Alfond calls Gov. LePage 'morally repugnant', Press Herald cites Republican Presidential candidates' 'intolerance' & 'bigotry' as elected officials seek to protect citizens
AUGUSTA – The Maine Republican Party today is calling attention to statements made by Senate Democrat Leader Justin Alfond and the Portland Press Herald Editorial Board regarding the efforts by Governor LePage to protect Maine citizens, and the positions of Republican Presidential candidates that the safety of the American people come first.
In a press release responding to Governor LePage's opposition to unvetted Syrian refugees being placed in Maine, Senator Justin Alfond called Governor LePage's position 'morally repugnant'.
The Portland Press Herald attacked Governor LePage for inciting panic and fear, and claimed that Republican Presidential candidates were trying to “outdo each other with intolerance, and showing an un-American comfort with religious bigotry.”
Furthermore, The Portland Press Herald, in a bizarre twist of logic, cited the fact that there were “only eight” terrorists in the Paris attacks that killed 129 and wounded at least 350 more.
The Press Herald Editorial Board goes on to call attempts to screen refugees “impractical” in an attempt to justify allowing unvetted refugees to settle in Maine cities and towns.
“In a pattern that has become far too familiar, Democrats and liberals in the press have taking to name-calling and slander when confronted with policy differences from Republicans,” said Maine GOP Chairman Rick Bennett. “When Gov. LePage and GOP presidential candidates rightly point out the failures of our national immigration policy, they are labeled ‘bigots’ and ‘intolerant’. Sen. Justin Alfond calls the Governor's concern for the safety of Mainers ‘morally repugnant.’ Soon, no doubt we will hear the charge of ‘racism’ thrown into the mix. Democrat leaders and the liberal media are the first to call out Republicans using disparaging terms, but they think they themselves should be held to a different standard and allowed to impugn the ethics and character of their opponents with abandon.”
“The purpose of such heated, overblown rhetoric is of course to shout down a substantive and helpful public debate and to obscure with epithets the dismal, misguided and ultimately dangerous foreign policy leadership of President Obama and Secretary Hillary Clinton,” said Mr. Bennett.
“There was a time in Maine when reasonable political leaders and journalists understood that a real threat must be met by a united front,” Mr. Bennett said. “Our nation faces an enemy that would slaughter our people in the streets. Now is the time for Democrats and Republicans who care about the safety of the Maine people to come together to oppose this risky refugee plan and demand thorough screening. We can find a solution that works. But we should say enough is enough to Senator Alfond and the Press Herald for disparagement and name-calling and their double-standards on political discourse.”