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Paul LePage’s Unhinged History

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We can all rest easy today because a man who somehow got elected, Maine Governor Paul LePage, is here to give us the real history of the American Civil Rights Movement.

LePage participated in an interview with local radio station WVOM early this morning where he made a bewildering effort to educate congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis.

John Lewis ought to look at history,” LePage said. “It was Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves. It was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant who fought the Jim Crow laws. A simple thank you would suffice.”


President Grant died 79 years before the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Hayes paved the way for Jim Crow by withdrawing from the former Confederacy.

Look, I don't know the curriculum in Maine, but even in my conservative home state of Kentucky we learned about the Civil War and Reconstruction between 5th and 6th grade. Maine Governor Paul LePage would fail my elementary school's history exam.

The good news is John Lewis doesn't need to look at LePage's unhinged version of history. Lewis actually lived it.

  • Badgerite

    In actual fact, it was freed slaves as union soldiers who are credited with turning the tide militarily and saving the union. Otherwise known as the UNITED States of America. The Emancipation Proclamation was initially applied to those soldiers.
    Schwerner, Chaney and Goodman. Medgar Evers. Viola Liuzzo. And many others. Some whose names we will never know.

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  • muselet

    “A simple thank you would suffice.”

    What a wanker.


  • Unfortunately, he’s not the only dumbass Republican to parrot this “Republicans are the party of civil rights” stupid, nonsense talking point. We’re about to get 4 years of that and unless the press ups their game, people are going to start to believe it.

    • Aynwrong

      The GOP and their media have been spouting that nonsense for about 20 years. No exaggeration.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    “If history is not on your side, change history.” – Republicans.

    • Christopher Foxx

      In addition to “history”, also works for “facts”, “reality”, and “principles”.