LePage Calls Obama A ‘Dictator’ While Cleaning Up ‘Authoritarian’ Comments

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In a press conference Wednesday morning, Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) cleared up that he meant to describe Donald Trump as “authoritative” rather than “authoritarian” in a Tuesday interview.

“Instead of the word authoritative, I used the word authoritarian,” LePage told reporters, calling it a “misword.”

He also doubled down on his criticism of President Barack Obama, who he called a “dictator.”

“I called him autocratic yesterday, but let me be very clear,” LePage said, winding up. “I believe the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, is a dictator.”

LePage went on to praise Trump as “a very powerful personality.”

The Maine governor held the entire press conference behind a podium adorned with Clinton-scandal-themed Russian nesting dolls:

According to a report by the Portland Press Herald, LePage explained that the dolls represented dwindling global respect for the United States.

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