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Maine governor Paul LePage (R) spoke to the press Friday morning, to clarify his racist comment this week that drug dealers with names like “D-Money, Smoothie, and Shifty” were coming to Maine from out of state — and that “they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave.”

But in his statement this morning, the Tea Party darling somehow managed to make things even worse.

For a moment, it seemed like LePage was about to show some contrition: “That whole time, I made one slip-up, I made one word of slip-up — I might’ve made many slip-ups. I was going impromptu, and my brain didn’t catch up to my mouth.”

But then, he kept on talking: “Instead of saying ‘Maine women,’ I said ‘white women.’ And I’m not going to apologize to the Maine women for that — because if you go to Maine, you will see that we are essentially 95 percent white.”

Well, thank you for explaining.

Video via NBC News.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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Doug Mastriano is a QAnon conspiracy theorist and January 6 insurrectionist who this week won the Republican nomination for Pennsylvania governor. Mastriano is also anti-Muslim: He previously shared an image with the words, “Stop Islam” and a post claiming that “the American People have a right to be fearful of the prospect of a large number of muslims being elected to congress, specifically if they practice Sharia law.”

In addition to running for governor, Mastriano is a Pennsylvania state senator, a right-wing commentator, and a frequent guest in right-wing media. He regularly pushes lies about the 2020 election being stolen from former President Donald Trump.

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