Gov. LePage Laments He Can’t Challenge Democrat to a Duel and Point His Gun ‘Right Between His Eyes’
Maine’s Tea Party Republican Governor Paul LePage is under fire after leaving a threatening and obscene voicemail for a Democratic state lawmaker,Â Rep. Drew Gattine.
LePage left the 30-second message (audio below) for Gattine, calling him a “cocksucker” and threatening him by saying, “I am after you,” and wishing he could challenge him to a duel so he could point his gun “right between his eyes.”
“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” the voicemail begins. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, youÂ cocksucker,” LePage, who has endorsed Donald Trump, said Thursday. “I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that Iâ€™m a racist.”
Gattine denies ever calling LePage a racist. Instead, Gattine, who serves as the Chairman of the Maine House’sÂ Health and Human Services Committee, on Wednesday told a reporter “the kind of racially charged comments the governor made are not at all helpful in solving what the real problem is.”
The Maine Democrat was referring to LePage’s remarks in January, in which the Maine governor claimed the state’s drug problems stem from Black drug dealers,Â “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 had said. “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
On Wednesday, LePage doubled down on his previous comments, “saying 90 percent of all drug dealers in Maine are black or Hispanic. He then said that he kept a three-ring binder of mugshots, to proveÂ the point,” according to Salon.
“Iâ€™ve spent my life helping Black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist cocksucker. You â€¦ I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you,” the voicemail ends.
The Republican governor, having no regrets, fully admits he left the threatening and obscene voicemail, and did not apologize for it, or to Rep. Gattine.Â
“LePage later invited a Portland Press Herald reporter and a two-person television crew from WMTW to the Blaine House [Maine’s governor’s mansion]Â where during a 30-minute interview the governor described his anger with Gattine and others, told them he had left the phone message and said he wished he and the lawmaker could engage in an armed duel to settle the matter,” theÂ Portland Press Herald reports.
“When a snot-nosed little guy from Westbrook calls me a racist, now Iâ€™d like him to come up here because, tell you right now, I wish it were 1825,” LePage told the Press Herald,Â to explain his obscene and threatening voicemail.Â “And we would have a duel, thatâ€™s how angry I am, and I would not put my gun in the air, I guarantee you, I would not be (Alexander) Hamilton. I would point it right between his eyes, because he is a snot-nosed little runt and he has not done a damn thing since heâ€™s been in this Legislature to help move the state forward.”
Image: Screenshot viaÂ David Charns/Twitter
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Fox News Goes Full White Supremacist With Republican Who Says ‘Hope and Change’ Means ‘Replace the American Electorate’
Fox News has gone full white supremacist. The right wing cable network’s top primetime host, Tucker Carlson, has been promoting the racist “great replacement” conspiracy theory since April, doubling down on it this week. But now Fox News’ daytime programming is totally on board, embracing that racist rhetoric.
On Friday “Fox & Friends” hosted U.S. Rep Brian Babin, who spewed the “great replacement” conspiracy theory, adding a new racist twist.
According to the Texas Republican, former President Barack Obama’s “Hope and Change” slogan means “change America” by replacing “the electorate with third-world immigrants that are coming in illegally, many of them COVID-positive.”
Babin repeatedly said “change America,” honing in on the white supremacist conspiracy theory of “replacement,” a concept seared into the minds of many Americans who saw the tiki-torch wielding neo-Nazis marching through Charlotte chanting, “You will not replace us.”
“We know what the grand strategy of the Democratic Party is,” Congressman Babin declared. “They want to change America, ‘hope and change,’ and it started under Obama and now it’s really going to just racehorse speed.”
“They want to change America, they want to they want to replace the American electorate with third-world immigrants that are coming in illegally, many of them COVID-positive, drug resistant tuberculosis, I’m a health care provider, I can tell you it’s a disaster down there from a public health standpoint, and they are just want to change the electorate and put these people on a path to citizenship and franchise them with a vote and have a permanent majority. On every phase we can see every aspect the Democrats are trying to change America, from what we know what we love and what we have enjoyed for 244 years, right, it’s despicable.”
Fox News, largely through Tucker Carlson, has turned the white nationalist “great replacement” conspiracy theory into Republican orthodoxy.
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Former president Donald Trump, aware of prosecutors’ strategy, has been reminding employees to “stick together” and stay strong, according to the report.
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According to the report, it has become “common knowledge” in the upper echelon of Trump’s business and personal circles that prosecutors are attempting to exploit the rivalry between the two families.
“It’s gotten so apparent that, in multiple meetings and phone calls since the spring, Donald Trump has reminded business associates and other members of his inner orbit about the need for Trump Organization staff to ‘stick together’ and stay strong, according to two other people familiar with the matter,” the Daily Beast reported. “The enmity between the Weisselbergs and Calamaris dates back decades, and it centers on their unwavering love of Trump. Two longtime associates described a Shakespearean conflict of rival dynasties, with dukes competing for the king’s favor.”
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The four are Steve Bannon, Mark Meadows, Kash Patel, and Dan Scavino.
“Stephen Bannon,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) writes on the committee’s official website, “reportedly communicated with former President Trump on December 30th, 2020, urging him to focus his efforts on January 6th. Mr. Bannon also reportedly attended a gathering at the Willard Hotel on January 5th, 2021, as part of an effort to persuade Members of Congress to block the certification of the election the next day. Mr. Bannon is also quoted as stating, on January 5th, that ‘[a]ll Hell is going to break loose tomorrow.'”
In his letter to Bannon, Chairman Thompson writes, the “inquiry includes examination of how various individuals and entities coordinated their activities leading up to the events of January 6, 2021.”
Below is the letter from Chairman Thompson to Bannon, via NBC4 Washington Investigative Reporter Scott MacFarlane:
In letter to Steve Bannon, Committee says his deposition is scheduled for Oct 14 pic.twitter.com/UD0zx3widS
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