Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republicans last week that President Obama “hates white people,” according to two state lawmakers who say they heard the remark directly.
Gov. Paul LePage was heard to say that President Obama “hates white people” at a private fundraiser last week.
The governor made the comment during a Maine Republican Party fundraiser on Aug. 12 at the home of John and Linda Fortier in Belgrade. According to the invitation, the fundraiser was a “meet and greet” for LePage and first lady Ann LePage, and an opportunity to meet Rick Bennett, the new party chairman.
The lawmakers, both Republicans, confirmed the comment when asked by a Portland Press Herald reporter but asked that their names be withheld for fear of political retribution.
Each said LePage talked about how Obama could have been the best president ever if he had highlighted his biracial heritage. LePage said the president hasn’t done that because he hates white people.
“Yeah, he said it,” said one of the lawmakers. “It was one little thing from a speech, but I think most people there thought it was totally inappropriate.”
His mistake was that he said it at a private function, not at all like Kanye West who accused Bush of hating black people during a nationally televised aid telethon for Katrina victims.
I guess the real question is this: is it appropriate to simply ask the question if Obama is a racist?
Seemed to be the cool thing to do during the Bush years.