Republicans calling for AG Mark Herring to resign after his blackface admission

Herringsaid he was in blackface at a UVA party in 1980

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring answers questions after speaking during a town hall meeting at the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center mosque March 17, 2017 in Falls Church, Virginia. The town hall, sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was held following U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from 6 predominantly Muslim nations and also included a free free 'Citizenship Application Clinic.' (Getty Images)

RICHMOND, Va. – In light of Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring admitting he was in blackface in 1980, the Republican Party of Virginia is calling for him to step down.

RPV Chairman Jack Wilson issued the following statement in reaction to Herring's statement:

"The Republican Party of Virginia calls on Mark Herring to resign his post as Attorney General. Like we have had to say too many times this week, racism has no place in Virginia and dressing up in blackface is wholly unacceptable."

"In response to the photograph in Governor Ralph Northam’s yearbook, Herring, in calling for the Governor’s resignation, said 'It is no longer possible for Governor Northam to lead our Commonwealth and it is time for him to step down.'

"In Herring's own statement, he said 'It was really a minimization of both people of color, and a minimization of a horrific history I knew well even then.'

"As we renew our call for Governor Northam's resignation, we must regretfully add Mark Herring's name to the list of Democratic elected officials that have lost the trust of the people of Virginia and have lost the moral authority to govern."

Republicans have already called for Gov. Northam to step down after a racist photo on his medical school yearbook page surfaced last week.

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