Christie Pal Governor LePage of Maine Tells Us How He Thinks

"...half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave"; Gov. Christie maintains his “affection” and “respect” for LePage.

Gov. Paul LePage

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) did not hold back when he made racially charged comments regarding his state’s drug problem at a town hall meeting.

LePage, who is a longtime friend of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and was the first major elected official to endorse Christie for president, addressed Wednesday night the drug trafficking problem in Maine but seemed to blame the issue on people of color.

“… now the traffickers, these aren’t people that take drugs,” LePage said. “These are guys that are named D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys that come from Connecticut and New York. They come up here, they sell their heroin, and they go home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave. Which is a real sad thing, because now we have another issue that we’ve gotta deal with down the road. We’re gonna make ‘em very severe penalties.”

LePage held a press conference Friday to “apologize again” and saying he “slipped up.”

“My brain was slower than my mouth,” LePage said.

In regards to his comments about drug traffickers impregnating “young, white [women],” LePage still insisted this was not racially charged.

“I tried to explain that Maine is essentially all white,” he said. “I should have said ‘Maine women.’”

Peter Steele, a spokesperson for LePage, defended the governor and insisted the comments had nothing to do with race.

“The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant,” Steele said. “What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers.”

Christie, who described LePage’s endorsement of him as “an incredible honor,” defended the governor on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

“I heard Paul’s remarks, and frankly he’s apologized for them,” he said. “We can’t judge people by one set of remarks they make, especially when they apologize and genuinely apologize afterwards.”

Christie added that the incident “doesn’t change a bit for me, my affection for him, my respect for him as a leader and a person.”

Christie has also had a lot to say about LePage in the past. Following LePage’s re-election in 2014, Christie said, “Paul LePage is just one of the most decent, honorable people I’ve ever met — wears his heart on his sleeve, loves his state, has an amazing personal story.”

But unlike Christie, many people denounced Steele’s insistence that “race is irrelevant,” including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“Governor LePage’s comments tonight are not only offensive and hurtful but they try to cover up the very real epidemic of drug abuse facing people in his state and across the country,” said Marlon Marshall, director of states and political engagement for Clinton’s campaign, in a statement. Marshall also described LePage’s words as a “racist rant.”

Luke Visconti, CEO of DiversityInc, also denounced the governor’s remarks, which are clearly race-related.

“It’s absolutely about race because he said ‘white girl,’” Visconti said.

Chairman of the Maine Democratic Party Phil Bartlett called the governor’s comments “outrageous” and “at best … coded racism.”

“Everybody should be denouncing his comments and what they’re intended to provoke,” Bartlett said. He also called out the Republican Party as a whole for engaging in “pretty overt racist language and imagery rather than talking about the merits of public policy.”

At the time LePage announced his endorsement for Christie, Bartlett said this only emphasized Christie’s desperation “for media attention,” adding, “these two share more than a brash style of governing and a history of corruption, they have the same failed economic records to show for it.”

Christie’s supporter and friend, who has been governor since 2011, is currently facing other political troubles of his own, including possibly being impeached. He threatened to revoke funding for Good Will-Hinckley, an organization that runs a charter school, after it offered a president job to Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves. Eves said of the governor’s comments Wednesday that he “should be ashamed of himself” and described the incident as “a terrible example for our children.”

“Now more than ever we need leaders that bring us together to work toward making life better for families, not worse,” he said. “The governor’s crude comments have no place in Maine or any other decent society.”

Despite his attempt at an apology, LePage’s history of racist comments suggests LePage meant just what he said. In 2013 he said at a Maine Republican Party fundraising event that President Barack Obama “hates white people.” The governor denied making the remarks. And in 2011, he said of the NAACP, “Tell ‘em to kiss my butt. If they want to play the race card, come to my dinner and my son will talk to them.” LePage’s son is Jamaican.

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  • Yes, he “slipped up,” all right. He slipped up and revealed his true bigotry and hatred. 1.4% African-American population is most probably too high for him. Someone should ask him who actually FORCES his lily-white citizenry to actually buy and use the drugs.

    • LePage is vomiting what all KKKlansmen have been afraid of for centuries: That black men would do to white women what white men (plantation slave masters and others like the late Sen. Strom Thurmond) have been doing to black women for centuries–getting them pregnant and not taking care of the babies. Worse yet, most white men sold them for profit and are still stealing and selling white babies and children to sex traffickers. I guess white folks can’t get kidnapping and perverted sex slave-trafficking out of their DNA. D’Money sounds like D’Trump, Smoothie sounds like Paul Ryan, and Shifty sounds like Ted Cruz. He forgot to mention his friend, Chris Christie-Heavy D. Self-hate is a many “splintered” thing among ReBubbaCan’ts. It takes two to tangle to get pregnant and use drugs, but LePage can’t accept the fact that the white man’s mythical “virginal” white woman is a low-class, drug-addicted slut who willingly opens her legs and nose to the “white” stuff (semen and rock/cocaine). While he is quick to talk about what black men are doing to white women, he needs to open a history book or just look around and see the color devastation caused by white men impregnating African women for centuries, including their beloved Presidents Jefferson, Washington, etc. If President Obama hates anyone, it’s not white people–he LOVES them more than he loves himself, but really shows hatred toward anyone who reminds him of his father. White people should be so happy with Pres. Obama–it shows that they are insatiable even when a halfrican bends over backward to please them. As [public] politicians, there is no excuse for openly espousing such ignorance.

  • That is the problem with political correctness. It allows folks to say what you want them to hear instead of what they really mean. He meant exactly what he said. And “I’m sorry” is not a panacea. When you’re upset that white women are getting pregnant suggests that something happened against their will and seems to absolve them of responsibility. In no way do I condone drug use and anyone selling drugs should be dealt with — no more and no less severely. However, there appears to be a great market for drugs in Maine, which is something the Governor should really be focused on.

  • This is a perfect example of what real leadership is NOT! But what is rather concerning is this statement…”half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave. Which is a real sad thing, because now we have another issue that we’ve gotta deal with down the road. We’re gonna make ‘em very severe penalties.”

    Did anyone ask him what he meant by that? Is he suggesting that those kids not receive any help if needed? That comment is very disturbing!

  • LaPage didn’t slip up at all. He said exactly what he wanted to say – just saying “sorry” now that there’s backlash. As for Christie – just look at where he’s at in the polls. Nuff said.

  • I think he said it on purpose and was sending a message to his supporters. I believe this approach is called Dog Whistle Politics

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