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Paul LePage Suggests that Raising the Minimum Wage is Tantamount to 'Attempted Murder'

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | October 14, 2016 |

By Dustin Rowles | Politics | October 14, 2016 |

We haven’t talked about bananapants LePage in a while, and if you’re not from Maine, you may have missed his decision a few weeks ago to stop talking to the press. Forever. He will only communicate with the people through right-wing radio, and will only give press conferences when he’s apologizing for something dumb he said, like earlier this week when he had to apologize for suggesting that America needed the kind of “authoritarian power’ that Donald Trump could provide.

He apologized the next day, saying what he meant to say was “authoritative,” and that anyone who thought he actually meant “authoritarian” was a “moron.” He gave this press conference while standing at a lectern in front of Russian nest dolls featuring Bill Clinton and his accusers.

You can’t make this up.


Less than a week later, he may need to hold another press conference because today he suggested on that right-wing radio show that advocating for raising the minimum wage in Maine is tantamount to “attempted murder.”

LePage who first suggested Mike Tipping and Ben Chin should be jailed for supporting the ballot question during an appearance before the Lewiston-Auburn Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce on Thursday repeated that during a phone-in interview on the South Portland-based, WGAN radio saying, “They are deliberately and knowingly hurting Mainers.”

“To me when you go out and kill somebody, you go to jail. Well, this is attempted murder in my mind because it is pushing people to the brink of survival,” LePage said of the proposed minimum wage increase.

Tipping and Chin are leaders of the Maine People’s Alliance, which has been pushing voters to approve a ballot initiative next month that would raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2020. According to LePage, Tipping and Chin should be put in prison for committing a “moral crime.”

Now, imagine this man — who knows nothing about policy, who is openly hostile to people of color, who only gives interviews to right-wing talk radio, who challenged a state congressman to a duel, and who once followed through on a threat to veto every single bill out of Congress (even those he supported) out of spite — running the entire country, and you’ve basically got Donald Trump minus the access to nuclear weapons.

Source: Portland Press Herald

Dustin just can’t with the LePage photos, either. But did you see this week’s This Is Us and are you devastated by the possibility that future Milo is dead? You can follow Dustin on Twitter.