The Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, unleashed a furious profanity laced tirade against a Democratic lawmaker after he described LePage as a racist.
The tiff between LePage and state Rep. Drew Gattine began after LePage implied black drug dealers impregnate “white girls.” He said, “These aren’t the people who take drugs. These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty. These type of guys. They 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 we’ve got to deal with down the road.”
When LePage drew fire for the comments, he didn’t back down — he doubled down. He later said, “I don’t ask them to come to Maine to sell their poison, but they come. And I will tell you, that 90-plus percent of those pictures in my book — and it’s a three-ring binder — are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Connecticut, the Bronx, and Brooklyn.”
Not content with having enough social damage to himself, LePage called Gattine and left him a shocking voicemail message, which he implored Gattine to make public. Gattine granted LePage’s wish. Here is the full transcript:
This is Governor Paul Richard LePage. I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you c*cksucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove I’m a racist. I have spent my life helping black people and you little son of a bitch socialist c*ocksucker. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.
After LaPage’s threats drew fire in the media, he issued a statement on his official government website. It can be viewed in its entirely below:
LePage’s rationale for his statements is as bizarre as it is amusing. Like a good Republican he refuses to take blame for his incendiary rhetoric, and somehow implies Congressman Gattine is helping drug dealers — and profiting from their drug dealings!