This Happened: Maine Governor Says John Lewis Should Thank Whites For Ending Slavery 

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Governor Paul LePage says Congressman John Lewis and ‘the Blacks and the NAACP’ should apologize to Whites. 

Maine Governor Paul LePage, one of the first politicians to endorse President-elect Donald Trump, believes Congressman John Lewis and the NAACP owe White people an apology. 

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Yes, you read that right. 

"Criticizing the President. You know, I will just say this. John Lewis ought to look at history. It was Abraham Lincoln that freed the slaves. It was Rutherford B. Hayes and Ulysses S. Grant that fought against Jim Crow laws. A simple 'thank you' would suffice," LePage said Tuesday on WVOM-FM.

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He later continued, the "NAACP should apologize to the White people, to the people from the North for fighting their battle.”

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A Lewis spokesperson said the facts of history contradict LePage's statements about Jim Crow laws, which legalized racial segregation. 

LePage’s comments arise days after John Lewis said Trump was not a "legitimate" president and Trump responded by saying the civil rights legend is "All talk, talk, talk - no action or results."

LePage has been the governor of Maine since 2011. According to reports, Maine boasts a whopping 95 percent White population. 

“I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular … we’re one of the same cloth," LePage said shortly after announcing his endorsement of the President-elect. 

Unfortunately, we'd have to agree.

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