LePage Says Asylum Seekers Are Bringing ‘The Ziki Fly,’ HIV To Maine

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Critics of LePage on Thursday, Jan. 14, took up a longshot bid to impeach him over allegatio... FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2016, file photo, Gov. Paul LePage speaks at a news conference at the State House in Augusta, Maine. Critics of LePage on Thursday, Jan. 14, took up a longshot bid to impeach him over allegations of abuse of power. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File) MORE LESS
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) said asylum seekers are “the biggest problem in our state” because they are bringing “hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV, the ‘ziki fly,'” (sic) according to a Tuesday report from local radio station MPBN.

“Asylum seekers—I think the biggest problem in our state—and I’ll explain that to you,” LePage said at a town hall in Freeport, Maine.

Attendees yelled “Shame, shame” at LePage after he made the comment, according to MPBN News.

The governor then tried to explain that asylum seekers are not receiving proper medical assessments.

“And what happens is you get hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV, the ‘ziki fly,’ (sic) all these other foreign type of diseases that find a way to our land,” he said, as quoted by MPBN News.

LePage is known for making hyperbolic statements about the problems he believes are plaguing Maine, including implying that black drug dealers are impregnating his white constituents and advocating for child labor.

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  1. Avatar for imkmu3 imkmu3 says:

    "And what happens is you get hepatitis C, tuberculosis, AIDS, HIV, the
    'ziki fly,’ (sic) all these other foreign type of diseases that find a
    way to our land,”

    He went on to hop onto his desk and scream, “They are after our precious bodily fluids! It’s just like invasion of the body snatchers!”

    Edit to the above: There is no way LePage could hop up on anything.

  2. He’s a charmer, that’s fer sure…

  3. Because Maine in February is very hospitable to tropical mosquitos…
    Wait! That’s it! Mosque – mosqu-itos! It means little flying mosques! It’s all so clear now!

  4. He’s like your crazy right-wing uncle, except that he can actually call a press conference and have people show up, as opposed to preaching to an audience of duck decoys in the den.

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