Maine Gov. Paul LePage: NY Drug Dealers ‘Impregnate Young White Girls’
Maine Governor Paul LePage raised eyebrows and ire on Wednesday night when he said that New York drug dealers with names like “D-Money” often “impregnate a young white girl” while in the state selling heroin.
The Portland Press Herald reports LePage, a Tea Party-backed Republican, was speaking at a town hall meeting in Bridgton, Maine when he was asked how he is addressing the worsening substance abuse epidemic in the state. The governor responded by explaining how out-of-state drug dealers are trafficking heroin in Maine.
“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, 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 we have to deal with down the road.”
A spokesman for Gov. LePage defended the governor’s racially charged remarks in an email statement to the Press Herald.
“The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant,” the statement asserted. “What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers. His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood, too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state.”
Condemnation of LePage’s commentary has poured in from both sides of the political aisle.
“Governor LePage’s comments tonight are not only offensive and hurtful but they try to cover up the very real epidemic of drug abuse facing people in his state and across the country,” Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton said in a statement. “LePage’s racist rants sadly distract from efforts to address one of our nation’s most pressing problems.”
“Sadly, Governor LePage’s comments aren’t too dissimilar from the divisive, misleading and hateful rhetoric we’re seeing from Republicans across the country these days,” Clinton added in a swipe at her GOP presidential rivals.
Lance Dutson, a Republican who runs Get Right Maine, a website dedicated to restoring moderate conservatism in the New England State, wrote that LePage’s remarks were “one of the most offensive statements yet from this governor.” LePage previously promised to tell President Barack Obama to “go to hell,” told the NAACP to “kiss my butt” and accused a Democratic rival of being“the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”
LePage has endorsed, and campaigned with, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he seeks the Republican nomination for president. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) called on Christie to renounce LePage’s endorsement over his “racist” comments.
“If Chris Christie has a single ounce of integrity, he’ll immediately renounce Gov. LePage’s endorsement,” Michael Tyler, DNC director of African American Media, said in a statement. “Anything short of a full repudiation of LePage’s endorsement will send a clear message to the American people that Republicans are more interested in emulating Donald Trump than in serving—and respecting—all Americans.”
The Huffington Post reports Democratic state lawmakers plan to move forward with a motion next week that could result in LePage’s impeachment for abuse of power.