The sovereign citizens movement has a new ally: Maine Governor Paul LePage. A new book called As Maine Went: Governor Paul LePage and the Tea Party Takeover of Maine by Mike Tipping reveals some of the terrifying details about the governor and his conspiracy with the so-called “sovereign citizens ” movement, the Tea Party, and other factions of the deranged right.
In the segment offered via TPM, we catch a glimpse of a usual Monday morning along the Maine/Canadian boarder, where folks tune in to listen to the hosts of the Aroostook Watchmen radio show, Jack McCarthy and Steve Martin. The Watchmen talked of the usual suspects that Monday morning– new proof that Sandy Hook was a false flag, that the Jewish senators like Diane Feinstein were attempting to disarm American patriots so they could kick off their “holocaust against America’s Christian population” — you know, the usual, mundane things you’d expect to hear on crank radio.
With one exception. Stepping away from international Jewish Banker/New World Order tin-foil hat conspiracies, they discussed something a little more local: McCarthy’s hour-and-a-half meeting with Maine Governor Paul LePage, two days earlier:
The meeting with the governor had taken place two days after McCarthy and a group of fellow conspiracy theorists calling themselves the Constitutional Coalition held a press conference at the State House. They stood behind a podium in the Hall of Flags (just outside LePage’s suite of offices) and announced that the president of the Maine Senate, the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives, and Governor LePage had all violated their oaths and should be removed from office. The group explained that they had submitted a set of “remonstrances” to all three government officials on January 14 accusing them of acting unlawfully and had received no reply. Under their unique interpretation of the Maine Constitution, this meant that all three politicians must surrender their elected offices. The men were there to announce their intention to enforce that judgment.
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The remonstrances the group submitted to LePage and the legislature accused Maine’s government of being unlawful, of having illegally accepted and used unconstitutional currency (anything other than gold and silver), and of coordinating with UNESCO, UNICEF, NATO, and the UN to deprive Americans of their property rights. An e-mail sent to the governor’s office by Constitutional Coalition spokesperson Phil Merletti, along with the remonstrance document, declared that legislators who had violated their oaths in this way were committing treason and domestic terrorism. He suggested that they listen to the Aroostook Watchmen radio show for more information.
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When discussing Senate President Justin Alfond and House Speaker Mark Eves, both Democrats, McCarthy apparently claimed that they were guilty of “high treason” and noted that the penalty for treason hadn’t changed in a hundred years.
“I never said it, but the governor said it. I never opened my mouth and said the word,” explained McCarthy. “The governor looked at us and looked at his buddy and said, ‘They’re talking about hanging them.’” (The “buddy” was apparently a member of LePage’s legal staff.)
According to McCarthy, at another point in the conversation, when discussing federal funding, LePage said, “If I go any further with this bill, with this refusal to accept federal money, they will surround this building and kill me.”
“I believe he thinks that literally, absolutely literally. I said if you call we will come and defend you,” said McCarthy on his show.
Sure; hanging Democrats seems like a reasonable topic for a governor to be discussing.
LePage has been in office ever since 2011, and has since met with members of the “sovereign citizens” movement at least eight times in the past, and according to the Portland Press Herald, was a guest on the Aroostook Watchman radio show during his 2010 campaign, drawing criticism from a number of groups.
You can read the entire first chapter over on TPM.
A governor with a known history of being a rudderless, amoral coward, cavorting with armed and dangerous religious extremists and anti-Semites who advocate for people to be executed, in a state where the typical Republican leadership expresses logically questionable views? I don’t see what could possibly go wrong.
h/t Crooks and Liars