According to News Center Maine, ex-Maine Governor Paul LePage (R) suggested that most of the Democratic party's money comes from Jewish people, and that Jews should be "insulted" by remarks made by a Democratic congresswoman.
"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."
As Maine's governor, he was known to make inflammatory comments about African-Americans.
Before leaving office, he claimed that Maine sent a large contingent of men to fight for the Confederacy during the Civil War, a lie which besmirched the legacy of the many young men that fought and died for the Union. At the time, LePage was angry that communities were tearing down their confederate monuments, and he saw this statement as a way to hijack the conversation.
LePage said that in light of Representative Ilhan Omar's (D-Minn.) comments, he feels "completely vindicated from anything" he has said.
Omar made comments recently which were deemed anti-Semitic by some.
LePage expressed skepticism that Jewish voters would ever leave the Democratic party.
"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."