Editor’s note: This story is part of a series examining Gov. Paul LePage’s legacy as his tenure comes to a close, including his impact on the economy, politics and more. You can read the rest of the series here.
Over the last eight-plus years, Paul LePage grabbed as many headlines for his blunt, sometimes inflammatory comments as for his policy proposals.
LePage, who was elected governor in 2010 and leaves office after two terms in January, said things that attracted attention nationwide, fired up his core supporters and deeply offended many others. Some of those comments are included in the video above, but not all of them.
He called protesters and lawmakers alike “idiots,” state workers “corrupt” and journalists “terrorists.” He associated the IRS with the Nazi Gestapo and blamed immigrants for what he called an increase in infectious diseases in Maine.
Neither this video nor that two-sentence list are comprehensive.
Want to relive more of LePage’s most memorable moments? View our interactive timeline of his governorship here.