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Maine Governor Paul LePage completing a daily morning rant.
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Maine Governor Paul LePage Can’t Last 1 Minute In The Presence Of Silent Protesters Before Walking Off Stage

‘Thank you, you idiots’ Governor and Donald Trump fanboy loses his cool instantly

Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks during the dedication of the University of Maine at Farmington Education Center on campus to former UMF President Theodora J. Kalikow on Tuesday before abruptly walking away in response to a protester's sign.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage speaks during the dedication of the University of Maine at Farmington Education Center  before abruptly walking away in response to a protester’s sign. Credit: Ann Bryant/Sun Journal

It really hasn’t been a good week for Maine’s Republican Governor and noted Donald Trump supporter Paul LePage.

Less than a week after implying he prefers heroin addicts to die from overdose instead of giving them the proven antidote Naloxone, and just days removed from a bizarre rant about immigrant workers in Maine’s hospitality industry – where he most notably said “And the worst ones? They’re from India,” – the embattled Tea Party governor again found himself in an uncomfortable position after walking off the stage in response to protesters silently demonstrating against a tenure in office marred by backward policies and egregiously offensive comments.

LePage was among a handful of guests invited to speak at the University of Maine at Farmington’s event Tuesday honoring the construction of a new Education Center in dedication to former UMF President Theodora J. Kalikow.

He was met by students silently holding up poster-size signs saying things like “LePage: Maine’s Shame” and “Report Card, Subject: Environmental Issues, Theo Kalikow A+ Paul LePage F.”

That apparently was all the thin-skinned Governor could reasonably withstand, walking off the stage mid-speech.

“Thank you, you idiots,” LePage said, waving to the protesters as he walked past a large crowd of faculty, community leaders, students, and administrative staff gathering to honor Kalikow.

Ally Hammond, an Auburn native and UMF freshman who held up one of the signs said she came to the protest because she finds LePage’s tenure and rhetoric to be offensive and that she doesn’t believe he truly represents “Maine values.”

Ally Hammond, a freshman psychology major at University of Maine at Farmington, holds the sign she raised Tuesday during the naming ceremony of the Theodora J Kalikow Education Center, seen behind her in this photo.
Ally Hammond, a freshman psychology major at University of Maine at Farmington, holds the sign she raised Tuesday during the naming ceremony of the Theodora J Kalikow Education Center, seen behind her in this photo. Credit: Andree Kehn/Sun Journal

“He’s outwardly very rude,” said Hammond, “He makes offensive comments and he makes no effort to protect our environment, which I think is one of Maine’s most important assets. He’s openly insulted educators and education itself for some reason, which is another big problem.”

Hammond said their intent was merely to hold their signs quietly in the back of the crowd, and had no intention of disrupting the ceremony in any capacity.

She added further in a Facebook post that “April 26th, 2016 will forever rest in my memory as the day Paul LePage personally called me an idiot.”

Watch the videos and see LePage’s imbecilities for yourself:

Also, for those keeping score at home, LePage also believes Donald Trump will be “one of the greatest presidents.”

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