Maine’s controversial governor has a pretty ridiculous suggestion for John Lewis

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights movement, is flanked by Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., left, and Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-N.Y., right, as he joins the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee in endorsing Hillary Clinton as prominent African-American Democrats rush to her aid ahead of the Feb. 27 Democratic primary in South Carolina, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, D-N.Y., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee, said that Clinton has been a long term partner who understands the racial divide. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Gov. Paul LePage (R-Maine) is one of the most interesting politicians to follow.

Similar to the shamed Anthony Weiner, one can always assume the worst when LePage’s name begins to trend on social media. Or as Rare Politics’ Matt Purple explains:

“There was the time he said that a Democratic lawmaker was “the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline,” the time he joked that a consequence of bisphenol-A is that “some women may have little beards,” and the time he suggested resurrecting the guillotine as a punishment for serious drug offenders.”

Tuesday was no exception.

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Taking a side in the intense verbal showdown between President-elect Donald Trump and civil rights activist Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), LePage added his own signature flair by saying Lewis should have thanked Trump and other Republicans for freeing the slaves and fighting against Jim Crow laws.

“It was Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves. It was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant that fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple ‘thank you’ would suffice,” LePage said on WVOM’s “George Hale and Rick Tyler Show,” a radio program based in Maine.

Needless to say, Lewis also fought for his own freedom as a noted civil rights activist.

(H/T: The Hill)

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