The Democratic Party is calling on Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump to condemn Maine Governor Paul LePage’s use of gay slurs in a voicemail he left for a state lawmaker.
As we previously reported, LePage left that voicemail for Democratic Rep. Drew Gattine:
“Mr. Gattine, this is Gov. Paul Richard LePage,” a recording of the governor’s phone message says. “I would like to talk to you about your comments about my being a racist, you c**ksucker. I want to talk to you. I want you to prove that I’m a racist. I’ve spent my life helping black people and you little son-of-a-bitch, socialist c**ksucker. You … I need you to, just friggin. I want you to record this and make it public because I am after you. Thank you.”
DNC spokesperson TJ Helmstetter responded to that tired in a statement released on Friday:
“Yesterday, Hillary Clinton made a poignant call for Americans of all political stripes to denounce hatred and for Donald Trump to distance his campaign from hate groups. The same day, a Republican governor was shouting anti-gay slurs into a political opponent’s voicemail. The Republican Party has a lot of house cleaning to do if it wants to expand its appeal beyond those who find such bigotry acceptable. The Trump campaign should start by condemning LePage’s hateful rant.”