Picture of Mitch McConnell posing with a confederate flag takes the Internet by storm again
Mitch McConnell is in hot water on social media after a photo of him posing in front of a Confederate flag resurfaced.
Last week, it was Governor Ralph Northam who faced strong backlash when an alleged photo of him doing blackface in a Ku Klux Klan hood from 1984 surfaced.
Now, a picture of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has come to light again after first appearing back in 2015. The internet raged upon seeing the photo.
The photograph features McConnell posing with another man in front of a sizeable Confederate flag. According to TIME, the event at the time was a Sons of Confederate Veterans event from the early '90s.
He should resign before anyone else does!!!— Robert Gonzalez (@nosetu33) February 4, 2019
While many online sighted the period the pictures were taken as being one in which less controversy surrounded the flag, others called for the senator's resignation.
Many simply dubbed the photo as racist while others reluctantly defended McConnell. They pointed to the fact that several people at the time were playing with "Dukes of Hazzard" toys.
McConnell has yet to respond to the outcry but his spokesman David Popp did speak on the matter.
“This picture gets ‘attention on social media’ frequently. The left trots it out every time Sen. McConnell speaks out on race or the Confederate flag–as he did on Charlottesville, the Confederate flag over SC’s capitol, removing Jefferson Davis from the Kentucky capitol, his comments on Steve King and so on. They’ve been doing this for many, many years.”
Tell it to McConnell, or is the Confed flag just a celebration of "southern heritage"? pic.twitter.com/3dI3jDn31B— ChuckVoellinger (@CVoellinger) February 2, 2019
On Friday, Northam addressed the photo of him next to a blackfaced man by first apologizing. The very next day, however, he denounced the photograph. He claimed it simply wasn't him in the picture during a Saturday news conference.
Furthermore, Northam said he would "continue to lead" following calls for his resignation. Both Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi condemned Northam before he denied the photo.
The photo is racist and contrary to fundamental American values. I join my colleagues in Virginia calling on Governor Northam to do the right thing so that the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia can heal and move forward.— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 2, 2019
The disturbing and racist image of Ralph Northam was not acceptable 30 years ago, and it is not acceptable today. Gov. Northam can no longer serve the best interests of Virginians. It is time for Gov. Northam to resign and allow Lt. Gov. Fairfax to lead Virginia forward.— Gina Raimondo (@GovRaimondo) February 2, 2019
Pelosi has not yet spoken about McConnell's photo. Earlier this month, McConnell's close adviser Senator Lamar Alexander pushed for senators for the speaker to "step back" to resolve the border wall matter.
Congress worked with Presidents Obama, W. Bush, Clinton and H.W. Bush to build 654 miles of physical barriers.— Lamar Alexander (@SenAlexander) January 27, 2019
Speaker Pelosi and President Trump should step back to allow Congress to reach a result on a comprehensive border security plan. pic.twitter.com/xalCBRcTzo
Following the record-making 35-day government shutdown, Alexander said we should "let the conference committee do what it usually does." We hope new legislation can prevent another shutdown to avoid issues like the over 800,000 furloughed workers which resulted from the last one.