LePage's comments a "profound misunderstanding of history", say Maine Dems

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You know, I will just say this: John Lewis ought to look at history.

Christopher Cousins of the Bangor Daily News writes that LePage is simply incorrect when it comes to the history of Jim Crow laws, however, as Hayes agreed to "an informal deal after a contested election that gave him the White House in exchange for promising to pull Northern troops out of the South", which thus "allowed Jim Crow laws to take root".

While all three presidents were indeed Republicans-and the Democrats of the 1860s were pro-slavery-the ideological affiliation of America's two primary political parties effectively flipped during the 20th century, as LePage certainly knows.

LePage says, "A simple thank you would suffice".

Lewis, who was one of King's contemporaries in the civil rights movement, said Friday that he wouldn't go to the inauguration because Trump was aided in the 2016 election by Russian hackers and he doesn't view Trump as a "legitimate president". A spokesman for LePage did not immediately respond to the Portland Press Herald's request for clarification.

LePage has been criticized highly for his remarks, especially following days of many people weighing in on both sides of the John Lewis/Donald Trump debacle.

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LePage went to college at Husson College in ME, and later earned an MBA from the University of Maine.

One way to get a sense of who a government representative is is by looking at their record on political positions.

Let's do "look at history". LePage opposes abortion, and he's said some controversial things about drug policy. "And, under normal circumstances, I would have no question at all about participating in this important ceremony, whatever party the incoming President was from", Pingree said in a statement Monday night.

Paul LePage, a Maine Republican with more than the usual number of connections to white extremist groups and controversial opinions about African-American men, was the first governor in America to endorse Donald Trump, and has defended his decision at every turn.

The, er, outspoken governor of ME has done it again. And if you feel so inclined, there are ways to contact his office about how you feel about his comments towards John Lewis.

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