The furor over the photo erupted on Friday, when Northam first admitted he was in the picture without saying which costume he was wearing, and apologized. "I am in a unique position, obviously, as the lieutenant governor and someone who would have to assume that office in the event that he were to resign, so I have to be very circumspect and I have to think of the people or the commonwealth".
But he finds the photo shocking and Northam's response to the scandal and his changing explanations confusing.
Protest chants, meanwhile, echoed around Capitol Square.
"After we watched his press conference today, we called Governor Northam to tell him that we no longer believe he can effectively serve as Governor of Virginia and that he must resign", Kaine, Warner and Scott wrote in their joint statement.
"What happened Saturday was an unfortunate display, and rather tone-deaf to what the impact really is", Derrick Johnson, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, told MSNBC on Monday.
This was 24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most terrible statement on "super" late-term abortion.
"I will not excuse the content of the photo".
"I don't remember that ever happening", he said Saturday.
In a tweet, Trump said Northam's statement that he was not in the picture came "24 hours after apologizing for appearing in the picture and after making the most frightful statement on "super" late-term abortion".
During the Saturday news conference, Northam made light-hearted remarks about how hard it is to clean black shoe polish from one's face and whether or not he should perform Jackson's signature moonwalk dance moves before the cameras before accepting his wife's advice not to.
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"Inappropriate circumstances", she reportedly told him. Lamont Bagby, D-Va., the chair of the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus, said on "This Week" Sunday that he's not ready to discuss potential impeachment, but reiterated his call for Northam to resign.
The sense of crisis deepened Monday as the politician next in line to be governor, Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, denied an uncorroborated allegation of sexual misconduct first reported by a conservative website. He stopped short of calling for Northam's departure but said he "cannot condone actions" from Northam's past that "suggest a comfort with Virginia's darker history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping and intimidation". Furthermore, Northam's confusing and inconsistent handling of the situation has shown him to be untruthful and uncaring, clearly more interested in keeping his office than making a genuine effort towards righting his wrongs. And if it wasn't him in the photo, he should have said that on Friday. You know if you put a hood on.
Ultimately, McAuliffe said, "It doesn't matter whether he was in the photo or not in the photo at this point". We have to close that chapter. "We've had a disgusting history in Virginia".
SARAH MCCAMMON, BYLINE: While the Sunday morning talk shows were speculating about the future of Ralph Northam's governorship, in Virginia, this morning, lots of people were in church.
"It was one of the most weird weekends I've witnessed", Derrick Johnson, the president of the civil rights group the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, or NAACP, told MSNBC on Monday.
"I know in his heart, he's going to do the right thing", McAuliffe said. "I think we've done this several times and we retreat into our corners where we're most comfortable and it just exacerbates the tribalism that confronts society today".
MCCAMMON: Wendy Hobbs (ph) says she was disturbed by the image and the governor's changing statements about it.
Late last month, Florida's secretary of state resigned after photos surfaced of him in blackface as a Hurricane Katrina victim at a 2005 Halloween party.