Time has reported that a photo of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has surfaced in which he is posing in front of a confederate flag.
The photograph, which was allegedly taken in the early 1990s at a Sons of Confederate Veterans Event, previously surfaced in 2015.
At the same time, Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook page has surfaced, showing a photograph of two men, one wearing blackface and one dressed in KKK robes. Northam initially apologized for his appearance in the photograph, and then later denied that he was either of the men in the photo. He is refusing to leave office.
The photograph of McConnell has resurfaced on social media recently, in part because of the controversy surrounding Northam. Some have used McConnell’s photograph as an example of Republican hypocrisy for condemning the Democratic Northam on his photograph.
“This picture gets ‘attention on social media’ frequently,” McConnell spokesman David Popp said in a statement to TIME. “The left trots it out every time Sen. McConnell speaks out on race or the Confederate flag–as he did on Charlottesville, the Confederate flag over SC’s capitol, removing Jefferson Davis from the Kentucky capitol, his comments on Steve King and so on. They’ve been doing this for many, many years.”
Prominent democrats, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are calling on Northam to resign. Republican leaders are criticizing him as well, and Trump has called Northam’s actions “unforgivable.”