Jeh Johnson: Northam ‘Needs to Think About Someone Other Than Himself’

Monday on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” former Obama administration Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) needed “to think about someone other than himself,” in addition to putting the needs of the people of Virginia first.

Johnson made the call when discussing whether or not Northam should consider whether to step down over the controversy surrounding his medical school yearbook that included photos of people in blackface and a Klan robe.

Johnson said, “I hesitate sitting here at 30 Rock telling the governor of Virginia what he should do. On the other hand, my slave ancestors, my father’s side, are all from Lynchburg, Virginia. They are buried there. That is a legacy that in my view the state of Virginia, Charlottesville aside, has moved a long way away from. The governor needs to think about someone other than himself. He needs to think about the interests of the state that he has pledged to serve and whether or not the state can afford to have somebody with this stain on his personal record in office for the next couple of years.”

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