McAuliffe shrugged off Northam blackface photo as 'dumb mistake 40 years ago' months after calling it racist

“Listen, even if it had been him in the blackface, you know,” McAuliffe said while promoting his book in July of 2019.  “It was a dumb mistake 40 years ago.”

ARLINGTON, VA - OCTOBER 22:  Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe  speaks during a bus tour kickoff rally October 22, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. The Virginia gubernatorial election is November 2, where McAuliffe will face Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, VA – OCTOBER 22:  Democratic gubernatorial candidate, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe  speaks during a bus tour kickoff rally October 22, 2021 in Arlington, Virginia. The Virginia gubernatorial election is November 2, where McAuliffe will face Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

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