Sen. Mark Warner: Ralph Northam "Has A Right" To Regain The Trust Of Virginians

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In an interview on CNN's "State Of The Union," Democratic Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia backtracks on his earlier calls for Gov. Ralph Northam to resign following the release of his college yearbook page, which showed him wearing blackface.

"If the governor is going to continue to stay, what he needs to do is get out and start to try to re-earn the trust of Virginians," Warner said. "When I called for his resignation along with Tim Kaine, we said the governor had lost the faith of the people of Virginia. He has a right to try to regain that faith."

JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Senator, very quickly, before you go, your home state, the governor, Ralph Northam who had the blackface incident. The lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax accused by two women of sexual assault, they are both still in office, even though you’ve called for both of them to step down. How embarrassing is that for you as a Virginia Democrat?





SEN. MARK WARNER: As somebody who spent 20 years trying to build a brand about Virginia Democrats and Virginia, where we most recently won the award of the Amazon headquarters, it’s been very challenging.

But if the governor and lieutenant governor are going to continue, I think the lieutenant governor needs — there needs to be a due process where the accusers get a chance to make their case where the lieutenant governor gets a chance to make his defense.

And if the governor is going to continue to stay, what he needs to do is get out and start to try to re-earn the trust of Virginians. When I called for his resignation along with Tim Kaine, we said the governor had lost the faith of the people of Virginia. He has a right to try to regain that faith but I believe that will involve him getting out and making that case to Virginians.

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