In fact, the Democrat's stunning about-face - at a weird news conference at which he admitted putting on blackface decades ago and had to be stopped from doing the moonwalk for reporters by his wife - might have made things worse.
But he later walked back that statement at a Saturday afternoon press conference when he denied appearing in the photo with the men wearing blackface and a KKK hood.
On Friday, the embattled Governor acknowledged that he was in the photo, but on Saturday he reversed course, saying he was not in the photo.
"I am deeply sorry for the decision I made to appear as I did in this photo and for the hurt that decision caused then and now", Northam said Friday.
"I can't explain the pictures", he says.
Northam mentioned Saturday that he'd once painted his face "as part of a Michael Jackson costume", but that he was not the man with the darkened face in the photo in question.
Former Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va., a longtime congressman from Northern Virginia, said on "This Week" that he believes Northam should not resign. His wife put a stop to it, telling him, "Inappropriate circumstances".
As calls for Northam to resign have intensified, Virginia lawmakers are already floating their next moves. Del.
McAuliffe said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" that he expects Northam will eventually do what McAuliffe is calling "the right thing for the Commonwealth of Virginia".
Demonstrators are seen outside the Governor's Mansion in Richmond on Saturday. The head of Northam's party in the state also called on him to quit.
Groups calling for his resignation include the Virginia Democratic Party and the Virginia Legislative Black Caucus.
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Freshman House Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - who has become a lightning rod for conservative critics - has joined the rising number of politicians calling for Northam to resign.
Fairfax said he "cannot condone actions" from Northam's past that "suggest a comfort with Virginia's darker history of white supremacy, racial stereotyping and intimidation". The current lieutenant governor, Justin Fairfax, is only the second African American elected to statewide office in Virginia.
Fairfax, who is African-American, has several North Carolina connections.
Northam was pushed repeatedly by reporters to explain why he issued an apology if he wasn't in the photograph. "So I do not believe the governor has any credibility at all".
The photo "represents hate in the worst way", Bagby said, adding it's been "very painful, for many members of my caucus, that actually can recall being rushed from the home because of a threat from the Ku Klux Klan". But after studying the picture and consulting with classmates, Northam said, "I am convinced that is not my picture".
"If it wasn't him in the photo, he should've said that on Friday", he said Sunday. "And so if it isn't you, you come out immediately and say, 'This is not me"'.
"It doesn't matter whether he was in that photo or not in the photo at this point". We have to close that chapter.
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Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder, who is one of two African-Americans ever elected governor in United States history, tweeted on Saturday calling for Northam's resignation. "As long as I feel that I can lead, I will continue to do that", he said. He doesn't think that picture was of him in blackface because he vividly remembers the other time he allegedly wore blackface.
Northam, a former pediatric neurosurgeon and Army doctor, won the governorship in 2017.
Malkin added that President Trump was right when he tweeted that Democrats' priorities are late-term abortion and open borders. His comments did not quell the growing pressure from within his party for him to resign.