It seems Republicans can’t get out of their own way when it comes to combating the left’s fabricated narrative that they’re all racists and bigots.
As if New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie doesn’t have his hands full trying to stay relevant in the 2016 GOP presidential primary, he now finds himself under attack by the Democratic National Committee over racially charged remarks made by the governor of Maine, who accompanied Christie on the campaign trail last month, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
A “slip-up,” to hear Maine Gov. Paul LePage characterize his choice of words Wednesday at a town hall meeting while discussing new legislation aimed at drug traffickers in his state.
“These aren’t the people who take drugs,” LePage said. “These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty. These type of guys. They come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, then they go back home.”
The governor should have stopped there, but he didn’t.
“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’ve got to deal with down the road,” he added.
The DNC said in an email statement that by remaining silent, Christie “condones LePage’s racist comments and his worldview.”
The New Jersey NAACP is calling on Christie to “disavow himself with this gentleman.”
As for LePage, he eventually offered an apology to “Maine women,” but said the whole thing was just a misunderstanding and that he didn’t mean to invoke race, the Inquirer reported.
He also blamed the media for blowing it out of proportion, saying they don’t like him.
“I was going impromptu, and my brain didn’t catch up to my mouth,” he said. “Instead of saying Maine women, I said white women. And I’m not going to apologize to the Maine women for that, because if you go to Maine, you’ll see that we’re essentially 95 percent white.”
LePage, who has a history of saying controversial things, should have stopped digging … but he didn’t.
“I didn’t say anything about black,” LePage said of the fabricated names he used in his original comment. “What are they, black? I don’t know who they are.”
And while the governor said earlier he would not apologize, he later offered a semi-apology: “If I slipped up and used the wrong word, then I apologize to all the Maine women.”
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