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White People Do Sell Drugs, Despite What Maine's Governor Says

Governor Paul LePage believes black and Latino drug dealers are polluting the white state of Maine.
Maine Governor Paul LePage says probably something terrible at a news conference at the State House in Augusta, Maine.
Maine Governor Paul LePage says probably something terrible at a news conference at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Robert F. Bukaty/AP

There’s a growing call for Maine Governor Paul LePage to resign after embarrassing his state with a string of racist rants and a profanity-laced threat to a public official who called the governor out on his bigotry.

It started back in January, when LePage vented at a town hall meeting about drug dealers coming from Connecticut and New York to sell heroin and impregnate white women. If the racism there wasn’t clear, he clarified it at another town hall on August 24, where he waved a binder that he said was full of cases of “black and Hispanic people” from out of state coming to Maine to sell drugs. He then doubled down on those comments at a press conference after the town hall, stating that “the enemy right now … are people of color or people of Hispanic origin.”