LePage and Trump: Two Horrible Peas in a Pod

Gov. Paul LePageSo, Governor LePage is endorsing The Donald. Is anyone surprised?

They are two peas in a pod. Both define the white patriarchal ideology that has come to be completely out of synch with American progress — a progress enriched by the contributions of immigrants and refugees, and strengthened by the women’s movement and equality measures.

If a man is to be judged by his words, we have much with which to judge Trump and LePage. If either has a filter, I shudder at what their innermost thoughts must be like.

Both men have archaic view of women that might be at home in an Odd Couple episode:

Regarding a ballot initiative that would allow candidates outspent by their opponents to seek additional public funding, Lepage stated, “It’s giving your wife your checkbook. Go spend.”

Trump:
“I would never buy Ivana any decent jewels or pictures. Why give her negotiable assets?”

Both men engage in levels of discourse that make a grade-school playground bully sound like David Attenborough.

LePage: “Sen. Jackson claims to be for the people, but he’s the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline.”

Trump on Carly Fiorina:
“Look at that face! Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president?””

LePage again:
“As your governor, you’re going to be seeing a lot of me on the front page, saying ‘Governor LePage tells Obama to go to hell.’”

Trump:
You know, it doesn’t really matter what the media write as long as you’ve got a young and beautiful piece of ass.”

Both men have have been very vocal about their hatred and fear of immigrants:

Trump on Mexican immigrants:
“They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

LePage on immigrants:
“And what happens is you get hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV, the ‘ziki fly,’ all these other foreign type of diseases that find a way to our land.”

Both men have a well-documented history of racist remarks.

Trump:
I have a great relationship with The Blacks.”

Laziness is a trait in blacks.”

Black guys counting my money! I hate it. The only kind of people I want counting my money are short guys that wear yarmulkes every day.”

LePage on the NAACP:
“Tell them to kiss my butt.”

LePage again:
“These are 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. Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave.”

Both men show an embarrassing and dangerous ignorance (perhaps willful) of environmental issues:

Trump:
It’s freezing and snowing in New York–we need global warming!

LePage on BPA:
“The only thing that I’ve heard is if you take a plastic bottle and put it in the microwave and you heat it up, it gives off a chemical similar to estrogen. So the worst case is some women may have little beards.”

Trump:
“Remember, new ‘environmentally friendly’ lightbulbs can cause cancer. Be careful: the idiots who came up with this stuff don’t care.”

LePage:
“Everybody looks at the negative effects of global warming, but with the ice melting, the Northern Passage has opened up.”

Both men take the same approach to criticism from the press — they threaten to end free speech.

Trump:
“I’m going to open up our libel laws so when they write purposely negative and horrible and false articles, we can sue them and win lots of money…Believe me, if I become president, oh, do they have problems.’

LePage:
“I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up.”

It seems like every time LePage opens his mouth, Maine is the laughing stock of the country. Instead of making news for the many things that make Maine wonderful, Maine makes news for the comments made by its ignorant, hateful, and crude Governor.

Do we really want to experience this on a global scale with a President Trump?

The good news is that Maine Governors can only serve two terms. There’s a light at the end of that tunnel. Let’s hope that light is not the hell wrought by a Trump presidency.

Eric Shepherd

About Eric Shepherd

Eric is a marketing professional working and living in Portland, ME. His writing on politics, science, and culture has appeared on NPR.com, Babble.com, and other national and regional outlets. Eric is also a public speaker on topics related to branding, social media, and cause marketing. He spent 10 years as a recording and touring musician. He has lived up and down the East Coast, but loves Portland the very most.