Trump: Photo would've doomed Northam's campaign

Published: Feb. 2, 2019 at 9:09 PM EST
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President Donald Trump says Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's Republican opponent would have easily won the 2017 governor's race if the racist photo in Northam's yearbook had been discovered during the campaign.

Trump tweeted Saturday night that Republican Ed Gillespie must believe his opposition research team committed "malpractice" and "dereliction of duty" by not uncovering the photo ahead of the 2017 election.

The photo on Northam's medical school yearbook page shows one person in blackface and another hooded in white Ku Klux Klan regalia.

Northam defeated Gillespie by about 9 percentage points, but Trump says Gillespie would have won by 20 points if someone had found the photo.