The Washington Post delivered the opposite of an endorsement on Tuesday evening, urging Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) to resign.
The newspaper’s editorial called the Republican politician “completely unhinged” and cited a “three-ring circus of unhinged racism and ravings.”
LePage has consistently targeted minorities with false ― and at times bizarre ― allegations, including a claim that he had a binder full of mug shots showing that 90 percent of drug dealers arrested in the state were black or Hispanic.
On Tuesday, it was revealed that minorities only made up 40 percent of the photos in the binder. Now, his office wants to “move on” from the issue.
The Post wrote:
He really should move on — by resigning and seeking help, in order to spare the people of Maine more of his wild-eyed ramblings. Having menaced a Democratic state legislator in an obscenity-filled voice-mail rant, likened the IRS to the Gestapo and suggested that President Obama “go to hell,” Mr. LePage threatens to remake his state’s image from a vacation paradise of surreal natural beauty to a hotbed of hatred.
LePage has also warred with Stephen King, one of his state’s most famous residents, after incorrectly claiming the author fled to Florida to avoid paying taxes. The governor has indicated that women can’t be trusted with money, and claimed drug dealers “with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty” come into the state to “impregnate a young, white girl.”
Last month, LePage claimed he considered resigning, but quickly reversed course and said he wasn’t going to quit after all.