Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Tuesday said that penalties for drug traffickers are not harsh enough, suggesting that the state execute those criminals, perhaps with a guillotine.
During his weekly interview on Maine radio station WVOM, LePage was asked about a push for harsher penalties for those who import drugs into the state.
“I think the death penalty should be appropriate for people that kill Mainers,” he responded.
The governor said that he’s pushed for much longer minimum sentences for drug traffickers.
“Actually, if you want my honest opinion, we should give them an injection of the stuff they sell,” LePage added.
“What I think we ought to do is bring the guillotine back,” he continued. “We could have public executions.”
Earlier this month, LePage was criticized for comments about drug dealers while discussing the heroine epidemic in the state.
“These are guys with the name D-Money, Smoothie, Shifty… these types of guys… they come from Connecticut and New York, they come up here, they sell their heroin, they go back home,” LePage said. “Incidentally, half the time they impregnate a young, white girl before they leave, which is a real sad thing because then we have another issue we have to deal with down the road.”