In this day and age of Trumpian-like politics the filters that normally prevents people from saying and doing erroneous, outlandish and board-line racists things are simply not present anymore. This trend appears to be even more prevalent with our elected officials. One politician in particular that has been making headlines with the nonsensical use of his words is Maine’s Governor, Paul LePage.
Nothing Governor LePage has done can trump (no pun intended) what he said in January when asked about the heroin crisis in Maine. During a press conference on January 8th LePage said out-of-state drug dealers come to Maine and “impregnate a young white girl before leaving…these guys are with the name D-money, Smoothie, Shifty- these type of guys,” he went on to say “They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, then go back home…” To most people, especially in the national media, his comments were borderline racist. His words were indicating that the drug dealers causing the epidemic in his state were mostly men of color.
The next day he apologized for his comments, sort of, he said, “I might have made many slip-ups. I was going impromptu, and my brain didn’t catch up to my mouth. Instead of saying ‘Maine women,’ I said ‘white women.’ I’m not going to apologize to the Maine women for that, because if you go to Maine, you’ll see that we’re essentially 95 percent white. So if I slipped up and used the wrong word, I apologize to all the Maine women.”
Since then the Governor has chosen not to apologize for his statements, according to him “I didn’t use racially charged language…Let’s leave ethnicity out of it.” Although he has promised to seek “spiritual advice”, legislatures in Maine have had enough, there are currently discussions across the aisle within the House of Representatives to hold a special session to impeach the Governor. Not only is he unpopular within his state’s legislature he is also unpopular in Maine, recent polls says he has a 38% approval rating, one of the lowest in the country.