Behold Paul LePage’s binder stuffed with blunders.
The malevolent Maine governor on Monday printed the pages of his much-touted binder concerning the state’s drug crimes — and unwittingly proved he’s been utterly fallacious about his most outrageous claims.
LePage has brandished the binder at press conferences, and claims it exhibits that “ninety-plus%” of drug sellers arrested in Maine are black or Hispanic. He has used this quantity to again up his declaration that folks of shade are “the enemy” in Maine’s battle on medication.
LePage has additionally stated this yr that the majority of Maine’s drug arrests are individuals from out of state — “from Waterbury, Connecticut, the Bronx and Brooklyn,” as he put it — and that drug issues may be blamed on “guys with the identify D-Cash, Smoothy, Shifty.”
The 148 pages of his binder — which emerged after a public data request — inform a very completely different story.
The binder includes largely information clips, emails and memos about drug crimes within the Maine throughout LePage’s tenure.
A cursory scroll by the black-and-white scanned pages exhibits that the majority suspects seem like white.
The Portland Press-Herald calculated that of the ninety three suspects pictured, fifty six appear to be white. Which means solely 37 — or forty% of these seen within the binder — are black or Hispanic.
Moreover, the various paperwork element greater than a hundred Mainers being arrested for drug offenses — greater than twice the variety of out-of-staters discovered within the pages. Many of the pages additionally focus solely on arrests, quite than convictions.
And D-Cash, Smoothy and Shifty are nowhere to be discovered.
LePage’s communications director, Peter Steele, informed the Press-Herald no new materials was added to the binder after the ACLU of Maine requested it in late August.
Even with its launch, the binder stays a thriller, as it’s unclear precisely why LePage collects the clips and what position, if any, they play in his coverage choices.
LePage, who has vowed to by no means once more converse to media, hasn’t commented on the discharge.
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