With it now appearing likely that Democratic Virginia Governor Ralph Northam will not resign in the wake of his blackface/KKK photo scandal, Outnumbered host Dagen McDowell said this was actually good news because it means his controversial and confusing remarks about late-term abortion will come back to the forefront and hurt Democrats.
After mentioning that former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe seems resigned to the fact that Northam won’t step down and said Northam needs to “lean in on these very important issues” in order to survive as governor, the Fox News panel debated the impact Northam staying would have on the electorate. McDowell then jumped in to bring up Northam’s so-called “infanticide” comments.
“Yes, let Ralph Northam — the governor of my home state — stay in that place so now we can get back to his explanation of how infanticide would work in the state under the abortion law,” she exclaimed. “Because I think that is a huge fear for a lot of Democrats.”
She continued: “That he basically laid out something that they are not willing to discuss. That will really, really unite people who are conservative in this country.”
Last month, and days before the blackface photo surfaced, Northam was asked about a Virginia bill that would loosen restrictions on late-term abortions. The bill would allow third-trimester abortions even if the mother wasn’t at immediate risk of death or irreversible physical damage and would only require one physician’s authorization.
Northam appeared to talk about the possibility of a child being born after a failed abortion, in which he said “the infant would be resuscitated if that’s what the mother and the family desired, and then a discussion would ensue between the physicians and the mother.”
After his comments caused widespread outrage, especially among conservatives, a spokesperson for Northam said the governor was “absolutely not” referring to infanticide and instead “focused on the tragic and extremely rare case in which a woman with a nonviable pregnancy or severe fetal abnormalities went into labor.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.