Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been doing a poor job of hiding his contempt for people who aren’t white. Ever since he was elected to serve Maine — a state whiter than a 1950s Christmas special (if you ignore the milkman) — he’s had contempt for everyone who isn’t white and especially for people who aren’t white.
He’s been trying to hide it, though — at least until recently, anyway.
“Those are the facts”
Paul LePage is no stranger to inflammatory remarks. For instance, this particular remark from January of 2016 helps put in perspective the kind of guy we’re dealing with:
“The traffickers—these aren’t people who take drugs. These are guys by the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty. These type of guys that come from Connecticut and New York. They come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave. Which is the real sad thing, because then we have another issue that we have to deal with down the road.”
In short, he’d be right at home on any racist board. He’s one of those dolts that’d be throwing “cucks” around if he acted his legitimate mental age. He’s one of those angry white men who’d be commenting on YouTube videos about the “genetic inferiority” of blacks and other minorities because YouTube comments are a well-known gathering location for philosophers and not an intellectual cesspool.
(As an aside: if you want to have fun with people like that, you can bring up epigenetics and the effects that poverty and socioeconomics have on genetic expression. Watch in awe as they go from being “serious scientists” to attempting, in vain, that a legitimate field of science doesn’t exist).
As you can probably guess, Maine only did itself a favor when it elected him. And he shoved his foot in his mouth yet again; after threatening a Democratic state legislator via voicemail (tactfully calling him a “cocksucker”), LePage is back in the headlines with a video in which he claims the enemy of his home state is actually people of color.
In the video, LePage notes:
“Look, a bad guy is a bad guy, I don’t care what color it is. When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, you shoot at red, don’t you?”
“You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority right now coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin. I can’t help that. I just can’t help it. Those are the facts.”
You can watch the video below:
— Maine Democrats (@MaineDems) August 26, 2016
The remarks speak for themselves. At this point, LePage is so removed from reality that his remarks wouldn’t be worth addressing, except they came from a legitimately elected political official in the United States of America in the year of 2016, and echo the remarks of another political candidate running for president.
LePage won because the liberal democrat vote was split. Here’s to hoping that LePage’s clone, Donald Trump, doesn’t win the same way.
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