According to an MSNBC report on Tuesday, the governor of Maine – Paul LePage – stunned some of his fellow-Republicans at a fundraising event last week when he said that President Barack Obama hates white people.
Though insisting on being anonymous, reportedly, two of the state’s legislators who attended the event confirmed that those words actually came out of LePage’s mouth. The reason for the lawmakers insisting on anonymity, according to the Portland Press Herald of which the two spoke to, is that they said they fear negativity from their political allies. The two unnamed politicians who have spoken out said that they thought most people who were there thought the comment was totally inappropriate.
LePage was speaking at a “meet-and-greet” with his state’s new GOP chairman Rick Bennett when he said that Obama could have been the best president ever if he had highlighted his biracial heritage – but then concluded the thought by saying that Obama hasn’t done so because he hates white people.
Some others at the event - including Bennett - said that LePage had spoken about off-the-cuff about race, but they didn't actually hear him say that Obama hates white people.
Even prior to this incident, LePage has been considered one of the nation’s most unpopular governors with a mere 39 percent approval rating from his constituents in a poll taken earlier this year. Regardless, he is up for reelection in 2014.
Prior to this incident, LePage has ignited controversy by having said during his campaign for governor that he would tell President Obama to “go to hell” if he were elected. That incident was followed by an apology for his words – but not the message. After that, he started another controversy by refusing to attend a NAACP meeting and saying that if they didn’t like it, they could kiss his butt. Then there was the lewd remark he made about Maine’s Sen. Troy Jackson during budget negotiations in which he said that Jackson claims to be for the people but “he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”