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LePage suggests Democrats' money comes mostly from Jews

"The Jewish people in America have been great supporters of the Democratic Party," LePage said. "In fact, that's where their money comes from for the most part. They should be absolutely insulted for what she's been saying."
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FILE- In this May 5, 2018, file photo Republican Gov. Paul LePage speaks at the Republican Convention in Augusta, Maine. The former governor of Maine said any elimination of the Electoral College would hurt white people. LePage told WVOM-AM that allowing the popular vote to choose the president would give minorities more power and that “white people will not have anything to say.” Proposals to eliminate the Electoral College are often floated but fail to gain traction. A Maine legislative committee plans to discuss a proposal this week.

PORTLAND, Maine — Former Gov. Paul LePage suggested Monday that the Democratic Party's money comes mostly from Jewish people.

The Republican told WGAN-AM that Jewish people should be "insulted" by a Democratic congresswoman's statements that some viewed as anti-Semitic.

"The Jewish people in America have been great supporters of the Democratic Party," LePage said. "In fact, that's where their money comes from for the most part. They should be absolutely insulted for what she's been saying."

LePage, who has previously grabbed headlines for remarks critics deem racist, said he felt "completely vindicated from anything" he has said in light of freshman Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota. She suggested Israel's supporters were pushing lawmakers to take a pledge of "allegiance" to a foreign country, reviving an anti-Semitic trope of dual loyalties.

LePage said he is "skeptical" that Jewish voters would break away from Democrats.

"I think what they might do, the fundraising might get hurt a little bit," LePage said. "But I don't think they're going to desert the Democratic Party."

LePage in 2012 referred to the IRS as "the new Gestapo." LePage later said he didn't mean to offend the Jewish community or minimize the Holocaust.

LePage's representatives didn't respond to request for comment.