A Republican former governor of Maine claimed Monday the Democratic Party’s “money comes from” Jewish donors “for the most part” — escalating a recent spate of rhetoric from elected officials and media figures that has been widely criticized as bigoted.
Paul LePage, who left the Augusta governor’s mansion in January after two terms in office, made the remarks during an interview with a local radio station in Portland, Maine, in which he rebuked statements Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has made about Israel over the past month.
“The Jewish people in America have been great supporters of the Democratic Party,” LePage told WGAN-AM. “In fact, that’s where their money comes from for the most part. They should be absolutely insulted for what she’s been saying.”
LePage last appeared on JMG when he declared that abolishing the electoral college would mean that white people would no longer have a voice in elections.