Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says elimination of the electoral college would hurt "white people."
LePage told WVOM-AM that replacing the electoral college with a popular vote for president would give minorities more power and "white people will not have anything to say."
The Republican made the remark during a wide-ranging discussion.
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LePage said elimination of the electoral college would mean there's never another presidential candidate from small states "Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming, Montana, Rhode Island."
"Why don’t we just adopt the constitution of Venezuela and be done with it? Let’s have a dictator because that's really what you're gonna boil down to," LePage said. "What would happen if they do what they say they're gonna do, white people will not have anything to say. It’s only going to be the minorities who would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida."
This isn't the first time LePage has injected race into a discussion. While governor, he blamed out-of-state, minority dealers for bringing drugs into Maine and added that those out-of-staters often impregnate "young, white" girls while in Maine.