UPDATED 11:09 AM PT — Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Controversy in Virginia continues as the second person in line to take over as the state’s governor admits he wore blackface.
In a statement Wednesday, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said he wore black face in 1980 while in college. He claimed he and his friends were dressing up as rappers for a party, and said they painted their faces and wore wigs.
Herring went on to say it was a one time occurrence and he accepts full responsibility.
Virginia Senator Mark Warner expressed sadness over the latest revelation.
“Listen, I’m shocked and incredibly disappointed — this has been an awful week for Virginia,” he told reporters.
This comes at a time of political chaos in Virginia after a year book picture surfaced of a man wearing blackface and another wearing a Ku Klux Klan outfit on Governor Ralph Northam’s page. Northam also admitted to wearing blackface to dress up as Michael Jackson.
Additionally, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is being accused of sexual misconduct.