Maine governor: Sorry for that “D-Money’s knocking up white girls” non-racist remark

posted at 4:01 pm on January 8, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Was Paul LePage being racist, or just his authentic street-kid self with this rant about the rising plague of heroin in Maine? The governor pushed his anti-drug platform in a public meeting two days ago, arguing that most of the problem came from out of state. That’s when his rant when on a strange tangent, warning Maine parents that it might be time to lock up their daughters, or something:

About 30 minutes into the meeting, which was rebroadcast Thursday night, LePage responded to a question about how he was tackling substance abuse in Maine. He began talking about how much of the heroin is coming into Maine from out-of-state drug dealers.

“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty – these types of guys – they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage told a large crowd. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”

LePage’s comments quickly flashed across social media and online news sites around the nation Thursday night, being picked up by The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, the Huffington Post, MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” and Buzzfeed, to name a few.

LePage certainly made an impact on the media, but in the end LePage blamed the media for blowing the remarks out of proportion. His apology was an mix of authentic regret and the kind of non-apology apology politicians have a habit of making:

Maine’s tough-talking governor admitted he made a “mistake” and apologized Friday for making what has been widely condemned as a racist remark at a town hall meeting.

But Gov. Paul LePage insisted he was being unfairly pilloried for “one slip-up.”

“I was going impromptu and my brain didn’t catch up to my mouth,” LePage said. “Instead of Maine women I said white women. … If you go to Maine, you can see it’s 95 percent white.”

Then LePage went after the journalists who reported his gaffe.

“If I was perfect, I would be a reporter,” LePage said. “If you want to make it racist, go ahead and do what you want.”

At first blush, it’s difficult to understand how LePage could have meant something other than race in his reference to “young white girls.” Maybe the daughters of Mr. & Mrs. White have a few things to explain? However, NBC News lets LePage off the hook a little bit (although it’s probably not the intent) by reminding readers of the governor’s greatest extemporaneous hits:

“What I am trying to say is the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated. Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet.”

“The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”

Maine State Sen. Troy Jackson “claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”

When LePage explains his remarks by saying, “You can take the kid off the street, but you can’t take the street out of the kid,” maybe he has a point. If that’s the case, though, perhaps he should stick to prepared remarks in the future.


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Nationally, do this:

Reduce the Corporate Income Tax from %35 to %15

Reduce the Capital Gains Tax from %25 to %5

Reduce Personal Income Tax on every bracket
1.top bracket pays %20
2.mid bracket pays %10
3.low bracket pays %5

Attack the stifling regulations that prevent business of all sizes from doing what they do best, employing Americans to make a profit for their investors (many myriad ways of doing that)

Those things done simply and clearly, would put a rocket booster into this economy for everyone, enabling those with the most to help those with the least in the ways discussed earlier.

Who can predict what sort of innovations will revolutionize the economy further in such an encouraging environment?

Foreign investment in America would explode as well, employing more people here.

This will also help the deficit and debt, if spending is brought under control and done properly in Congress (no more omnibus bills!) the lowered rates will result in higher total revenue to the Treasury, as happened during the Reagan Era.

Recapitalize the military with advanced systems and personnel.

Again, more good jobs right here, defending our country building ships, fighter jets, tanks, ect. That is economic stimulus that has a real effect on both the domestic population and the world economy through increased stability and certainty for our partner and allies.

These are the type of ideas we need in place, the type of ideas our current President will ridicule and dismiss out of hand.

Therein lies our problem.

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 9:04 PM

Yeah, we’re going to disagree on the tax particulars, But at least we have some common ground on community improvement ideas, and their importance. :-)

CivilDiscourse on January 8, 2016 at 9:14 PM

JFK could not get the Democrat Party nomination today.

im not sure about that, but I’d same the same about Regan and the GOP. He’d get saddled with pro-amnesty, among other labels for his positions that are anathema to the party today, and be sunk like a Bush.

CivilDiscourse on January 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM

I don’t think so. Most of the angry GOP base is angry because the DCGOP bigwigs have cozied up to lobbyists and abandoned the Reagan platform which most conservatives have believed in since it was proven to have worked.

Any rightward movement of the GOP has been from the bottom up, and has been a reaction to the not as often mentioned leftward lurch of the Democrat Party in the last 25 years.

After all, what has happened to the middle of the Democrat Party?

It is gone. Remember the Democrat Leadership Council, a Clinton creation for the Third Way? Dead as a doornail, Obama killed it off in his first term. Joe Leiberman, gone. Evan Byhe, gone.
Even somebody like Harold Ford, Jr. gone.

My district, TN 08 between Memphis and Nashville was represented by a Blue Dog Democrat for 20 years, until 2010. He saw the writing on the wall and retired.

Bernie Sanders isn’t even a Democrat, he is a freakin Socialist and gets to run in the Democrat primary and nobody says anything about it! Would that have happened in 1996 or 2000? Hell no!

See my point here? The Tea Party movement was a reaction to a strong pull to the left, away from the Reagan model and now the base of the GOP is so pissed off because the people they elected to stop this have done nothing but stab them in the back over and over again.

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 9:15 PM

Yeah, we’re going to disagree on the tax particulars, But at least we have some common ground on community improvement ideas, and their importance. :-)

CivilDiscourse on January 8, 2016 at 9:14 PM

This is another thing that drives me nuts about modern Democrats, the tax philosophy. Obama said it in a primary debate on ABC in 2008.

He told Charlie Gibson in response to a question about taxes, that revenue isn’t the objective of tax policy, it’s “fairness”.

The left believes in the IRS as Social Justice Punisher, not just the revenue collector. Made me crazy when I heard that!

I have to give Gibson credit, because he asked the question from a Reaganomics supply side perspective, the things that worked brilliantly in the ’80s and Obama just brushed it off as if it were some crazy theory never tried before and launched into this “fairness” nonsense. Taxes are never high enough for this guy.

If he could get away with a top marginal rate personal income tax of %50 he would do it in a second, and then complain about it still not being “fair”. This attitude is killing our economy, strangling it to death. Let people do what they do, and keep more of what they earn and the economy will prosper on it’s own, with some level of regulation to keep the players honest but let it do it’s thing and we will all be better off.

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Hero………..is what some people might say.

Mimzey on January 8, 2016 at 9:57 PM

Apparently joe Biden had a brother put up for adoption.
Apparently he is now the governor of Maine.

orangemtl on January 8, 2016 at 9:58 PM

Again, you seem to be arguing that behavior is linked to race. I reject that.

CivilDiscourse on January 8, 2016 at 6:22 PM

So evolution only happens from the neck down eh?

oryguncon on January 8, 2016 at 10:51 PM

Ed, you going all MSM on us now? Where is there any reference at all to LePage’s party affiliation? I don’t see “Democrat”, “Republican”, “R”, or “D” anywhere.

You (and I) love to hammer the MSM over that, so you really ought to not do it yourself.

(He’s a Republican, btw.)

GWB on January 8, 2016 at 11:20 PM

Or, we can sit around having more discussions that amount to not much more than race-blaming.

CivilDiscourse on January 8, 2016 at 7:31 PM

I blame you liberals for blacks committing more than half of homocides.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2016 at 12:52 AM

Brian1972 on January 8, 2016 at 9:24 PM

Aw, jeeze—I was in the middle of typing something long-ish when my computer ate it. Totally gonzo. :-( Perhaps you won’t check back in any case. I don’t want to take the time to recreate if you won’t read it, so let me know if you check the thread. The topic interests me.

CivilDiscourse on January 9, 2016 at 1:09 AM

I blame you liberals for blacks committing more than half of homocides.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2016 at 12:52 AM

What an astute observation and brilliant contribution. Truly. I had no doubt you could do it, and yes, here you are! Your accomplishment in commentary knows no bounds—no limits to the depth and breadth of your profundity. No quick drive-by silliness for you, no way; for you are a contemplative soul, one who wants to dig deep and really wrestle with the issues. Not shying away from complexity, you; you’re a thinker. And you think, think, think, think—and you come up with . . . that. Brava!

CivilDiscourse on January 9, 2016 at 1:17 AM

CivilDiscourse

your accomplishments in commentary are legend in your own mind. Northern New England ( Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont) have an exploding heroin problem. Call it racist if you want but in states at 95% plus Caucasian population, it stands out pretty clearly that the arrests made for heroin suppliers are from away and not the local demographic. This is not new, it has been going on a while now. And yes, the comment on pregnancies by LaPage were crude, but still accurate. I do not blame criminal behavior on skin color, there are plenty of local [email protected] doing a lot of damage around here. But most of the time the big dogs leading the pack are from away and they stand out in multiple ways.

aceinstall on January 9, 2016 at 8:13 AM

There were 17 heroin overdoses in Portland during the month of October, 2015. Whose responsibility was that?

Cleombrotus on January 9, 2016 at 8:17 AM

Brava!

CivilDiscourse on January 9, 2016 at 1:17 AM

Poor girl. Own it. You guys are responsible and yet you blame us.

(yes, you’re tialoc’s sock-thanks for outing yourself)

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2016 at 8:32 AM

but I’d same the same about Regan and the GOP. He’d get saddled with pro-amnesty, among other labels for his positions that are anathema to the party today, and be sunk like a Bush.

CivilDiscourse on January 8, 2016 at 8:59 PM

And that was original.

Seriously, you’re pathetic.

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2016 at 8:34 AM

For the stupid: original./

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2016 at 8:34 AM

Whose responsibility was that?

Cleombrotus on January 9, 2016 at 8:17 AM

The drug-users’.

GWB on January 9, 2016 at 8:36 AM

I guess the real journalistic question regarding the Gov. of Maine, is, “was he correct?”

Then he can restate it correctly, instead of using vulgar words, so that nobody’s ears hear bad words.

So is it true, are the “women” in Maine using the methadone clinics and having babies out of wedlock, mostly Caucasian?

Fleuries on January 9, 2016 at 11:09 AM

“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty – these types of guys – they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage told a large crowd. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”

…and all the leftists are calling him a racist because of this?

Out of curiosity, if it was a guy with a name like Slim Shady, would that make it any different?

GrumpyOldFart on January 9, 2016 at 11:32 AM

I sounded like a racist remark to me, but if it is the truth, I don’t Have a problem with it.

pwb on January 9, 2016 at 11:51 AM

Poor girl. Own it. You guys are responsible and yet you blame us.

(yes, you’re tialoc’s sock-thanks for outing yourself)

CWforFreedom on January 9, 2016 at 8:32 AM

Hey, I’ve been looking for that sock. I thought the dryer ate it.

Tlaloc on January 9, 2016 at 1:14 PM

Tlaloc on January 9, 2016 at 1:14 PM

+1

CivilDiscourse on January 9, 2016 at 2:37 PM

So, if I get this right, the governor is saying that Maine doesn’t grow its own poppies and the heroin is coming from someplace else which has people not much like those of Maine at all — and that they are adding to the gene pool while they are in Maine.

OK. But someone’s buying all this out-of-state stuff — and its your good citizens of Maine, governor. And, in addition, these girls aiding in spreading drug dealer genes like drug dealers — it’s not like they are being raped…

So, what are you going to do about it, Governor?

unclesmrgol on January 10, 2016 at 12:51 AM