We have our “tin foil hats” on here at FPP big time.
Paul LePage is the governor of Maine, the state at the northeastern tip of the USA. He is a Republican with a big capital R. And he is also a racist with an even bigger capital R. These things have been well known on a national level for a while.
But what has us scratching our heads is the fact that he seems to have “upped his game” in recent times, as the NY Times reports…
Paul R. LePage, the Republican governor of Maine, faced a torrent of outrage and political pressure on Monday even from some members of his own party, after 48 hours last week in which he threatened a Democratic lawmaker in a profane voice mail message, made sweeping statements about race and ended the week by doubling down and seeming to endorse racial profiling to address the state’s drug crisis.
We won’t beat around the bush…we believe that this has something to do with the recent revamp by Donald Trump of his top advisers.
If there is one thing that Trump has done consistently, then it’s alienating immigrants and African Americans. Now that the polls have the gap between himself and Hillary widening by the day, while he’ll hardly pick up too many votes on the “left” he surely now has to be mindful of those on the right who won’t be too keen on his reputation as a racist.
So what better way to deflect the attention of the media than to have a known bigoted politician like LePage ramp up the racist rhetoric? Make sure he achieves coast-to-coast recognition so that Trump looks moderate by comparison?
Why else would so many examples of his tirades come out over such a short period of time?
It’s not as though LePage had a hope in hell of being re-elected anyway. So maybe the Trump campaign went to him and said “If you help us with this, we’ll look after you when you move out of the governor’s mansion”. Perhaps create a new “Secretary of White Supremacy” post in the Trump administration?
Of course this is all pure speculation. But while we’re not fans of any kind of racism, we could see a smattering of intelligence behind this plan if indeed it is the case. Perhaps we’ll never know.