"I'm not going anywhere": Ralph Northam strikes defiant pose to Gayle King

Northam is now shrouded in criticism after photos from his medical school yearbook from 1984 emerged last week, showing someone wearing blackface posed alongside a person dressed as a KKK member. "There's no better person to do that than a doctor", said Northam.

"CBS This Morning" co-host Gayle King gave Northam what should have been a softball question: "This has been a very hard week for you and the state of Virginia, so where would you like to begin?"

He is among the top three Democrats in the state who have been rocked by scandal in the past couple of weeks.

Those rebuttals have not satisfied fellow Democrat Patrick Hope, a state delegate who has promised to introduce articles of impeachment when lawmakers reconvene Monday. On Friday, the Democratic Lieutenant Governors Association removed Fairfax from its leadership ranks, naming officials from DE and Washington state in his place.

In his first TV interview since the image surfaced, Mr Northam said he later took a "step back" and determined it was not him in the photo.

Northam, who has so far resisted calls to resign, stirred up controversy on CBS This Morning Sunday after he initially referred to the Africans who landed on Virginia's shores hundreds of years ago as "indentured servants".

Fairfax was accused by two women of sexual assault, including rape by one of the women.

At first, Northam apologized for appearing in the photo. Herring would become governor if both Northam and Fairfax resigned.

But Hope remained steadfast in his calls for Fairfax to resign following the allegations raised on Friday by a second woman who claims Fairfax sexually assaulted her. Hope said he was "absolutely horrified" by the accusations and said he believes "both of these courageous women".

The dean of Virginia's Democratic congressional delegation requested immediate investigations of the women's allegations against Fairfax.

He maintains that the sex with the women was consensual and he is the victim of a political "smear". Virginia Reps. Jennifer Wexton and Don Beyer reiterated their calls for his resignation in Sunday appearances on "Face the Nation".

The changing explanations were often cited by elected Democrats in their calls for Northam to resign and, according to the Post poll, struck most voters as unbelievable.

"I believe and trust that due process will provide the fairness, justice and honesty that is necessary", Fairfax said in a statement on Saturday.

GAYLE KING: And why you think you still deserve this job when so many people are calling for you to step down?

"It's obvious from what happened this week that we still have a lot of work to do", Northam said.

The Virginia Democrat spoke with CBS News about a racism scandal that's engulfing his nascent administration, and said he had learned much about white privilege and race since the scandal erupted. Tim Kaine and almost the state's entire Democratic congressional delegation, among others.

In the press conference, Northam admitted to wearing blackface to look more like Michael Jackson, and even learning to moonwalk.

If Fairfax were to leave, it's unclear who could replace him.

Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax meanwhile has been denying claims of sexual assault and rape.

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