Northam on Presser: I Wasn’t Thinking About Doing a Moonwalk

During an interview that aired Monday on CBS’s “This Morning,” Gov. Ralph Northam (D-VA) discussed his awkward press conference to clarify the blackface photo that appeared in a college yearbook.

In the press conference, Northam admitted to wearing blackface to look more like Michael Jackson, and even learning to moonwalk. A reporter went on to ask Northam if he can still moonwalk, and Northam appeared ready to give it a try.

But Northam on Monday told “This Morning” co-host Gayle King that he was not about to bust out the moonwalk, saying it was an “inappropriate” time.

Partial transcript as follows:

KING: For many of us watching, it looked like you were about to actually demonstrate the moonwalk. Were you thinking about showing off your moonwalking skills?

NORTHAM: No.

KING: No?

NORTHAM: Because I don’t have those at age 59. But I will tell you, Gayle, I regret that. This is a serious moment.

KING: Yes, it’s very serious.

NORTHAM: And whether it was a nervous laugh or whatever, it was inappropriate.

KING: So, you weren’t thinking about doing it when you looked over at the floor? You were not thinking about doing a moonwalk?”

NORTHAM: No.

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