Maine’s governor under fire for racist comments he made at a town hall that he insists aren’t racist.
Tea Party Republican Governor Paul LePage drew fire after speaking at aÂ town hall in Brighton on Wednesday, and made what are being called racist remarks.Â
Responding to a question about Maine’s heroin epidemic, the 67-year old blamed theÂ problem on “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,” Gov. LePage claimed. “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.”
â€” David Charns (@DavidWMTW) January 8, 2016
The comments drew a few chuckles but went unnoticed until video was rebroadcast Thursday evening, and when they were published by the Portland Press Herald, which labeled them “racially charged.”
The governor’sÂ communication director,Â Peter Steele, issued a statement tonight.
“The governor is not making comments about race. Race is irrelevant,” Steele insisted. “What is relevant is the cost to state taxpayers for welfare and the emotional costs for these kids who are born as a result of involvement with drug traffickers. His heart goes out to these kids because he had a difficult childhood, too. We need to stop the drug traffickers from coming into our state.”
The New York Times, which noted in its headline that LePage is a supporter of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, reported that even Republicans are outraged.
“Lance Dutson, a Republican operative in Maine, called the remarks ‘outrageous’Â on a blog. ‘This is one of the most offensive statements yet from this governor,’ Mr. Dutson said.”
ThinkProgress, calling LePage’s remarks a “racist rant,”Â reported the incident this way:
Drug dealers with stereotypically black names are importing heroin to Maine and leaving pregnant white women behind when they leave the state again, Gov. Paul LePage (R) told a town hall meeting on Wednesday.
On Twitter, civil rights activistÂ DeRay Mckesson posted this blunt response:
The Governor of Maine, Paul LePage, is racist.
â€” deray mckesson (@deray) January 8, 2016
ActorÂ Mark Ruffalo posted this tweet:
Wow, racist dog horn blowing. LePage: â€œThese types of guysâ€ impregnating white women in Maine Â« Get Right https://t.co/pgrMNoDYGL
â€” Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) January 8, 2016
Others shared similar feelings on the social media platform:
Either Paul LePage apologizes in a truly heartfelt way, or he’s a racist. There is no middle option. #mepolitics
â€” Steven Biel (@stevenbiel) January 8, 2016
LePage removes any doubt that he is a racist. Maine GOP has two choices. Denounce him or own his anti miscegenation policy. #mepolitics
â€” Chris (@Learned_Handle) January 8, 2016
â€” Brooklyn Middleton (@BklynMiddleton) January 7, 2016
@Governor_LePage your racist vitriol and ignorant rhetoric are a disgrace.
â€” P. Murray (@pmurraymusic) January 8, 2016
Image: Screenshot viaÂ David Charns/Twitter
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Comer Announces Public Hearing After Hunter Biden Closed Door Testimony
House Oversight Committee Chairman Jim Comer announced he will hold a public hearing with Hunter Biden after the president’s son testified behind closed doors for most of Wednesday.
“I think this was a great deposition for us, it proved several bits of our evidence, that we’ve been conducting throughout this investigation, but there are also some contradictory statements that I think need further review,” Comer told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
“So this impeachment inquiry will now go to the next phase, which will be a public hearing. And that’s something that I think everyone in the media has been asking a lot of questions about. Something that I know that Mr. Biden and his attorney both demanded, just as I said, when we said we were going to do the deposition first, we will have a public hearing next.”
It’s unclear what other witnesses Chairman Comer and Chairman Jordan will present.
Comer claimed that parts of Hunter Biden’s testimony contradicted some of their previous witness’ testimony, although he refused to elaborate.
Hunter Biden stated in the opening remarks he released publicly Wednesday morning that Chairman Comer and Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan had built their “entire partisan house of cards on lies told by the likes of Gal Luft, Tony Bobulinski, Alexander Smirnov, and Jason Galanis.”
“Luft, who is a fugitive, has been indicted for his lies and other crimes; Smirnov, who has made you dupes in carrying out a Russian disinformation campaign waged against my father, has been indicted for his lies; Bobulinski, who has been exposed for the many false statements he has made, and Galanis, who is serving 14 years in prison for fraud.”
Politico described Hunter Biden’s opening statement as “blistering.”
“I am here today,” the President’s son began, “to provide the Committees with the one uncontestable fact that should end the false premise of this inquiry: I did not involve my father in my business. Not while I was a practicing lawyer, not in my investments or transactions domestic or international, not as a board member, and not as an artist. Never.”
Watch Comer below or at this link.
Comer announces another impeachment public hearing pic.twitter.com/UjlWAs8zbb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2024
Court Denies Trump Request to Pause $454M Bond Requirement Amid His Cash Liquidity Claim
A New York appeals court has denied Donald Trump’s request to issue a stay on the state Supreme Court’s ruling ordering the ex-president to pay $454 million in the civil business fraud case brought by Attorney General Letitia James. Trump had offered to post a bond of $100 million as he appeals the ruling, as he suggested he did not have sufficient liquid assets – namely, cash – to post the full amount required.
The judge did, however, pause a portion of the ruling barring Trump from operating a business in New York, and also paused the portion of the ruling barring him from obtaining a loan from a bank registered in the State of New York.
“It’s a mixed bag for Trump, and the former president GAINS some ability, in an interim ruling, to continue his business activities and loan-seeking. But the most crucial request, a stay of enforcement of the $450M+ judgment, has been rejected,” reports Just Security’s Adam Klasfeld.
Unless he can obtain a loan or other financing, Trump, as he admitted in his legal filing, may have to sell some of his assets, likely real estate, to come up with enough cash to satisfy the judgment.
The court “also denied Trump’s request to delay his obligation to post $454 million until his appeal of the civil fraud verdict is over,” CNN adds.
Trump Swore Under Oath He Had $400 Million in Cash – Now He’s Telling a Court a Different Story
Attorneys for Donald Trump are arguing the ex-president and self-professed billionaire should not have to post a bond of $454 million as he appeals the New York State Supreme Court’s ruling holding him liable for civil business fraud. Instead, Trump is offering a bond of $100 million.
But as legal experts are pointing out, under oath, Trump stated he had $400 million in liquid assets. And his attorney, Alina Habba, when asked last week if he could come up with $350 million, said on-camera, “Yes, I mean, he does, of course he has money, you know, he’s a billionaire. We know that.”
Question: Judge Engoron says that he wants this $350 million within 30 days. Does Donald Trump have that kind of money sitting around?
Habba: I mean, he does. Of course he has money. You know, he’s a billionaire. Um, we know that pic.twitter.com/O6HRd4lBXi
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 20, 2024
“Trump says he doesn’t have the cash that both he and Habba told everyone he had, and that ‘properties would have to be sold’ to come up with the money,” Filipkowski adds.
He sums up the situation: “Trump under oath in his deposition: I’m worth at least $10 billion, I have over $3 billion in tangible assets, I have $400 million in cash. Trump to appellate court: I can come up with $100 million and I need more time to sell stuff to come up with the rest.”
Indeed, The New York Times reported earlier this month, “Mr. Trump claimed under oath last year that he was sitting on more than $400 million in cash.”
New York Attorney General Letitia James was quick to urge the court to deny Trump’s offer of $100 million, or, as Just Security’s Adam Klasfeld reports, “to deny Trump’s application to pause enforcement of the judgment pending appeal, including the disgorgement, monitoring, and loan prohibition.”
“Defendants all but concede that Mr. Trump has insufficient liquid assets to satisfy the judgment amount; defendants would need ‘to raise capital’ to do so,” James writes, as Klasfeld notes.
Klasfeld points to this section of Trump’s motion that reads: “In the absence of a stay on the terms herein outlined, properties would likely need to be sold to raise capital under exigent circumstances, and there would be no way to recover any property sold following a successful appeal and no means to recover the resulting financial losses from the Attorney General.”
In other words, Trump’s attorneys are saying he would have to sell assets, or properties, at less than market value, and should he win his appeal, he would have no means to be compensated for the difference in value.
“Trump has less than 30 days to post the money to prevent the New York attorney general’s office from taking steps to execute the judgment, including potentially move to seize properties,” CNN adds. “It is not yet clear how he plans to cover the payment.”
Watch the video above or at this link.
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