Tea Party-Backed Governor Paul LePage: President Obama “Hates White People”

lepageIf Republicans want me to take them more seriously, they really need to stop electing individuals like Maine Governor Paul LePage.  This is a man who’s making quite the career out of asinine comments.

His most recent ridiculous statement apparently came last week when two GOP lawmakers (though I’m sure conservatives will claim this is a story simply concocted by the “liberal media”) reported that during a party fundraiser, LePage made the comment that President Obama “hates white people.”

Because that makes sense, right?  Well, Glenn Beck did say basically the same thing a couple of years ago—so it must be true.

Quick fact: President Obama is half white.

It’s these baseless, and inflammatory, comments which make it extremely difficult for me to see the Republican party as anything more than a group of hate-filled bigots who wish we were still living with the same social norms that we had in the 1950’s.

You know, where nearly everyone in this country was treated like second-class citizens except for straight, white Christian males.

Of course LePage is denying he ever said any such thing.  After all, he’s a classy and upstanding public servant, right?

Well, if you ignore:

And maybe you might believe he never said these comments about President Obama had the sources not been two different Republicans.

Though I’m sure LePage will blame the Press Herald for reporting the story.  Conservatives just can’t seem to get a break from that damn “liberal media witch hunt” always taking direct quotes from Republicans and actually reporting them.

It’s just amazing how these people continue to claim that Obama’s race has nothing to do with their hatred towards the man, yet it seems they continually seek to make race an issue.  If it’s not blatant disgusting comments about his race (simply reference Rush Limbaugh’s “magic negro” comment), then it’s comments such as these by LePage which are obvious attempts to get racist white people in an uproar and fearful of the “black president that’s out to get them.”

Tea party Republicans: Where they’re not the racists—you’re actually the racist for calling out their racism.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • poo bah

    The scenario which plays out in the movie Mars Attacks, would solve a lot of problems I think. Minus the ending where all the Martians die, of course.

    • Mike Williams

      Anything to sell tickets…Ok now I have to watch it so I can get the reference. Thanks…

    • Cemetery Girl

      Possibly the best movie quote, “…they still have 2 out of 3 branches of the government working for them, and that ain’t bad.” The awkward moment when you realize that Republicans have made a movie quote a reality.

  • Steven

    Good documentary currently on TV about the history of the Klu Klux Klan. But, the scary thing is that you could have substituted “Tea Party” for the KKK, and, except for the masks and sheets, they are the same organization.

    • Charles Vincent

      “In the South, Klan members were still Democratic, as it was a one-party region for whites. Klan chapters were closely allied with Democratic police, sheriffs, and other functionaries of local government. Since disfranchisement of most African Americans and many poor whites around the start of the 20th century, the only political activity for whites took place within the Democratic Party.”

      And let us not forget how democrats that were affiliated with the klan filibustered the civil rights bill during the mid 1960’s.

      • stainpouch

        Charles. It’s not productive to speak of Republicans or Democrats out of context. Both parties have been under the influence of racists. Now it’s the Repugants turn. That’s all. In my state a Republican candidate for governor wanted to return the confederate battle emblem to the the state flag. Does this sound like the party of Lincoln to you?

      • Charles Vincent

        What is the problem with having the Dixie standard as a state flag? What if it were a swastika?

      • Steven

        We can agree here. I have no problem with the CSA flag being flown in a correct historical context. We fly the French, English, Spanish, etc. flags at forts all over the country to recount their previous history. New Orleans has Fluers de Lis coming out of their ears… the symbol of France. And these are foreign countries over which we ultimately prevailed. The Confederacy were Americans who, in the spirit of the American Revolution, decided to go their separate way because of political and economic differences. They lost. I don’t see what is to be gained by demonizing them. How long does it take to get over it?

      • Charles Vincent

        Apparently it hasn’t been long enough yet.

      • stainpouch

        Move to Georgia. FInd out why.

      • stainpouch

        Hahahahahaha. Good one. It’s been tried. Hahahahahaha. You’re trying to reason your way back through succession? Hahahahahaha. Wow. I’ve seen some dummies on this site, you, you take the rag offin’ the bush, boy! Hahahahaha. Demonizing them? Hahahahahahahaha. Wow. I’m dying here. Got more? Pretty please?

      • stainpouch

        Contexts shift. I don’t think that the confederate battle emblem means exactly the same thing it did in 1862, but the ‘lost cause’ isn’t lost–not around here–why, these good ole boys are just waitin’ for supplies!

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        The South has NEVER gotten over it. That’s why they are demonized.

        Southern “Democrats” 50+ years ago were known as “Dixiecrats” and a very different breed. The GOP 50 years ago was the party of business and “eastern elites” (think Rockefeller), which is why the Dixiecrats were Democrats.

      • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

        Funny how rightwingers like to reference where the Democrats were FIFTY YEARS OR MORE ago, as if it were relevant to today’s Dems. In the here and now, it’s the Republicans who are more closely aligned to the attitudes of the Klan.

      • Charles Vincent

        History is a relevant gauge to go by.

      • stainpouch

        Fifty years ago the Republicans were pro union. Strongly so:

        “Workers have a right to organize into unions and to bargain collectively with their employers. And a strong, free labor movement is an invigorating and necessary part of our industrial society.”
        “Only a fool would try to deprive working men and women of their right to join the union of their choice.”

        “Should any political party attempt to abolish Social Security, unemployment insurance, and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, you would not hear of that party again in our political history. There is a tiny splinter group, of course, that believes you can do these things, but their number is negligible and they are stupid.”

        — President Dwight Eisenhower

        So says the Supreme Commander of the Allied forces, the President of the United States and the last virtuous Republican. Questions?

      • disqus_6AeSbMRBY2

        Wonder if charles vincent still believes that “history is a relevant gauge.” Thank you for reminding how Democrats have managed to evolve over the course of the last several decades. ‘Course, Republicans don’t believe in evolution, so little wonder about the direction they took.

      • stainpouch

        Eisenhower is pointing his last comment toward right wing radical organizations, but primarily toward the John Birch Society. Fred Koch–the Koch bros’ ole man, founded the JBS. Before that the Koch’s were highly successful and cruelest of the Nazis. That’s saying rather a lot, don’t you think? Uncle Koch ran Buckenwald death camp. His wife had what is thought to be the world’s largest collection of articles made from human flesh. Nice family. Big Daddy Fred Koch didn’t have what his sons have, however: limitless resources AND and abiding hatred for the Republic. These “stupid” people are running the Republican Party and have succeeded in making the primary step: shut down Congress. If you look at the pamphlets and position statements published by the JBS back the 50s and 60s you will discover that they’re accomplishing what they set out to do.

      • Steven

        Charles… What is your point? I didn’t mention either Democrats or Republicans. I was pointing out the similarities with the Tea Party and the Klan of the 1920’s which was a nationwide movement with membership around 4 million people. It was reactionary, anti-Federal government, thrived on xenophobia, and libertarian principles. It was a popular grass-roots movement but went way over the top. Does that ring a familiar bell to you? It does to me.

        And, of course, knowing your political history, you know that those old south Democrats changed parties and became the new Republican stronghold in Dixie that we have now.

      • Charles Vincent

        I don’t totally disagree. But the dirty hands principle sort of applies here in my opinion.

      • stainpouch

        Prior that the infamous march on DC–the KKK was in the midst of their membership push. They were a terrorist organization from day one, however, and were already responsible for thousands of murders and rapes. Thousands. Destruction of homes and churches in the hundreds–and Intimidation of all kinds. They were ‘over the top’ from the day Forrest called his defeated racists together and there’s simply no other way to think of them, then or now.

  • stainpouch

    The Koch’s Tea Party scheme is right out of the pages published by the John Birch Society forty years ago–an organization founded by their father, Fred Koch. A member of this family ran Buchenwald death camp–another had a large collection of lampshades made from human flesh. What did you expect? Their stated aim even then was to get elected and bring government to a halt.

  • Dixonone

    I think he hate’s Racism and Racist’s,this being a Teabagger is why he’s confused.