Maine governor LePage confirms that, yes, he did mean black people

Last month, Maine governor Paul LePage found himself in some hot water when he pinned his state’s ongoing heroin epidemic on black people:

Said LePage:

These aren’t people that take drugs. These are guys that are named “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 a real sad thing because then we have another issue that we’ve got to deal with down the road.

Following his comments, LePage insisted that, despite what you may have heard, he didn’t necessarily mean black people:

And white supremacists called him out because, come one, they know a politician talking about black people when they hear it. As David Duke explained, cutting through the BS:

You are probably picking yourself off the floor to think that an elected governor in the United States of America would actually talk about this horrible destruction and defilement of young white women…These are not Anglo-Saxon guys from rural Maine doing this. These are, again, like the Puff Diddies — or whatever they want to call themselves — from New York.

Paul LePage, via Wikimedia Commons

Paul LePage, via Wikimedia Commons

Later, LePage suggested that Maine should bring back the death penalty for these (black) drug dealers, while encouraging Maine’s concealed-carry holders to take justice into their own hands in the meantime. Given LePage’s assumed ratio of drug dealers to not-drug dealers among Maine’s (small) black population, he was effectively declaring open season on black people in his state.

But now, LePage has come full circle. As he explained earlier today, when he said that hordes of black people were invading Maine to sell drugs and impregnate white women, he really did mean that hordes of black people were invading Maine to sell drugs and impregnate white women. But he did so with good intentions: Had he not race-baited, no one would have done anything to solve the problem. As he explained to a local radio station, quoted by the Huffington Post:

I had to go scream at the top of my lungs about black dealers coming in and doing the things that they’re doing to our state. I had to scream about guillotines and those types of things before they were embarrassed into giving us a handful of DEA agents. That is what it takes with this 127th [legislature]. It takes outrageous comments and outrageous actions to get them off the dime.

As the New Republic’s Steven Coen quipped, “LePage wasn’t being loudly racist just because. He had to do what he had to do to get resources for his constituents. Even racism isn’t ‘about race’ in America.”

For the record, since apparently this needs to be made clear, Maine’s drug dealers are not all black:


Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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17 Responses to “Maine governor LePage confirms that, yes, he did mean black people”

  1. Very Curious says:

    Now wait just a minute, who are you calling ‘inexperienced’! :)

    The topic of discussion was Gov LePage and his uncanny ability to attract negative attention, when such attention could have easily been avoided. When Med1 suggested that there was nothing wrong with a political figure being genuine, that it’s better for the electorate to see politicians as they truly are (as opposed to being presented with contrived personas), you suggested that Med1 did not belong here (assuming he was serious in the 1st place).

    …and that’s where I joined the conversation and suggested that you were missing the bigger picture (please re-read it yourself).

    This was my first post on this site and the last thing I wanted to do was offend. I’d be grateful to know what part of my post transgressed into trollish behavior, should you care to let me know.

  2. ComradeRutherford says:

    His racist assholism is why Republican voters love him.

  3. 2karmanot says:

    Yo troll dude….your webbed feets might trip ya up when tip-toeing.

  4. BeccaM says:

    Just an inexperienced troll, no doubt.

  5. nofauxnews says:

    Yup, but you characterized it best.

  6. DoverBill says:

    Hey Paul,

    Why not just stop these undesirables at your borders as they’re not all that hard to identify?

  7. hood0shnik says:

    sometimes out of frustration, i call home the Deep South of the Far North,
    but really, its not that bad. Ived lived in Louisiana too so I guess I know both types.

  8. hood0shnik says:

    pretty much

  9. hood0shnik says:

    nobody has remarked on the closing statements in his original diatribe, where he adds
    that the NAACP is the ‘worst organization for helping these guys’.

    Im assuming he’s talking about efforts to end mandatory minimums for drug offences that end up giving greater jailterms to pot dealers than kidnappers.

  10. emjayay says:

    I suppose this is obvious and probably discussed all over the place already….but this is rather obviously a modern edition of the big dicked young black buck defiling our virginal pious Christian young white girls in hoop skirts thing, right?

  11. emjayay says:

    Kasich?

  12. Very Curious says:

    I dont get your objection.
    If you have an elected official whose kinda looney, dont you want him to be out-of-the-closet about it? So, y’know, everyone can see the crazy?

    Or would you prefer a kooky governor who is very good at hiding the cray? So he can maintain a plausible freak deniability?

  13. Med1 says:

    Thank You!

  14. BeccaM says:

    Well, I think I’d rather a racist bigot be open about what he is than to hide behind dog-whistles like most Republicans do. That makes it much easier to conclude his supporters aren’t only deluded idiots, but racist bigots as well.

  15. BeccaM says:

    Unless that’s sarcasm, you really wandered into the wrong corner of the Internet today.

  16. Med1 says:

    Nothing wrong with calling it like you see it Governor. Nothing good comes from tip toeing around ANYTHING that is true.

  17. grandpamike1 says:

    Ah, Maine, the Mississippi of the Northern Atlantic.

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