PORTLAND, ME - AUGUST 04: Maine Governor Paul LePage, (R), greets the crowd before Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Merrill Auditorium on August 4, 2016 in Portland, Maine. (Photo by Sarah Rice/Getty Images)

Republican Governor Paul LePage Claims It’s Time for an ‘Authoritarian’ Government

By Emily Zanotti | 1:44 pm, October 11, 2016

Maine governor Paul LePage says that the one thing you should take away from a leaked audio tape of Donald Trump making lewd comments about women and describing what amounts to a sexual assault is that Trump has the “authoritarian” tendencies needed to get America under control.

Called upon to defend Trump on a local radio station, LePage admitted that while he believes Trump might be a “slimeball,” perhaps it’s time the Republican Party got over it’s commitment to the Constitution and this willy-nilly, hippie thing called Democracy and embraced Donald Trump as a benevolent dictator.

“Sometimes, I wonder that our Constitution is not only broken, but we need a Donald Trump to show some authoritarian power in our country and bring back the rule of law because we’ve had eight years of a president, he’s an autocrat, he just does it on his own, he ignores Congress and every single day, we’re slipping into anarchy,” LePage told VWOM.

LePage went on to say that while Donald Trump is “not a guy ideally I’d want my daughter to go after,” a man who knows what he wants and is willing to take it is preferable to Bill Clinton.

“I’d be the first one to say, not a guy ideally I’d want my daughter going after. But I will tell you one thing, as the head of state, is he going to protect our nation and fight the debt or is he going to go after interns? That’s the bottom line.”

Paul LePage has had a history of making obscene and often racially charged remarks, a trend that almost caused him to resign in August, following an outburst blaming out-of-state blacks and Hispanics for causing Maine’s drug problem. He then got into a confrontation with a Maine state representative that made front page news, and featured LePage leaving an obscene tirade of insults on the rep’s voicemail.

He ultimately, like Trump, decided to defend himself vigorously on social media instead. He demanded a reporter apologize to the people of Maine, and vowed never to speak to the press again, a vow he, apparently, broke Tuesday morning.