In a world where marijuana is shifting from a drug to medicine and rehabilitation programs for drug offenders are becoming a preference in the courtroom, it might surprise and shock some people to think that there are government officials out there who would rather forgo all that and go straight to the death penalty.
In a radio interview with WVOM, Maine Gov. Paul LePage discussed his ideas of how to deal with drug traffickers.
“I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people who kill Mainers,” LePage said. “We should give them an injection of the stuff they sell.”
He went on to say that he was absolutely “appalled” at those who would criticize his thinking, specifically pointing out American Civil Liberties Union of Maine (ACLU), claiming that they were just defending drug traffickers.
“What we ought to do is bring the guillotine back,” he said, interrupting the hosts. “We could have public executions and we could even have which hole it falls in.”
This isn’t the first time LePage has been in hot water over his controversial remarks. Just recently he was heavily criticized for saying that drug dealers come to Maine to sell drugs and impregnate young white girls.
yup. he said it. and they laughed. pic.twitter.com/eMVwj5ZeLq— Myles Brown (@mdotbrown) January 7, 2016
“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, they go back home,” LePage said at a town hall event. He added, “Half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave.”
Despite these remarkably offensive remarks, LePage continues to receive support from other party members—including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who LePage has endorsed for president.
“We all know that he shoots from the hip,” Christie said in an interview regarding LePage’s comments on drug dealers impregnating young white women. “[A]nd when he does that there are going to be times when even he, in retrospect, thinks he shouldn’t have said.”
Let’s hope that’s true.
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