Maine Gas Distributor Won’t Deliver to Trump Supporters
Business owner vows to leave neighbors who voted for president-elect in the cold
An owner of a propane dealership in Maine is refusing to deliver gas to anyone who voted for President-Elect Donald Trump.
Michael Turner, owner of Turner LP Gas in Skowhegan, Maine, recorded a voicemail greeting that leaves little question as to his feelings for those in his community who supported Trump.
“If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas — please find someone else.”
“Thank you for calling Turner LP Gas. If you voted for Donald Trump for president, I will no longer be delivering your gas — please find someone else,” the message states.
Turner isn’t the first person to refuse to do business with Trump voters — in late November, Mathew Blanchfield, CEO of an Albuquerque, New Mexico-based marketing firm, issued a statement saying he would no longer work with Trump supporters.
But unlike Blanchfield, who lives in a county that voted solidly for Hillary Clinton, Turner lives in a county that overwhelmingly supported Trump. Trump won Somerset County, Maine — in which Skowhegan is located — 57.73 percent to Hillary Clinton’s 35 percent.
In Skowhegan specifically, where Clinton performed better than Somerset County at large, Trump still received over 50 percent of the vote and had a 10-point lead on Clinton, according to rough figures published on Skowhegan’s town website. Turner is apparently so distraught over Trump’s win he is willing alienate more than half of his community and possibly sacrifice his livelihood.
But there is something slightly more disquieting to Turner's anti-Trump message. Maine is of course a very, very cold place during the winter, and many Mainers, especially the state's senior citizens, often rely on fuel deliveries to survive Maine's harsh winter months.
Average temperatures in Skowhegan during the winter months are firmly below freezing, with an average high of 31 degrees in December, 26 degrees in January, and 30 in February according to Intellicast.
To refuse to deliver gas in Maine during the winter could be for many a serious issue. Residents will have to find a local alternative or could face a literal life-threatening situation without heat.
Turner did not immediately return calls from LifeZette on Friday.