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“A National Embarrassment”: Maine Gov. LePage; Bring Back The Guillotine

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the guillotine should be brought back so there can be public executions of drug traffickers.

In a radio interview Tuesday on WVOM, LePage said legislative proposals to increase prison sentences for drug traffickers do not do enough.

“I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people who kill Mainers,” LePage said. “We should give them an injection of the stuff they sell.”

He said he was “appalled” at critics, such as the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, who are angry over his comments, saying they are protecting drug traffickers.

“What we ought to do is bring the guillotine back,” he said, interrupting the hosts. “We could have public executions and we could even have which hole it falls in.”

LePage, who is no stranger to controversial remarks, earlier this month got into hot water for comments he made about drug dealers impregnating white women.

“With the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty — these types of guys — they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage said at a town hall event. He added, “Half the time they impregnate a young white girl before they leave.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, whom LePage has endorsed for president, defended his surrogate at the time.

“We all know that he shoots from the hip, and when he does that there are going to be times when even he, in retrospect, thinks he shouldn’t have said,” Christie said in an interview with “Morning Joe.”

 

By: Eliza Collins, Politico, January 26, 2016

January 28, 2016 - Posted by | Capital Punishment, Death Penalty, Paul LePage | , , , ,

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