leaves looked like and realizing that if Ed Gillespie who had basically, you know, Steve Bannon even said, the reason why Gillespie would win this election is because he's taken on the mantle of Trumpism because in order to get the Republican nomination. Ed Gillespie had beat Corey Stewart our favorite Neo confederate who then later ran for Senate and lost. But this was a campaign in which race played a really prominent role. It started out that that people thought that maybe they would talk about like taxation, and that was never going to happen. But so there was a lot of folks on the right who were like north. I'm made all these claims, but being this horrible racist. And it turns out that he were black face and the whole thing, and especially because then northbound gave a press conference last Saturday where he d- he said that he was not one of the two people in that picture, but he had done black face to impersonate, Michael Jackson, and then asked his wife like should I moonwalk and his wife, the real hero in the story said, no. But it's been interesting because I think that the idea of black face, first and foremost in my piece, I talked about how there's a piece of national review that said, you know, so many people have done blackface in various millions that to quote, unquote. Cancel all of them would. Would seem unworkable. And Secondly, I think that there were some who attempted to differentiate the algebra sin traditional, quote, unquote, style black face that is to some clearly more racist than for example in one of north owns yearbooks. There's also someone who is doing blackface to pretend to be Diana Ross, and then the quotas like did you ever think Diana Ross would make it to medical school, actually, Diana? Ross is older sibling did go to medical school. Just to be clear. But like that's different that like black faces imitation is perhaps less racist or not racist. There was just ignorant, and I made the point that no, it's absolutely racist. I mean, the chutzpah to believe that by putting on dark makeup or literal shoe polish in the case of wrath north who explained how he did this. Because men we are not sending our best apparently to the Virginia state house. But you know, the idea that you could put. Put on blackness in that sense or attempt to imitate specifically or use kind of someone's identity as a costume. And I think Djamil boo who's a calms note the near at times, he raised the point of blackface is traditionally been you people wore it, not only to insult African Americans. But to attempt to take part in what they believed the black experience was which is one of being like free and cool and interesting. And so even now when you see people wearing black face at like terrible college parties, it's always in this implication, you you can do this. And then you can just put away your responsibilities because now you can take on the mantle of this idea of blackness. It has nothing to do with black people because you are impersonating your own idea of what black people are like you are not impersonating an actual black person. Like, no one asks. And it was interesting also because. You hear some people making these shoes? Well, we thought it was. Okay, back then, and you I I raise the point like you thought it was okay. But African Americans never did Frederick Douglas spoke out against it in eighteen forty eight the N W C P suit went to federal court over Amos and Andy famous famous black minstrel radio show that was moving to television in nineteen fifty one. But, you know, understandably, both Frederick Douglass in the end up bliss EP had a lot of other things to do in eighteen forty eight in one thousand nine hundred fifty one relating to ending the second class stratification of African Americans in the states. And so this comes up sopr- feels like it comes up often not necessarily with politicians though. Now, we're starting the moment people were like, wait medical schools of yearbooks. Like, everybody's getting a apparently the yearbook looked at which my high school year because very boring and Michigan had college yearbooks. But I can't imagine wanting to look at a yearbook of a class of like three thousand people. The idea that this because it's so common that makes it less offensive doesn't make any sense. And the idea that like there's some sort of Grady Asians of face that some black faces more raised in some black faces less risk. And you there is such thing as being as racist. Ignorance there is such thing as racist. Stupidity. Not every work of racism is the type of racism that Saul you thousands of lynchings in the early twentieth century. Sometimes it's the kind of Lynch of racism that makes you believe that you could look like Diana Ross if you painted yourself with shoe polish we'll and as that relates to north on. I think what's been jarring here is like his win in twenty seventeen was abused with a lot of meaning raise. It was the first big election after Trump had come into office came shortly after the crisis in Charlottesville. Right. And so like, it was it was given a lot of like, hey in Ed Gillespie had run a pretty racially tinged campaign. To put it mildly. And so when he won I think it was taken by a lot of people as sort of this victory for kind of progressive values particularly on issues of race. And yet like north was always unlikely champion for those kind of values. I think there was a lot. There is a great deal of projection Jack election of just saying north as kind of the lodestar of Democrats taking back political power when you wrath northbound was not exactly Alexandria, Cossio Cortez throw like as I understand it. He for before Charlottesville. He had kind of waffled on the confederate monuments question. He had said that really should be more of a local issue. It was only after Charlottesville. They said like, well, we should probably put those statues in museums. Obviously he had things in his past that just yeah. Just made him an unlikely messenger that I think has made. That's what made has made this a lot more complicated. I think for a lot of people because yes, they imbued his victory with a lot of meaning that that he himself just as an individual as a politician. Early hadn't earned with his record and his family. And I think like with how this unfolded now leaves at this place that contractors on some of this stuff, you ringing up Jane about you, how come in this might have been in an era. And this of like, I feel like one refrain. I have seen out there in heard as like, well, if we start getting rid of everyone who did black face like who are we going to be left with us? I'm not going to be pimple who did not do blackface. I think there was a sleep piece that made the point that like Democrats should have no compunction whatsoever of like if you have done Blackfish or engaged in that kind of activity or if you are credibly accused of what Fairfax has been accused of. And I think that you're starting to see some conflict among women's groups on how much to confront him about that. But just like, oh, if we get rid of everyone who did blackface, and we'll have gotten rid of everyone apologists who did blackface. And I I'm not have yet. And I'm like, oh, unless officials and I. That it goes to this idea that being an elected official is not right. It is a like a privilege that is bestowed on a really small number of people like it is difficult to run for office at basically every level. You know, in DC if we wanted to run for ANC, I've I had a friend who did so energy our local teeny tiny tiny local government in which you have apparently very angry meetings with people, but even doing that it takes a level of decision making and a lot of effort and the idea that like if we get rid of all of these people who did this. Yes. And then we could replace them with people who didn't. And then that then we have all we can go back to like really big problems and not black face anything. 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So what has happened since you've seen the congressional delegation from Virginia, you know, come out saying he should reside using Terry McCullough, former democratic governor of Virginia a heavyweight and democratic politics saying that he should resign. Even with all that go. I think in a lot of ways in these situations. Parties can be pretty powerful in a way this. I this reminded me a lot of the Anthony Weiner scandal where he was really trying to hold on. And like it just became increasingly clear and snowballing as much as he fought it like he was not going to be able to stay in the house. I don't really know. How this plays out with north up? You know, it doesn't seem like there's actually much grounds for him to be impeached on at this point enj-. It raises an interesting question of is he going to whether this, and I think you actually do see a number of examples of governors people like. Mark Sanford, for example, in South Carolina being able to whether you know, I think that might be what's a little bit different about someone like Anthony Weiner, who's in congress who's serving as one of many versus someone who's at the very top of a state government seems to have more power to weather a storm like this one. And it doesn't seem totally implausible to me that he just might ride out this term, right? As governor that he might, you know, this black face thing. It's going to pass, and it'll just be out there. And we'll have a governor who serving in Virginia who who did this. And you know, that might be the case for everyone who's wrapped up in this at this point that we just kind of move onto the next thing, which seemed very very implausible. If you go back to you know, a week ago at the beginning of Dylan's time line will and that's where the sexual assault allegations against Fairfax and the of Neo Marquette zone black face scandal becomes so important. Because now you kind of have a question of raw power, right? Like Democrats are in isolation. It certainly. Seems like if we were you know, if Democrats were to apply, I think the rules that they would like to apply in these situations. Ralph Northam research should resign, Justin. Fairfax should resign. Marquette should resign. But then you're left with the very uncomfortable reality that that would hand over power of the Virginia state government to Republicans. And so I think that's where we've seen a lot of this waffling. And I think that has empowered north them to sort of hunker down in his office and and ride this out for a little while longer. Right. I it's interesting. I've seen kind of the same concerns about that that you saw a little bit in Alabama special election to replace former attorney general Jeff Sessions where there were credible allegations against ROY Moore. And you saw conservatives having this, you know, the literal back and forth of like I'm going to vote for Doug Jones, not because I like Doug Jones. But because the allegations against ROY Moore are so bad you of him going after teenage girls, essentially, and those are so bad. That I can live with changing the balance of power in the Senate somewhat. If it ensures ROY Moore is not Alabama state Senator. And then you saw other conservative saying like no jug Jones is pro choice. Doug Jones would be very bad for Alabama values and while ROY Moore it. Yeah. This is great. We there was a lot of again yearbooks came up a lot. You know? I I really thought that at some, you know, following high school that I would not ever need to think about yearbooks ever again. But apparently that was wrong. And so, you know, okay. You there there's some questions about the allegations against Moore. But overall, we should circle the wagons. And it goes to something that I'm interested in which both Democrats and Republicans think the other side always circles the wagons always protects the Rhone will only go after the opposition. And yet we see on, you know, in these two cases that that's not always entirely true. Whether or not that results in north. Getting kicked out of office or whether or not that resulted in that decision resulted in Doug Jones victory alternately because I think a lot of the pulling Alabama should a lot of Republicans. Just relax. I'm not doing this. I stay stayed home at didn't vote at all. But there's a lot more context and gray area within each political party when something like this happens because the balance of power matters. But also does the balance of morality, and we even saw that you with how. I know our colleague Laura Mcgann still gets a lot of emails about when Kirsten gillibrand helped push Al Franken out over allegations of sexual harassment. And this idea that like Republicans would have never done that. Why do we have to take the high road like this idea that like both parties simultaneously either always take the higher road or always take the low road? And that it's just not true. Yeah. And it sort of becomes this question of like, you know, when when the I'm not I would never suggest that it was like easy for Kirsten gillibrand say Alfred and should go. But like there wasn't necessarily like a cost. They're like you had a democratic governor who you knew what a point Al Franken's replacement. Right. I also think of the more recent example of a House Republicans in Steve king like there was not much there. You know, he had already won his reelection. And there was just not end. So stripping him of his committee. Assignments was was basically sort of no cost move isn't going to change anything. It wasn't even going to add one more seat to the democratic column and the house it's really the these kind of moments. Doug Jones is a good example. And I think now the the situation in Virginia is another one where like when you're talking about the ultimate swing of power. And or an actual swing in power. And obviously politics is ultimately an exercise of power that that whether you're able and willing to sort of make those difficult choices and live up to your values in those moments is I think the real test of of I dunno political, courage. And that's you know, I think we're being kind of presented with maybe our most stark example of that right now, I think it's also notable Steve king, though, he is still serving in congress. Like, I think that shows know how this is not taken like at the level that we might expect it to be if we have north I'm still serving as governor a year from now we've Steve king serving. Yeah. Congress it feels like it shows an acceptance for this kind of racism for for using black face. You know at the same time, though, I I actually don't understand maybe because you've been looking this Dylan you've a better grasp on this on what can actually be done at this point to Fourche north amount that usually you know, what happens like when I think back to other folks have step down like the Weiner. Anthony Weiner, for example, like it was just the snowballing of calls, and we've basically seen I think, you know, the the Virginia congressional delegation. You know, a lot of prominent Democrats call for him to step down. It seems like the levers are somewhat limited at this point. Yeah, you have public shame in public pressure. But like as I understand it like in talking to a couple of election law professors over the last week like this is not an impeachable offense. By means, obviously you'd need to get Republican by on on that anyway. And and so yeah, you basically, and I think that's where again, the Fairfax inhering situations complicate this a lot, and I do think like basically there's a lot of. Speculation about sort of like how much has Donald Trump top politicians that if you just like battened down, the hatches and ride this kind of stuff out, can you can you survive it? And and I think the other thing that we maybe haven't mentioned that's worth noting is like Virginia is strange and that it has a one term limit for its governors. And so while the future of Ralph north political career beyond being Virginia. Governor might be very might be dead for all intents and purposes, he wasn't ever even going to be running for re election. And so there's just not a lot of levers for a guy constitutionally set in office for the next three years in Kent even run for reelection. Anyway. So right. What can you really do to to to pressure him to to get out of certain point? And especially because I think that you know, I it it kind of actually reminds me not just of Donald Trump, but of kind of Bill Clinton this idea that the allegations against him are very very bad. But on the other hand, you know, his went in. Nineteen ninety eight. When Clinton was impeached by the house, his popularity with voters went up, and I think they're very much a sense of like, okay. This is bad. But he's ours. And I don't think Democrats have that with north though, because I feel as if this very much was in a race that was more about sending a message to Republicans and to Trump. And so I don't think that that kind of loyalty would remain. But I also think that when you start because I think that the gradations would be okay, north should go. And I think I've seen a lot of people saying that north Michigan not just for the photograph itself, but for press conference and like four the efforts to kind of like waffle on whether because he I said that he was in the photograph. And then he said he spoke with people. And now he remembers that he's not in the photograph which raised a lot of questions, namely one where did the Klan robe come from? And to like, how do you? I thought I was in this photograph. But I'm definitely not not photographs doesn't make any sense to me. But I think that if it were just north of I feel as if it's a much easier decision. And I think that that's something, you know. I personally I hope currently hold no power in the state of Virginia for now. But I, you know, I think northern should go. And then I think that the allegations against Fairfax. And then the herring coming out with this. And I also think that a piece of this. That's important. Just for added context is that the photographs like the first photograph of north originally arose on right wing site with connections to actually Corey Stewart's campaign and to ROY Moore's campaign, a big league, politics and Patrick Halley. Who's very well known within Washington conservative media circles because he worked his worst for a lot of conservative media outlets before going to big league politics. And I think that there are some people, especially, you know, some Democrats who really think that this is. Actually, all about Northerns comments on abortion. And if that wouldn't if you wouldn't have said that this photograph wouldn't have come out, and that we wouldn't have this problem at all. But I also think we can't put this back in the box. And at this point, I think for Democrats I understand the reticence to kind of just say like a pox on all of these people. This is ridiculous. And I think that politically it makes a lot of sense to say like, okay, north, I'm should go. But the allegations against Fairfax. We would need a lot more information, which I think is what Virginia Democrats were saying right now, and that herring appears to be willing to take the steps he needs to to apologize, and he came out with that before the photograph was found as far as I know. But I think that politically it makes sense to make that stand. But I don't know if that makes sense kind of on the moral stage that I think a lot of Democrats would hope that they could stand upon. I think the other thing to account for two with north specifically as there was some really good reporting and politico this morning that was like a window into Ralph north last few days and. One of the points. They made is that he's actually spent a lot more time start talking to Republican leaders in the legislature than Democrats. Jane, you mentioned before that Republicans had actually tried to recruit him to their party in the race and just made a tax deal late. Right. And so I think there's increasingly a picture of a guy who knows that. He is basically become a pariah within the Democratic Party. There was also some reporting not I can't confirm it. I'm not I don't know for sure how true it is that north had even considered switching to to becoming an independent. And so I think you've got this picture of a guy who's incr-. Yeah. Who knows that? He's a prior within the Democratic Party, and is maybe willing to sort of accept that an embrace that if it allows him to hold onto power for the time being so Sarah to the point that you kind of launched this entire conversation with like, there may just be a point where Democrats don't have any sway over this guy because he can he starting to think of himself at less as a democrat in more is just like an isolated politician whose whole trying to hold onto the office that he has it brings up an issue. You brought up. In your piece, Jane like, how do you see concert? Like, what's the spectrum of how you're saying conservatives reacting to this, you know, both from the like dunking on Democrats through like he should resign. Or like is there like the space of this was a long time ago? You know, it's not like, how are you? You're saying all of that. I think with regard to Fairfax. I think there is a sense that like after Cavanaugh, and especially since most recently both Fairfax has hired legal representation that Brett Cavanaugh also used and his alleged accuser has hired the same legal representation that worked with Dr Christine lazy Ford because that were apparently that's what we're doing now. But I do think that the Fairfax allegations are actually I think a little bit different because I fix that many conservatives. While being very angry. I think that the allegations against Fairfax are being treated in their view, a lot more gently and specifically, you know, there's a the Washington Post allegedly they knew about this. But they couldn't verify it. So they didn't run a piece on it. And I think you're seeing a lot of people like, well, that's not how you handled cavenaugh. Even though I think that these situations some race appoint yo Kevin supreme court Justice, Justin. Fairfax Lieutenant governor of the state of Virginia. Like, obviously, it's a different a different platform in to kind of different obviously, like just when you're like thinking through how newsra works or. Yes. Going to put more resources droids examine court Justice than the Lieutenant governor. Right. And but I do think that there's a sets we said for cavenaugh unless the proof that the of these allegations, they shouldn't impact his ability to be on the court and something that that should hold the same for Fairfax that unless there's more proof against him that northern should resign in. Fairfax should be. Governor. But I do think it's interesting that on certain subjects we are kind of like if you did this thirty years ago. Whoa. Kind of let that be. But on other subjects, you know, if you did this thirty years ago, it's a no brainer that this should not be expelled, Tori. But I I would like to note that in the case of north on he was a medical school. And he was twenty five years old, and he is either wearing Klan robe or black face or put that picture in his yearbook for some other reasons and you nine hundred eighty four was a while ago. But nicer before is also Jesse Jackson was running for president and doing pretty well, particularly in the state of Regina. He's attempted runs. A democrat like. What he did was deeply inappropriate at the time. And the fact that he didn't think so is not assigned that it was appropriate. It's a sign of a deep level of ignorance that would concern you'll even if he had remained a private citizen and just stayed a doctor. I would be deeply concerned to find out that my doctor wore black face or a clan rope. I would not want that person to be my doctor. And so I think that the how long ago were these allegations or or like it was a different time. It wasn't that different of time. The fact that it was always left was always inappropriate. It was always wrong to do. It's just at the people who who were subjected to it named African Americans have only within the last twenty thirty years had the ability to speak out with any real degree of political and cultural influence in say, look don't do that. Let's take a quick break by one come back to the fact. Specific to that. This was a medical school yearbook. I think that's worth talking a little bit about. Predicting it's whenever people would talk about technology. 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Now, if you haven't already find today, explain an apple podcasts, Stitcher or wherever you get your podcast. Do it. Now. So, you know, one thing I've thought about in this space is where this particular picture of north was found, and the fact was I really agree with you, Jane that I think the factors in a medical school yearbook is something that gives me a lot of pause, and you worry when you think of going into medicine, and you're going to be treating all sorts of people, you know, north of worked in the army as a physician he ended up becoming a pediatric neurologist that is a profession that you're going to be put in touch with a lot of different people. You know kids who are coming into your office officers in the army, and I think you know, when you are a medical student. You're you're beyond high school at that point. You know, you're someone who has an undergraduate degree, you're pursuing a e you're learning how to take care of people how to make people healthier like this graduate education and graduate education. That is preparing you for career that's gonna put you in touch with all sorts of different people. And I think it is notable to me at this moment when you are training for that profession that you are also finding it acceptable to you either dress up in black face or you think black face is interesting enough it important enough to put on your yearbook page, it it really jumps out at me that this is someone who is planning to head into a medical profession. Who is also the person who is participating in that behavior. And I think you medicine has a long very complicated. Very terrible history. Right how it handles race where there is a just really horrific history of believing that African Americans experience pain differently that you know, they can incur more pain that it'll be fine. There's a great video about terrible issues in maternity and women's health care where black women were essentially experimented on that one of our colleagues over on our video team did. Lab ration- with propublica. It's a really horrific history of how American medicine has treated minorities and one that's still plays out this to this day where you might even see studies about ambulances, for example, taking a longer time to get to minority neighborhoods, and you different pain management given to people who are minorities. I it's a really horrific history that this photo fits into right? And you know, aside from having this person service, my governor, I'd be pretty worried about someone who thinks black faces. Okay. Serving as a doctor knowing all of this is embedded in the history of American medicine, right? There's been some really terrific reporting on a the absolute scandal that is more maternal mortality specifically among black women in the states. And there was a great story in the near at times a couple of months ago on this very issue in a woman, basically losing her baby to just pure negligence. But you medical professionals who saw in her not. A mother in need of care, but someone to kind of foist off onto someone else. And so I think that the urge to forgive is something that is completely understandable. And I think in many cases, a good thing. But forgiveness requires full acknowledgement of what this really means. And what that really meant. And I feel as if we didn't get that from north at all we got a really weird press conference that made everything way worse, but we did not get, you know, an understanding of how absolutely wretched this is. And I think you saw that a little bit from herring when he kind of came forward. But even with hearing, you know, I talked about this a little bit in the piece that he was attempting to dress up to look like nineteen eighties. Hip hop legend Curtis blow, and if you're listening to this, you know, you can pause and then go Google picture of Curtis blow or listen to the song the brakes, but you do you're not going to like, no. No, that's not the idea of like, I I'm going to dress up as this person. And to do that. I must change the color of my skin to something. I believe is close to what Curtis blow actually looks like like that shows just a level of ignorance that seems almost malignant innocence like that that that raises its own level of questions of just like believing that that is in some way, ever appropriate. But I will inhering kind of when he came out with this. He did talk about how he's been speaking a lot to his African American colleagues. But I I'm reminded of there was a terrific photo. That was taken of African American member of that kind of the Virginia. I believe she's on the Virginia Senate I reached out to her yesterday. And she's like she's in her seventies. And she's like leaning on a car looking down and just looks distraught and exhausted, and I just cannot imagine for the African American members of the Virginia state legislature. And I think it's important to keep in mind like Terry. Call of said during the two thousand seventeen campaign that Ed Gillespie is campaign was the most racist in Virginia history, which you know, I think that that was an excessively strong take knowing the history of Virginia knowing that it took the supreme court ruling in loving v Virginia to declare to interracial. Marriages legal Virginia has all obviously a long in toward history of slavery. Jim crow and racism, and you know, efforts that segregation. If it's interesting because Jerry Falwell junior chimed in a lot of people noted that like Jerry falwell's father formed at Christian academy with the explicit purpose of ensuring that white kids could go to that school and black kids could not go to that school. And so I think that, you know, in the midst of for many African Americans in Virginia in the midst of political success and wins and the ability to start really shaping policy, which I think is what a lot of folks were hoping for when they went in two thousand seventeen and to have to endure this. Have to have like the history of your state, the state, you know, a history you yourself endured because the number of people who've reached out to me like I went to university of Richmond. Or I went to UVA, and this is not uncommon. You know, there are people wearing black face at parties in two thousand eight at in two thousand eleven to have to have that all shoved back on you. Again, it must re absolutely exhausting won't. I on the other side of that. Frankly, like, I hope that this does sort of shatter what I think has been a convenient fiction for a lot of void Democrats that lay our our party has moved beyond a lot of these issues. Even though like, you know, superpredators was the nineteen nineties, and like the crime Bill of the nineteen nineties, and we could you could go into like, what was a lot of the sort of underground of underpinnings of the of the two thousand eight campaign, like the Democratic Party has has a much more. Like, this is not it's not just going back to the days of the K K K and the before the civil rights movement that like the Democratic Party is had some very real. Problems with race. And so I think that this is sort of been a wakeup call that like, yes, we're coming off the back of a midterm elections that elected, you know, one of the most are the most diverse congress largely on the on the strength of democratic voters in democrat democratic candidates in the twenty eighteen midterms. But like, these are all these are still very much live issues for the Democratic Party, even as they as it's become very easy to sort of just point to what's been happening with the Republicans in your Steve kings, and your Donald Trump's and pretend that we've all got it figured out over the side of the aisle. Yeah, exactly. I think that there is a tendency that just be like, well like you have Steve gang. We have Steve king. But I'm like, no, you have your own history, and like using racism as a political cudgel really bothers me the idea that like how like you you hear this sometimes from conservatives like Democrats, they're the party of the clan. And I'm like, well, yes because everyone was the party of the clan in nineteen twenty four in Indiana. The Klan had like thousands and thousands of members. In the nineteen twenties. Gained real power in Indiana state, politics and wasn't alone. You know, the history of racism is a Richardson has been a bipartisan activity for the entire history of this country. And there's no reason why that would change now. And like the idea that like ha ha he's a democrat. Like, that's not the I don't understand how that some sort of Trump card. The understand like, you know, that you're staying from a lot of African American writers and journalists like we knew this. We knew that people within every of every political stripe all have the ability to be racist. Because racism is something that is it knows no political party or ideological strain. Like it's woven within the fabric of this country. And it's, you know, this country's biggest challenge and the idea for Democrats be thinking like that's not our problem. It makes it even more their problem. And I think Virginia's particularly kind of four or poor. To a forum for this given that it's both been trending dramatically towards the Democrats over the last few election cycles, and yet, obviously it sort of has a uniquely perverse haste with history with race way, she issues, and so like, that's that's part of. I think the collision that we're seeing here over the last week or so while we will stay tuned to see what happens next week in Virginia Jane's governor by the end of the week. I'm extremely excited to announce my policy platform, which will include nobody's that is or sexual harassment. If you want to talk more about Virginia, if you live in Virginia come hang out in our weeds group, tell us tell tells what you're thinking about the situation are weeds group on Facebook. That is and always check out the many amazing vox media podcasts. I believe you can hear Dylan on today. Explain today next week next week nightmare Dylan on today. Explain next week explained. Thank you Dylan. 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