Paul LePage is Speaking Again

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If Paul LePage is speaking, you know what that means: stupid racist shit is coming out of his mouth.

Governor and Man Who Somehow Got Elected Paul LePage attended a town hall in the city of North Berwick last night where he talked about drug dealers.

The last time LePage spoke about drug dealers, he said dealers named "Smoothy" and "D-Money" have come to Maine to impregnate the state's supply of young white girls. LePage later went on to say that Smoothy and D-Money should be executed or shot.

Last night during the town hall meeting, LePage reiterated that the drug dealers he wants to execute are all black and Hispanic. Moreover, LePage claimed that he is personally tracking them.

“Let me tell you this, explain to you, I made the comment that black people are trafficking in our state, now ever since I said that comment I’ve been collecting every single drug dealer who has been arrested in our state,” LePage said. “I don’t ask them to come to Maine and sell their poison, but they come and I will tell you that 90-plus percent of those pictures in my book, and it’s a three-ringed binder, are black and Hispanic people from Waterbury, Conn., the Bronx and Brooklyn.”

You might say Paul LePage has a binder full of women black men.

For the record, the state of Maine is over 90 percent white according to the U.S. census bureau. As I said when Governor LePage first blamed the state's drug problems on "D-Money," the cast of drug dealers is main probably more closely resembles the cast of Fargo than The Wire. Maine is one of the whitest states in the union.

If the governor is indeed keeping a physical record of black and Hispanic drug dealers in a binder, as he claims, I can only hope local reporters will query the contents of those public records.

  • Badgerite

    What is it with the GOP and “binders”? It is the ‘demand’ stupid. The “War On Drugs” approach has been a dismal failure. It is time to reconsider our society’s first approach to this problem and develop new strategies for combating addiction. This will require more government involvement, and by government I mean local, state and federal, than merely law enforcement. “Binders”. Yeah. That’ll work. The drug trade is lucrative.
    There will always be people more than willing to be in “binders”.

  • Aynwrong

    “I will tell you that 90-plus percent of those pictures in my book, and it’s a three-ringed binder, are black and Hispanic people”

    So in that binder, does he have the names of 57 Communists black and Hispanic people or is it closer to 205?

  • muselet

    Steve Benen offers a reminder:

    As regular readers may recall, in January, LePage insisted Maine’s drug problem should be blamed on out-of-state dealers. “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.”

    That, of course, sounded pretty racist, but the governor’s spokesperson said in a statement at the time, “The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant.”

    In fact, LePage soon after added at a press conference, “I never said anything about white or black traffickers…. What are they, black? I don’t know. I just read the names.”

    [links omitted]

    Now, Paul LePage admits he is and was making comments about race, and wasn’t just reading the names.

    Given that it’s LePage gibbering about his binder full of drug dealers, I’d be shocked if there weren’t photos of Denzel and Shaq and Rosie Perez in there.


    • JMAshby

      I imagine a hastily assembled binder full of newspaper clippings fastened with Elmer’s glue.

      • muselet

        Would you like your internet delivered, or will you be picking it up in person?