Former VA Governor Claims CRT is a Dog Whistle

Former Virginia Governor Ralph Northam / Photo by Craig from Richmond, Virginia`, United States

Speaking to MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, former Virginia Democrat Governor Ralph Northam — who has admitted he was one of the two people shown in the 1984 yearbook at Eastern Virginia Medical School where one was wearing blackface and one a Ku Klux Klan robe and hood — insisted that the reason GOP Governor Glenn Youngkin won the gubernatorial race in 2021 was that Republicans used “Critical Race Theory” as a “dog whistle.”

A “dog whistle,” according to Merriam-Webster, is “an expression or statement that has a secondary meaning intended to be understood only by a particular group of people.” Many Democrats have accused Republicans over the years of using phrases that were racist but coded as “dog-whistles.”

In an interview taped last week before Youngkin’s inauguration on Saturday, Capehart asked Northam, “You leave office on January 15. You’re leaving office – last I saw, the state had a budget surplus, the unemployment rate is below the national average. So why is it, do you think, that Virginia voters opted to go with someone who’s your complete political opposite to run the state?’

First Northam deflected by boasting: “Jonathan, I think what we’ve proven over the last four years is that we can have a very progressive commonwealth, a state that embraces diversity, a state that takes care of its workers. A state that’s welcoming and inclusive and at the same time have a robust economy. As you said, our surplus is $2.6 billion. For the last three years, Virginia has been named the number one state in the country in which to do business. And I really don’t think we’ve talked about what we’ve done as Democrats enough over the last four years.”

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  1. william smith January 19, 2022