Maine Governor Paul LePage has made more than his share of controversial statements. On Tuesday, in a radio interview, he uttered his newest jaw dropper.
In reconfirming his backing of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, LePage said that the United States might need someone like Trump to show “authoritarian power.” He also dismissed any concerns about the recording which was leaked last week wherein Trump is heard making extremely vulgar comments and admitting to what many say could be criminal sexual assault.
Speaking on WVOM, LePage said:
“Sometimes, I wonder that our Constitution is not only broken, but we need a Donald Trump to show some authoritarian power in our country and bring back the rule of law because we’ve had eight years of a president, he’s an autocrat, he just does it on his own, he ignores Congress and every single day, we’re slipping into anarchy.”
From his words, it was difficult to determine whether the governor truly understands the terms that he is using. He went on in discussing the ‘Inside Access’ recording which was leaked on Friday,
“And you know, the bottom line. The bottom line is this, is he a slimeball? I’d be the first one to say, not a guy ideally I’d want my daughter going after. But I will tell you one thing, as the head of state, is he going to protect our nation and fight the debt or is he going to go after interns? That’s the bottom line.”
He then moved on to Trump’s children as a measure of Trump as a candidate and person:
“How do you gauge a man’s heart? Is really my question. And I’ll tell you this. I’ll tell you how I gauge my heart. I look at my kids and if they’re successful and they’re moving in the right direction I’m a happy camper. Because that’s who I live for. And so I think if you look at Donald Trump and you see his kids you’re pretty pleased to see what you see in front of you. Then on the other hand, you look at a presidential candidate who’s been around since the 90’s who has been after one fraudulent activity after another.”
LePage did not provide a similar examination of the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, and how he compares their ‘heart’ versus Trump’s. But he did add, “I’m sorry guys, but there was smudge on the blue dress! And that was by a president of the United States of America.”