Democrats went into 2020 thinking they had it all in the bag.
After winning the House and setting themselves up to retake the Senate and presidency in 2020, 2019 was supposed to be the year where everything fell into place.
But one state has ruined the Democrats’ plans, and things only continue to get worse.
Virginia Democrats were on a roll.
After winning 11 straight statewide elections in the past 9 years, Democrats were set to take over the Virginia General Assembly this November and cement their control over the Commonwealth of Virginia for years.
But this past week has ruined those plans and left Democrats reeling from the largest set of scandals the party has seen in decades.
It all started when Democratic Delegate Kathy Tran admitted on video during a hearing for one of her bills that the legislation she was pushing for will allow abortions up to the moment of birth.
When asked about this by committee members, Tran literally said, “Yes, my bill would allow that [abortions up to birth].”
Video of Tran’s comments quickly went viral, and massive outrage ensued on social media and in the General Assembly as Republicans, conservatives, moderates, independents, and even some Democrats blasted Tran’s comments and her bill.
At this point, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam tried to step into the swirling controversy to defend Tran.
He ended up instead endorsing infanticide and child murder on live radio, going so far as to suggest that “a discussion would ensue” between the mother and doctors about what to do with an unwanted child even after it was born.
Northam’s comments, which were aired live on the radio in the Virginia state capital of Richmond, quickly spread across the internet even faster than Tran’s video.
Once again, another round of video of a Democratic official endorsing late-term and even post-birth abortion went viral, and the outrage multiplied exponentially in size and scope.
Northam’s outrageous comments forced Democrats across Virginia to get drawn into a losing battle of having to defend Northam and Tran’s comments.
By the middle of last week, the outrage reached crisis levels and Delegate Tran deleted her social media accounts.
To make matters worse for Democrats, Democratic Delegate Dawn Adams withdrew her support for Tran’s bill after admitting she didn’t even read it.
Adams is locked in a heated battle with a Republican challenger in a top swing district.
Governor Northam attempted to quell the controversy by holding a press conference late last week, but he only made things worse after he doubled-down on his and Tran’s comments.
Delegate Tran followed Northam’s footsteps in making a bad situation even worse when she reactivated her accounts to post a video of her reaction to the scandal.
She got torn to shreds on Twitter and protests are now planned for her district and the State Capitol later this week.
Then everything changed when a photo of Governor Northam appearing in either blackface or a KKK robe appeared in a 1984 yearbook of the man while he was at medical school.
Northam admitted the photo was his and asked for forgiveness in a video he published on Twitter.
However, he refuses to step down in the face of a wave of demands for his resignation, which now include almost every elected official from both political parties in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Democrats – including Delegate Tran – have begun to eat one another as they denounced Northam less than two days after he tried to stand up for her abortion-at-birth bill.
The unfolding disaster for Democrats only got worse as Tran canceled her planned district town hall after a massive series of protests assembled for the event.
This past weekend, Northam tried to reverse course and denied the photo is of him.
He went so far as to hold a bizarre press conference where he still admitted to dressing in blackface, but denied that he did so in his yearbook photo.
He still refuses to resign. Protests against him and Delegate Tran are scheduled for this Thursday.
We will keep you up to date with any new developments in this ongoing story.