During a weekend interview, Virginia’s embattled Democrat Governor Ralph Northam vowed to remain in office despite calls for his resignation, and said African slaves were “indentured servants.”
Northam, who has faced growing calls to resign following the recent discovery of racially insensitive pictures from his medical school year book, said that “in 1619, the first indentured servants from Africa landed on our shores.”
The Virginia Governor’s remarks prompted quick interjection from CBS interviewer Gayle King, who corrected him, “Also known as slavery.”
With the eyes of the nation on the state of Virginia, which has been rocked by scandals involving Governor Northam, Lt. Governor Justin Fairfax, and the state’s attorney general, Republicans are now speculating that Northam’s gaffes may be politically advantageous.