GOP Gov. LePage Met With, Encouraged Sovereign Citizens Who Wanted To Hang Democratic Lawmakers
According to an excerpt from the first chapter of As Maine Went: Governor Paul LePage and the Tea Party of Maine, which was reported on The Bangor Daily News, a pair of “sovereign citizen” radio hosts claim that they met with Gov. Paul LePage last year and discussed hanging Democratic lawmakers.
FYI: Gov. LePage considers himself to be “pro-life.”
Bangor Daily News reports, “A review of audio recordings of a conspiracy theory radio show, documents obtained from the governor’s office through Freedom of Access requests and interviews with participants indicate that over a period of eight months from January to September, 2013, Governor Paul LePage held at least eight meetings with a group of Sovereign Citizens, recognized by the FBI and Maine state law enforcement as belonging to “a domestic terrorist movement.””
Talking Points Memo reports:
On one episode of the Aroostook Watchmen show, McCarthy spoke about having met and worked with Schaeffer Cox, the founder of the Alaska Peacemakers Militia, a Sovereign Citizen group. In January 2013, Cox was sentenced to twenty-six years in prison for conspiring to murder federal and state government officials, including judges and law enforcement agents, and for stockpiling illegal weapons and explosives.
This history of violence, much of which is detailed in the law enforcement manual that was handed to Governor LePage, casts a troubling light on some of the topics of conversation at the State House meeting that day, and some of LePage’s responses.
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.
During those meetings, a number of conspiracy theorists weighed in as ‘experts’ with the belief that the federal and state governments are illegitimate and that federal officials and the United Nations are preparing for a genocidal attack on Christian Americans.
Warning: Graphic content. Listen to the audio: