LePage Says ‘We Need A Donald Trump To Show Some Authoritarian Power’

AP

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) praised Donald Trump as a leader who would “show some authoritarian power” on Tuesday, even as he slammed President Barack Obama as an “autocrat.”

“We need a Donald Trump to show some authoritarian power in our country and bring back the rule of law,” LePage said in an interview with Maine radio station WVOM.

He went on to compare Trump to Obama, decrying the President as “an autocrat” who ignores Congress and “just does it on his own.”

As Maine’s Sun Journal newspaper noted, the dictionary defines “autocrat” as a person who behaves in an authoritarian manner.

LePage was seemingly unconcerned by Trump’s comments about forcing himself on women in a 2005 video that resurfaced last week, but conceded that Trump is not the “ideal guy I’d want my daughter going after.”

Lauren LePage, the Maine governor’s daughter, was hired in August by the Trump campaign as state coalitions director.

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