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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's yearbook page shows men in blackface, Klan robes

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) is back in hot water.

On Friday, photos surfaced of Northam's page in a 1984 yearbook from Eastern Virginia Medical School. Among photos of Northam in a suit and tie and next to a Corvette, there is a photo of two unidentified men, one in blackface and one in full Ku Klux Klan robes, reports The Washington Post.

The photo was first posted on Big League Politics, a conservative website founded by an ex-Breitbart writer. CBS News affiliate WTKR found the same page in a copy of the yearbook at a local library, and the Post also confirmed it was real. Northam graduated from the school in 1984. He was previously Virginia's lieutenant governor before being elected to the top spot in 2017.

Northam also came under fire by conservatives earlier this week after indicating support for late-term abortion. Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said Northam was "defending born-alive abortions," but Northam's office defended the statement as clearly limited to cases of "nonviable pregnancy or in the event of severe fetal abnormalities."

Northam's office has not yet issued a statement on the photo, but a Northam ally, state Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw (D), gave this statement. Kathryn Krawczyk