Maine Governor: Indian workers 'hardest' to understand

Gov. Paul LePage made controversial remarks recently, mocking immigrant accents and calling Indians “the worst ones” to understand.  

By Bronte Price, PoliticKING

Maine Gov. Paul LePage made waves recently when he shared his opinions on immigrants at the state's Republican convention on Saturday.

LePage was first discussing his opposition to a referendum in Maine which would raise state minimum wage to $12. The Maine Governor however supports raising it only $10, from its current point of $7.50. While discussing this, LePage commented on Bulgarian and Indian accents.

LePage said that workers who are from Bulgaria are hard to understand and then referred to Indians as "the worst ones," who are "lovely people but you've got to have an interpreter." He said that immigrants “like them” are taking over employment in the state's restaurant industry.

The Maine Governor, is the 20th delegate supporting Donald Trump, who was recently criticized for similar reasons after he mocked the accents of Indian call-center workers.

LePage is reportedly known for making comments based on stereotypes. In January, he blamed the state's heroin problems on "guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty... half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave."

He also told President Obama to "go to hell" and said that State Senator Troy Jackson is "the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."

There was a Democratic effort to impeach LePage earlier this year over allegations that he had used his office to intimidate his political opposition, however the effort failed. LePage's approval ratings held at just 32% in October 2015, according to the Bangor Daily News.

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