Maine Gov. Paul LePage has been speaking out about cracking down on drug trafficking in his state. Unfortunately, he has made some very questionable remarks while discussing the topic, and on Jan. 26, he made another gaffe.
While speaking to a local radio shown on WVOM, the Republican politician was asked about drug dealers in the area and suggested tougher sentencing for related crimes.
“These people … there’s nothing good enough for these people,” he said. “I think four years is not good enough, we gotta go to 20 years. We gotta keep them here until they die.
“What I think we ought to do is bring the guillotine back. We could have public executions.”
He then said he was surprised by the backlash he’s received from his past controversial comments on the subject, and criticized the American Civil Liberties Union.
“I’m appalled at people getting angry at me for making a comment when they protect these people. And the ACLU, mind you, is the worst organization in the state of Maine protecting these people.
The comment he was referring to could be the one he made earlier this month when he described the type of drug dealers who come into his state.
“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty,” he said, according to CNN. “They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, White girl before they leave.”
He later apologized and said he meant to say “Maine,” instead of “White.”