Call it the New Trumanism!
We may be entering into a new politics where elected officials cut through usual political correctness and say what they mean.
Maine Governor Paul LePage declined an NAACP invitation to attend Martin Luther King Day events. He’ll be attending a funeral of a State Trooper.
NAACP didn’t like that, and questioned his support for them. LePage responded …uhm….pretty clearly.
“They are a special interest. End of story…and I’m not going to be held hostage by special interests. And if they want, they can look at my family picture. My son happens to be black, so they can do whatever they’d like about it. The fact of the matter is there’s only so many hours in a day, so many hours in a week, and so much that you can do.”
He’s turned down NAACP invitations before.
“They invited me to go to the state prison to meet black prisoners. I told them I would go, I’d be more than happy to go, but I would meet all prisoners, and that wasn’t acceptable to them. So tough luck.”
To the suggestion that he had a pattern of slighting the N.A.A.C.P., he replied,
“Tell them to kiss my butt,” adding, “If they want to play the race card, come to dinner; my son will talk to them.”
Yowza!!!! (Audio below)