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Guv of Maine says it’s tough to decode Indians

Indian workers are the “worst” and the “hardest” ones to understand, Republican governor of US state of Maine Paul LePage said, stirring another controversy by his party members in this election cycle.

Guv of Maine says it’s tough to decode Indians
Paul LePage, Governor of Maine


In his address to the Maine Republican convention, wherein the party selected its delegates for the July national convention, Page alleged that foreign workers are being used in local restaurants. 

LePage said workers from India are “hardest” and “the worst ones” to understand and one has to get an interpreter to talk to an Indian. However, he then quickly described Indians as “lovely” people. His remarks came a day after Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump mocked Indian call centres but described India as a “great place”.

Both LePage and Trump suffered a setback at the Maine Convention, which elected 19 of the 23 delegates who are Cruz supporters. Maine is a small north eastern state in the US. 

In his speech, LePage was highly critical of Cruz. “We reached a deal with Cruz’s national campaign to put up a unity slate that would honour the wishes of the thousands of Mainers who voted at caucus. But Cruz’s Northeast Political Director David Sawyer lied to us and broke the deal. Sawyer stabbed us in the back, reneged on the unity slate and betrayed the people of Maine,” he said in a statement.

On Saturday, Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump made headlines after he said he had used fake Indian accent to mock a call center representative in India. 

The billionaire from New York said that he called up his credit card company to find out whether their customer support is based in the US or overseas, and the reply was “India”. At the same time, he described India as a great place, asserting that he is not angry with Indian leaders. 

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