Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) warned on Tuesday that abolishing the Electoral College and electing a president based on the national popular vote would thwart the voice of white people in favor of minorities.
“Actually what would happen if they do what they say they’re going do, white people will not have anything to say,” LePage, who served as governor from 2011-2019, said on the Maine radio station WVOM. “It’s only going to be the minorities that would elect. It would be California, Texas, Florida.”
LePage made the comments as he discussed a bill currently being considered in the Maine legislature that would let Maine join other states seeking to bypass the Electoral college and award its electoral votes to the winner of the national popular vote.
LePage said that electing a president based on the popular voted would make Maine residents a “forgotten people.”
“All the small states like Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Wyoming, Montana, Rhode Island, you’ll never see a presidential candidate again. You’ll never see anybody at the national stage come to our state,” he said. “We’re gonna be forgotten people. It’s an insane, insane process.”
“This is so insane. Why don’t we just adopt the constitution of Venezuela and be done with it,” LePage continued. “Let’s have a dictator. That’s what you’re going to boil down to. You’re going to have five or six states that are going to control everything in Washington.”
Colorado is set to become the 12th state, in addition to Washington, D.C., to join a national popular vote interstate compact that wants to award its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote.
In 2016, LePage made national headlines after calling “people of color or people of Hispanic origin” the “enemy.”
“The enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color or people of Hispanic origin,” said LePage.