GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has now been endorsed by another controversial politician, Maine Governor Paul LePage. This will be the second time within a week Trump has been endorsed by a person who has been associated with racially charged actions.
The first time was last week when Donald Trump was endorsed by former KKK leader and controversial public figure David Duke. Trump even went as far as refusing to disavow the endorsement of Duke, but he later went back and followed through with the rejection of his endorsement. Trump would ultimately claim that a faulty earpiece is what inhibited him from doing it during the televised conversation with CNN‘s Jake Tapper.
Now that Trump has been endorsed by Governor Paul LePage, he will have to find creative ways to spin the news. Paul LePage was recently in the media for his controversial remarks involving drugs and teen pregnancy in Maine and how they come from people with names that are commonly associated with black Americans, according to CNN.
“These aren’t the people who take drugs. These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty,” LePage said, and the Portland Press Herald first reported. “These types of guys. 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, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we’ve got to deal with down the road.”
— Phil-Pot (@MrDespicable) February 12, 2016
The circus that has been the GOP primaries over the past several months has thrown Donald Trump into the frontrunner status winning big on Super Tuesday and in other elections, putting him well ahead of his closest rivals within the Republican Party. But it has also come with a special price tag that has gotten Trump associated with people who have been in the public ire recently.
“I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular,” LePage said. “So I think I should support him since we’re one of the same cloth.”
— mainepatty (@mainepatty) February 19, 2016
Originally, LePage came out in support of Governor Chris Christie in the GOP primaries. But once Christie dropped out and officially endorsed Donald Trump for the GOP nomination, LePage was soon to follow. He dropped the news on the syndicated Boston based talk-show the Howie Carr Show.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) February 27, 2016
“I’ll be very honest. I originally said I’d like it to be a governor, but unfortunately, the American people are not going for a governor this year,” LePage said on the show. “So I’m going to endorse Donald Trump.”
Maine’s Governor Paul LePage, no stranger to controversy, now faces impeachment proceedings: https://t.co/3OB9H1lD2n
— Sandra Smith (@Coco_Wms) February 22, 2016
According to the Huffington Post, Paul LePage is also being investigated by the Obama administration due to his handling of people on food stamps in Maine. LePage has in recent months been kicking people without jobs (or children) off of food stamps. But according to Tom Vilsack, who is the secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, he has been doing so in a despicable manner, trying to rid his state of the burden.
“I think he’s looking for a shortcut, he’s looking for a way of making it easy on the state,” Vilsack said to Huff Post. “I’m happy when we reduce the rolls the right way: I’m happy when someone gets a job.”
— Politics News (@recentpolitical) February 11, 2016
Either way, Donald Trump is about to get another round of close scrutiny from the left, which includes Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and the DNC. He will also be facing similar scrutiny from the right, which includes Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who are his two closest rivals in the GOP nomination race.
But voters have also spoken in the heat of all of these controversies and still, Donald Trump has been the most victorious candidate on the platform thus far in primary election states.
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