Maine governor to student protestors: ‘Thanks, idiots’

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FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — An angry Republican Maine Gov. Paul LePage has cut short an address at a university after being confronted by two students holding signs critical of him and has called the students “idiots.”

The outspoken governor was the featured speaker Tuesday at the dedication of the Theodora J. Kalikow Education Center, named for the former University of Maine at Farmington president.

He’d just stepped to the podium and started to speak when the students held up the signs, one of which said “LePage: Maine’s Shame.” LePage left the stage mid-speech, waved to the students and said, “Thanks, idiots.”

University of Maine System Chancellor James H. Page took LePage’s place, and the ceremony continued.

LePage has gotten into trouble for previous remarks. Over the weekend he said Bulgarian workers are difficult to understand and those from India are “the worst ones.”

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