Maine Governor: Refugees Are To Blame For ‘Ziki Fly’ Epidemic

Priyanka Prasad
Maine's governor Paul LePage said on Thursday that asylum-seekers are to blame for the outbreak of the 'ziki fly' virus.

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At this point, Maine Gov. Paul LePage is a well-documented racist. Back in January, he spewed this tirade:

“Now the traffickers ... These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty, these types of guys. They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, and they go back home," LePage said. "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. We're going to make them very severe penalties."

He later apologized for the comments, but it was obvious where his mindset lay. It was clear he learned nothing from the experience, since last week, he made yet another racially-motivated comments about Maine’s drug epidemic.

“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,” he said in a radio interview.

So it’s no surprise that LePage now thinks asylum-seekers are to blame for the outbreak of the Zika virus.

According to Maine Public Broadcasting System, LePage called asylum-seekers “the biggest problem in our state,” and said that they bring foreign diseases to Maine: “what happens is you get hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV, the ‘ziki fly,’ [sic] all these other foreign type of diseases that find a way to our land.”

Firstly, there’s no such thing as a “ziki fly”—mosquitos are the carriers of the Zika virus. Secondly: what?!

There haven’t even been any cases of the Zika virus found in Maine, so it’s impossible to know what LePage is ranting on about.