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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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