LePage’s re­marks came a day af­ter Don­ald Trump mocked In­dian call cen­tres

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Wash­ing­ton: 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.

I n hi s add r e s s to t he Mai ne Repub­li­can con­ven­tion, wherein the party se­lected its del­e­gates for the July na­tional con­ven­tion, LePage 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 fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trump mocked In­dian call cen­tres but de­scribed In­dia as a “great place”. How­ever, both LePage and Trump suf­fered a set­back at the Maine Con­ven­tion, which elected 19 of the 23 del­e­gates who are Cruz sup­port­ers.

In his speech, LePage was highly crit­i­cal of Cruz, ac­cus­ing him of “stab­bing us in the back”. “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.Sawyer­stabbedusinthe­back,re­neged on the unity slate and be­trayed the peo­ple of Maine,” he said in a state­ment.

Mean­while, Cruz notched up more del­e­gat­esthanTrumponSatur­day.He won at least 65 of the 94 del­e­gates up for grabs over the week­end.

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