Gov. Paul LePage, R-Maine, was sitting in the cockpit of a fighter jet simulator at a Pratt & Whitney facility on Friday, and he was asked what he would like to do.
"I want to find the Portland Press Herald building and blow it up," he replied,according to the Press Herald.
A short time later, when a reporter from WMTW asked LePage whether he had any targets in mind, he identified the Press Herald and the Bangor Daily News.The Daily News first reported the remarks.
Though LePage has obviously had an adversarial relationship with both newspapers, a spokeswoman clarified that his response was clearly a joke.
LePage's official Twitter account similarly downplayed the incident: "Threatened? It was a joke, folks."
It's safe to say not everyone is laughing.