Republican leaders in Maine are arranging a closed-door meeting with Gov. Paul LePage and deciding a fitting punishment after years of highly racist comments climaxed in a violent threat.
LePage's hateful vitriol culminated in a recent attack in which LePage called for “shooting the enemy” — in this case, the enemy being “the people of color.”
While defending himself from accusations of racism, the governor of Maine, yet again, made a racially charged comment, implying it was OK to kill people of color.
“When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, you shoot at red, don’t you?” LePage said. “You shoot at the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority right now coming in, are people of color or people of Hispanic origin. I can’t help that. I just can’t help it. Those are the facts.”
The statement comes a few scant days after the emergence of a voicemail in which LePage went off in a profanity-laden tirade against Democratic State Rep. Drew Gattine for branding him a racist.
LePage has a sordid history of racially charged comments for which he has made one excuse after the other. However, this time around politicians and public alike are calling for his resignation.
“It’s clear from the governor’s threats that he is not mentally or emotionally fit to hold this office,” Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon (D) said in a statement. “I am calling on the governor to resign, acknowledge the real problems with his behavior and take appropriate steps to get help.”
Senate President Michael Thibodeau said he hoped the governor would take "corrective action" himself without a formal legislative censure.
On Tuesday morning, LePage told a radio show he was considering resigning; by the afternoon, the governor pulled that option from the table.
LePage has made headlines for remarks about drug dealers, all of whom have ethnic names, coincidentally, and how they were impregnating white girls. He has mocked the accents of Bulgarians and Indians claiming they need an interpreter to be understood. He has also denounced refugees claiming they bring incurable diseases, including the “ziki fly” to America.
To view his most controversial comments, check the video above.