Ah, Paul, you’re the gift that keeps on giving. Like Donald Trump, only slightly more predictable. Trump Lite, if you will.
Governor and Maine’s honorary angry old man Paul LePage is once again in the news for the words that tend to fall out of his mouth. What did he say this time? It seems that Gov. LePage thinks the war on drugs should be fought like an actual war: which would mean going and “shooting the enemy.” And who is the enemy in this case?
Vox reports: LePage said, “A bad guy is a bad guy. I don’t care what color he 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. … You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin.”
LePage’s knowledge of military dress seems to begin and end with Stratego, first off.
That’s not the issue, however! It seems from this quote that Maine’s governor has advocated shooting minorities on the off-chance that they’re drug dealers. While this may be an unintentional gaffe, LePage’s previous newsworthy quotes of wanting to bring back public executions and warning everyone about black people coming from New York to impregnate white women really don’t help his image.
Ironically, this latest LePage moment came on the heels of the governor actually trying to defend his honor! The press conference where these “shooting the enemy” comments were made was originally called to discuss a completely separate issue: LePage’s rather angry response to being accused of racism.
The Portland Press Herald reports: LePage sent the message Thursday morning after a television reporter appeared to suggest that Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine was among several people who had called the governor a racist, which Gattine later denied. The exchange followed remarks the governor made in North Berwick on Wednesday night about the racial makeup of suspects arrested on drug trafficking charges in Maine.
“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” a recording of the governor’s phone message says. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you (expletive). I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist (expletive). You … I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”
Later LePage said that he wished that it was still 1825, where he would be able to legally have a duel to defend his honor (and live in a time period where the things he says were acceptable.)
So, with one tirade on top of another, the hunt for “D-Money” continues. Will LePage succeed in defending his honor? Will Maine’s drug problem ever subside? Will the governor ever prove he isn’t a racist? Tune in next time he opens his mouth to find out!