We Freed the Slaves, Say Thank You!

Gov. Paul LePage (YouTube/screen grab).

Gov. Paul LePage (YouTube/screen grab).

Supreme asshole bigot LePage is at it again, this time saying that Rep. John Lewis needed to show more gratitude to white people. C’mon, boy, tap those shoes and tip that hat, yeah? All the racist goons are delighting in slamming Rep. Lewis and all people of colour.

The Portland Press Herald reports that LePage slammed Lewis for questioning President-elect Donald Trump’s legitimacy during a regular appearance on a local talk radio show, and he said Lewis needed to show more gratitude to past white presidents who worked to free black people from slavery.

“John Lewis ought to look at history,” the governor told the George Hale and Ric Tyler Show on the Bangor-based radio station WVOM. “It was Abraham Lincoln who freed the slaves, it was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant who fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple thank you would suffice.”

Christopher Cousins of the Bangor Daily News writes that LePage is simply incorrect when it comes to the history of Jim Crow laws, however, as Hayes agreed to “an informal deal after a contested election that gave him the White House in exchange for promising to pull Northern troops out of the South,” which thus “allowed Jim Crow laws to take root.”

As usual, white bigots who just can’t keep their mouths shut also can’t manage to check a few facts first. How about a “fuck you, go back to school” instead of a thank you? I think that would suffice.

LePage, who this past summer was caught on tape calling a Maine lawmaker a “son of a b*tch socialist c*cksucker,” also criticized the American left for being “so hateful” and “trying to bully us out of believing our constitution.”

:Laughs: Oh, there really isn’t any need for commentary, bigoted cons always manage to swallow both their feet before anyone can get a word in edgewise.

Via Raw Story.


  1. says

    “Asshole” does not cut the mustard. I do not know if there is a word describing the full depth of moral despicability of this specimen.

    And his stupidity. That Abraham Lincoln freed slaves does not give Donald Trump and his cronies carte blanche to do whatever they want. Logic does not work that way.

  2. says

    If he is so proud of Republicans of that era, he should try rehabilitating the reputations of Reconstruction Era Republicans in his state. Maybe put up statues of them next to the traitors’ statues.

  3. Pierce R. Butler says

    When someone brings up the horrors of slavery & makes a case for reparations, US “conservatives” chorus that it all happened long ago and no one alive now should be held to blame.

    When the topic of emancipation (1/1/1863</strong)) comes up, they all want votes and personal thanks.

  4. Saad says

    There you SJWs go playing the race card again. Just ignore him, he’s just some powerless dude on the interne… uh…

  5. cubist says

    He’s not advocating that blacks should thank white people, he’s advocating that blacks should thank Republicans. The party of Lincoln, and Grant, and Hayes, don’tcha know. It’s telling that when this clown was digging for GOP members who served blacks well, he couldn’t cite any Republicans who were alive at any time within the past 120 years…

  6. says


    Eisenhower nationalized the Arkansas National Guard and sent the 101st Airborne to Little Rock.
    He might not want to remind Southerners of that.

  7. johnson catman says

    What LePage is saying is that Lewis is a racist bigot. The republicans are constantly accusing others of their own worst traits.

  8. cubist says

    robertbaden@12: Ah, but he didn’t remind Southerners of Eisenhower! Didn’t mention the man at all…

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