A pro-Trump website, Big League Politics, was the first to post the photo of a man in blackface and one in a Ku Klux Klan robe from Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam’s (D) medical school yearbook last week.
Northam denies that he is in the photo, but says he has previously worn blackface as part of a Michael Jackson costume.
According to a Sunday Wall Street Journal report, the site was founded in 2017 by Patrick Howley, a veteran of the Daily Caller and Breitbart.
Howley said that a tipster made him aware of the photo. “This was just a concerned citizen who got in contact with me, as many whistleblowers do, and gave me a great piece of information,” he told the Journal.
Before the photo publication, Big League Politics was known best for spreading the conspiracy theory that DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered in retaliation for leaking Clinton campaign information. Authorities have debunked the idea and blame a robbery gone wrong.