Maine Gov. Paul LePage reiterated his strong support of Donald Trump on Tuesday, calling the Republican presidential candidate "a breath of fresh air" and insisting the U.S. may need him to unleash "authoritarian power."
LePage's unwavering approval came as many of his fellow GOP lawmakers withdrew support of Trump following the release of a tape in which the real-estate tycoon boasts of grabbing women's genitals.
The leader of the Pine Tree State, who is no stranger to controversy because of his own outlandish statements over the years, told George Hale and Ric Tyler on Maine's WVOM Radio:
"Sometimes I wonder that our Constitution is not only broken, but we need a Donald Trump to show some authoritarian power in our country and bring back the rule of law.
"Because we've had eight years of a president — he's an autocrat, he just does it on his own, he ignores Congress and every single day, we're slipping into anarchy. I just think that four more years of a similar mentality is going to destroy this nation."
The Merriam-Webster definition of "authoritarian'' is somebody "expecting or requiring people to obey rules or laws" and "not allowing personal freedom." Authoritarian governments have been dramatized in such movies as "1984," "Brazil" and "Children of Men."
Le Page called Trump "a breath of fresh air" compared to Hillary Clinton.
"[Clinton] lies, takes money from foreign countries and gets a free pass ... I would rather have [Trump] stick his foot in his mouth than Hillary having her hand in my pocket," LePage said.
Since The Washington Post bared a 2005 tape in which Trump bragged to TV's Billy Bush that "when you're a star," you can "do anything" to women, lawmakers such as Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire have withdrawn their support.
As well, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin said he would no longer defend Trump or campaign with him, a declaration which has plunged the GOP into chaos, with many Trump supporters condemning his about-face.
LePage conceded that in the wake of Trump's lewd remarks, he wouldn't be the "ideal guy I'd want my daughter going after ... But I will tell you one thing. As head of state, is he going to protect our nation and fight the debt, or is he going to go after interns?"
The crack was a reference to former President Bill Clinton's dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. The Trump campaign employs LePage's daughter Lauren LePage, a law student, as coordinator in charge of getting Trump supporters to the polls in Maine.
LePage also slammed Sen. Susan Collins of Maine who is not supporting Trump, saying he was not a "fan'' of the moderate Republican lawmaker.
"I am from the Grand Old Party and I am from the party of Ronald Reagan. That is different than the people who claim to be Republicans that are out there shooting their mouths off," he said.
LePage himself is notorious for shooting from the lip.
In August, LePage called a Maine state legislator a "little son-of-a-b***, socialist" after the lawmaker criticized the governor for saying "90-plus percent" of drug-trafficking suspects arrested during the state's heroin epidemic were "black and Hispanic people."
LePage also called Khizr Khan — the father of a U.S. Army captain killed Iraq and who attacked Trump's proposed Muslim ban at the Democratic National Convention — a "con artist."
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