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I've no problem with people calling for Northam to resign. I'm 100% fine with it. But if you're doing so and *haven't* publicly called for Trump to resign at least *30 times*, including after he called neo-Nazis "fine people" in *2017*, I have *strong* feelings about your values.
2/ This applies, as Gillibrand said, to both "friends and foes." Virginia Republican Party, *fuck you*. And any Democrat who let Trump be racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynistic as hell and *didn't* call for him to resign because you didn't want to seem "partisan," screw you, too.
3/ To put a finer point on it: we already know history will damn this era's GOP for being hypocrites who put party over country or basic decency. But all *Democrats* who call on Northam to resign—which is fine—must *also* be asked if they're currently demanding that Trump resign.
4/ The revelation of what Northam did 35 years ago at a med school party has hurt many people, and Northam will have to answer for it. But I am hearing some D.C. Democrats talk about what should happen to Northam in a way they *never* have about Trump, though we've asked them to.
5/ Anyone can feel or think any way they want to about how horrible Northam is in 2019 because of what he did in 1984, and it'll *still* indict our collective moral judgment if we don't *also* say Trump's offenses are 1000% fresher, greater in number, more hateful and more cruel.
6/ Today's a great day for people of conscience from both sides of the aisle to call for Northam to resign over a 1984 photo if they consider it appropriate and then *with one loud voice* say that Northam could live 100 lifetimes and not be as vile or dangerous as this president.
7/ And before you say, "Of course all the powerful Democrats who are calling for Northam to resign have also repeatedly called on Trump to resign," please do a Google search to confirm whether that's in fact correct or whether we're presuming moral backbone where none yet exists.
8/ What Northam did was grotesquely racist. If it's true his med school nickname was "C**nman," that pic was no one-time cataclysmic error in judgment. But I wish the moral clarity some D.C. Democrats have today would appear when Trump acts as or more evil than this *every week*.
9/ (Correction: Northam's "C**nman" nickname was from his VMI years, not medical school, and remains unexplained—though there's no reason to hope it's anything but what it seems to be, which is another grotesque racial slur played off at the time, incredibly, as jaunty hijinks.)
10/ I remember when some of us called for Kavanaugh to resign, not only because he perjured himself—a felony—multiple times, but because there was evidence of a pattern of sexual aggression in his life. The same DC Democrats who told us to cool down are telling Northam to resign.
PS/ My point is, we're being fooled by leaders who find it easy to call on Northam to resign because it makes them look bipartisan, but who *won't* make the same call under *worse* circumstances with Trump... because they want to look bipartisan. We need to learn our lesson. /end
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