The governor of Maine is under fire, yet again, for calling foreign workers hard to understand and labeling Indians as “the worst.”
Gov. Paul LePage (R), while speaking at a state Republican party convention over the weekend, criticized the proposal to raise the minimum wage from $10 to $12 in his state. In his defense, he said foreign workers were taking over the restaurant jobs and are quite “difficult to understand.”
“It’s hard to hear what they’re saying,” he said. “And the worst ones are the ones from India. I mean, they’re lovely people but it takes a… you gotta have an interpreter.”
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LePage added foreign workers take on restaurant jobs because they get tips and insensitively joked about his wife working as a waitress to get supplemental income.
The Maine governor’s comment comes on the heels of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump faking an Indian accent during a Delaware rally to mimic a foreign call center worker.
“I said to the person, ‘Where are you from?’ I wasn't really checking on my card. I was actually finding out if this was true. So I called up under the guise I'm checking on my card, said, ‘Where are you from?’ ‘We are from India.’ ‘Oh, great. That's wonderful. Thank you very much,’” Trump said, speaking briefly in a fake accent before slamming an imaginary phone shut.
LePage’s offensive statement is not really surprising, considering he is also one of Trump’s supporters among the 23 Maine delegates.
It’s also not the first time LePage has made such blatantly racial remarks. He made headlines in January when he blamed the spread of drug epidemic in United States on men called “D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” and accused them of impregnating white girls while they are at it.