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Paul LePage; One Of The Worst Governors In The USA

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.

Republican Governor, Paul LePage, came into office in 2010 during the Tea Party’s wave
and has been known for being a controversial and polarizing figure. Since his time in office he’s told the N.A.A.C.P. to “kiss his ass”, once said that President Barack Obama “hates white people” and according to the NY Times, he threatened to take away funding from a charter school in Maine if they hired the Speaker of the House in Maine.

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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.”


Fast forward to earlier this week, still on the topic of Maine’s heroin addiction problem, LePage brought  a binder that consisted of images of drug dealers arrested in Maine since January, he said more than 90% were black or hispanic, in response to this the ACLU issued a comment saying “According to the governor, Maine police are nine times more likely to arrest people of color for selling drugs than white people, even though we know white people are just as likely to commit drug offenses. This alarming disparity in arrests raises significant concerns that Maine law enforcement is participating in unconstitutional racial profiling,”, the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Service reports that 1,211 people in Maine were arrested on drug sale charges in 2014, only 14% were black, almost all were white. After attempting to link Maine’s drug problem to black and hispanic men he received immense criticism, and being the explosive and outlandish man he his, he threatening to shoot one of the state senators, whose been critical of him, “between the eyes.”

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.

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