Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage believes the elimination of the electoral college would politically silence “White people.”
During an interview with WVOM’s George Hale Ric Tyler Show, the politician argued that the electoral college not only gives smaller states, like his own, national political relevance, but it also protects the political voice of White people.
“All the small states, like Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming, Montana, Rhode Island, will all be — you will never see a presidential candidate again, you’ll never see anybody at the national stage come to our state. We’re gonna be forgotten people,” he argued.
“Actually, what would happen if they do what they say they’re gonna do is white people will not have anything to say,” LePage, 70, added. “It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida.”
This isn’t LePage’s first controversial statement regarding race. The Boston Globe reported in 2016 that the Republican governor stated, “Guys by the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty,” come to Maine from other states to sell drugs and, “half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave.”
LePage served two terms as Maine’s governor and had one of the highest disapproval ratings among the nation’s governors during his last year in office.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.