The Republican racism dog-whistle is apparently broken. Either that or these politicians, once skillful in the art of the Southern Strategy, have just gotten comfortable with the new open season of bigotry and racism we appear to be in here in the United States.
According to Portland Press Herald, Republican Gov. Paul LePage replied to a question on the problem of drug abuse in Maine by stating:
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, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.
The governor’s communication director claimed that LePage’s comments were not about any particular race but about the problem that drugs pose to children.
Perhaps LePage’s communications director believes the general public to be as obtuse as his attempt to spin a statement that managed to be racist and misogynistic at the same time. He wants us to believe that the image the name “D-Money” conjured in the minds of the people to whom the governor spoke wasn’t a black or Hispanic man but a mythical, race-neutral entity. Clearly if this was the case, then why did the governor feel the need to identify the race of the “young white girls?”
LePag’s communication director wants us to believe that the governor’s comments expressed concerns about families instead of forwarding the trope of the helpless, young “white” women, incapable of resisting the lure of the drug dealer named “Smoothie.”
No. The Republican dog-whistle isn’t broken–they have simply overplayed their hand and we hear them loudly and clearly. What’s more, bigotry from the GOP has been on open display like never before. Perhaps LePage felt a little too much-bigoted empowerment from the success of Donald Trump’s presidential bid.
Whatever the cause, this situation is certain to be damaging to the governor. Paul LePage was already facing a potential impeachment after the Maine governor used his power against an employment opportunity against a political enemy. Clearly this incident will further exacerbate his political problems– and rightfully so.
One can wonder how a man with this type of thinking ever made it into political office. But then all one has to do is look at the Republican field of presidential candidates and realize his statement was par-for-the-course.
WATCH: Paul LePage Sad That “Drug Dealers” Impregnant Young, White Girls[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-RWATrqPHm0]
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