Northam at event in Dumfries First Mount Zion Baptist Church

During a stop at First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Dumfries on Monday, July 22, Gov. Ralph Northam said he won't be in Jamestown alongside President Trump later this month. 

Gov. Ralph Northam said Monday he won’t be present for President Donald Trump’s remarks at the 400th anniversary of representative government in Jamestown later this month. Several of Virginia’s top Democrats have announced plans to boycott the event while Trump is in attendance.  

“I plan to speak the morning of the 30th, but because of my schedule, I won’t be there when President Trump is here,” Northam said after a stop in Dumfries on Monday, July 22.  

Democratic lawmakers expressed outrage over the weekend after learning that Northam (D), alongside House Speaker Kirk Cox, R-66th, and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, R-3rd, had invited Trump to speak at the event. The formal invitation, sent in August 2018, said it was an “honor and privilege” to invite the president to participate in the event.  

“Your presence and remarks on this important anniversary would be most appropriate. By lending your voice and insights, you would continue a tradition that has brought numerous prior Presidents and world leaders, including Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, to Jamestown to reflect on the significance of the place its major milestones,” the letter said. 

High-ranking Democratic lawmakers, including state Senate Minority Leader Richard Saslaw, D-35th, and House of Delegates Minority Leader Eileen Filler-Corn, D-41st, issued a statement on Friday saying they would not attend the event while Trump is present. 

“The current president does not represent the values that we would celebrate at the 400th anniversary of the oldest democratic body in the western world. We offer just three words of advice to the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation: ‘Send Him Back,’” Saslaw, Filler-Corn and other top Democrats said.  

Northam said the decision to invite Trump to the event was a formality, and that his office had also invited Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, D-California, and former-President Barack Obama (D) to attend the ceremony.  

“This is something of American significance, the 400-year commemoration of our history. It’s something that merits national attention and it’s kind of a formality to reach out with invitations to a lot of people,” Northam said Monday.

American Evolution, organizer of the July 30 events, said Pelosi’s office declined the invitation within the last two weeks, and the White House had made no announcement regarding the president’s plans.  

The July 30th ceremonies will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first representative assembly in the western hemisphere, held in Jamestown’s church in 1619. Members of the Virginia General Assembly, Congress and state legislatures across the country are expected to attend the event.  

Reach Daniel Berti at dberti@fauquier.com

(21) comments

Tim Colgan

Respect the Presidency even if you don't respect the President. Northam seems to forget he was elected to be the Governor of Virginia, not the head of the Democratic Party. Sad times we live in

AmericaFirst

Here is a challange for liberals. Put your policies where your mouths are. Support mandatory death penalties for any violent crime committed with a firearm, and support mandatory life in prison for illegal possession of a firearm. Why won't you people support this? Because it doesn't affect law abiding citizens?

Concerned citizen

Northam is lucky he is a Democrat, or all the snowflakes in Northern Virginia and the Tidewater area would be rioting until he was removed for his scandalous past. And the growing hypocrisy is stunning. Not a word about the Clinton's ties to Russia, or her and Obama leaving 4 to die in an embassy under attack and blaming it on a video. What about Obama hosting a dinner for an extremist group at the White House; and one of the participants is arrested a week later for pimping out an underage girl at a Md. motel?! Not a word...If the media had been half a diligent on the Obama administration as they are Trump's, the nation would not have become so divided. It has become very clear that Trump's election unexpectedly derailed a plan to undermine this nation, and the losers are not about to give up easily. Just look at Venezuela to see what our future holds if we let the left wing radicals win. Our forefathers are rolling over in their graves.

Tell It Like It Is

Trump is most certainly welcome in VA. You childish, radical left, libtard Dummycrats can do whatever you like.

Keret

Thank you Governor Northam for not welcoming trump to virginia. He has been the worst president in history and tomorrow, will shame us all when the Special Counsel will determine that trump participated in helping the Russians hack into our election system. This was a treasonous act and deserves no accolades for this and all the other sneaky things trump has done. I am ashamed of trump and all that he represents and pleased that our Honorable Governor Northam will not participate.

groc

Keret....I am waiting for the day when the PRESIDENT signs an Executive Order that tells everyone to breath in and out. I am sure several people - you included - will NOT, just to defy him.

JoeK

Which Northam are you referring too? The one in Black Face or the one in the KKK garb? Hypocrite!!

JustinThyme

“This is something of American significance, the 400-year commemoration of our history. It’s something that merits national attention and it’s kind of a formality to reach out with invitations to a lot of people,” Northam said Monday. Yet Northam and other state Democrats won’t attend and they represent the very state where this historically significant event occurred. What clearer example could there be that demonstrates how Democrats place their ideology and hatred for President Trump over their country and state? It is divisive and childish behavior meant to both play to their base and avoid blowback from that base without concern for all the people and the greater good.

Keret

I don't hate morons Justin...….I pity them...……….and disgusted with trump's disgrace to our nation...……...maybe he could invite putin and kim jung kim

JoeK

Keret, did you pet a puppy today?

Concerned citizen

This coon in hiding is a joke, as well as Saslaw and all the new anti-american Democrats. Have to ignore and erase all historical events so they can make this a one party communist country. Need to look no further than Venezuela to see what will happen to you unless you are in their rich, ruling, elitist group. So sad...

Keret

Concerned ------- did you notice that trump's friends putin and kim ARE COMMMUNISTS????

AmericaFirst

Those aren't Trump's friends. However, Hillary DID take in 145 million dollars from Putin - now what do you have to say about that?

JoeK

Crickets. Chirp, chirp

JoeK

Keret, Get your thumb out of your mouth while typing!

AngryBob

Maybe he'll show up in blackface.

AmericaFirst

He was the one in the KKK robes. In his hard hitting, indepth interview with some cnn hack, he denied owning plaid pants. Of course, he was never asked if he owned KKK outfits.

AmericaFirst

Childish behavior from Coonman. What a surprise.

Keret

Childish? Northam is a Statesman...…...trump is a hack and con man...……….NYC mob boss

AmericaFirst

Thats just silly - and childish. Come on, you can do better.

JoeK

Northam a Statesman? LMAO!! Yea, and I'm General Patton!!! What s foolish comment

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