One of the dangers of a Trump Presidency, that many critics have warned us about, is the fact that Trump’s rhetoric of hate, bigotry and anti-immigration may be emboldening other politicians on the right. This appears to be the case this afternoon as a video clip from the Republican Governor of Maine, Paul LePage makes its way onto the internet via social media.
LePage, who endorsed Trump prior to the 2016 presidential election, has made comments on video, which can best be described as ignorant, racist and downright offensive to American values.
The video clip, which was recorded on Friday at a small press conference, and can be seen below, shows Lepage going off on a rant about people of color and immigrants.
“A bad guy is a bad guy. I don’t care what color he is. When you go to war, if you know the enemy, the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, you shoot at red,” he said. “You shoot the enemy. You try to identify the enemy. And the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in are people of color or people of Hispanic origin,” LePage was recorded saying.
— Maine Democrats (@MaineDems) August 26, 2016
Clearly LePage, who has a history of racist, homophobic remarks, has called ‘people of color and hispanics’ the ‘enemy,’ and all of this comes just a day after he left a disgusting message on the voicemail of Democratic Maine Representative Drew Gattine, claiming that he isn’t a racist:
“I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker,” LePage’s message stated.
Is Trump emboldening these other politicians to feel more comfortable airing their racial grievances in public? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.