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Sunday, April 24, 2016

GOPer sounding like Biden re: Indian accent

Bangor, Maine -- Governor Paul LePage said that foreign workers are being used in restaurants, and it's hard to understand them. He said this after he criticized a referendum proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $12.

LePage said it's hard to understand workers "from Bulgaria" and added that workers from India are "the worst ones."

Then vot?

Well take it from me, a guy who's married to an Indian, you can understand them if you listen to their words. India is the largest foreign English-speaking country in the world, and they also happen to be among the hardest working people I know.

I wish LePage was a Democrat instead of a Republican because I like to think the left is more prejudice than conservatives. 

LePage gave the disclaimer people tend to give when making xenophobic or racist remarks.  He said that Indians are "lovely people but you've got to have an interpreter." 

When my wife was working as a crisis counselor for kids, a young woman who worked with her asked, "Do the kids understand you when you speak to them?" This sounds remarkably like something from the LePage playbook. 

Let me be clear--my wife is understood completely by everyone she talks to and has never had a problem being understood. She learned English in India as a young girl in an English medium school. He vocabulary and enunciation is better than people born in the USA, certainly better than Bernie Sanders. To question her like that young lady did was rude and obnoxious.

The good news--the woman was eventually fired for another stupid statement she made with prejudicial undertones.