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The Story: Nancy Pelosi (D - Cal.) , the Speaker of the House, would like to put together a unified plan for the lowering of...
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, presidential candidates and, perhaps most important, both of Virginia's senators and its longest-serving black representative all said Northam should step aside. The entire episode shines a light not just on Northam's troubles but also on the politics of race in the Trump era. A higher standard Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a Democrat from Texas, said on CNN Monday he doesn't think the Democratic Party can stand up to the "bigotry" of President Trump with Northam still in office. "I don't think we can do that," he said, "unless we hold all of our officials to a high standard." Trump, after all, from the day he launched his presidential run in 2015, said Mexico was sending rapists and drug dealers to the United States; exploited white grievance to win the presidency; and as president expounded a kind of moral equivalency between white nationalists and those protesting them after the deadly, racially tinged violence in Charlottesville, Va. Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio, who is seriously considering a presidential bid, pulled no punches Sunday in an appearance on NBC's Meet the Press. But Democrats believe Northam needs to go, so they can continue to speak with some moral authority during Trump's presidency. Democrats: "It's a totally different party"; what that could mean for 2020 Democrats have a complicated history on the issue of race. The late Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former Democratic Senate leader, had once been an official in the KKK. Northam is a reminder for many in the party of where it was, not where it's going. But in the Trump era, times have changed and the scrutiny on issues of race and gender has intensified.