PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says a federal judge who allowed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump to proceed is an “imbecile.”

The Republican governor hurled the insult after learning Judge Peter J. Messitte allowed the lawsuit accusing Trump of receiving unconstitutional gain through the presidency to move forward.

Maryland and the District of Columbia are suing the Republican president. The case was limited to the president’s involvement with the Trump International Hotel in Washington.

The judge cited LePage’s stay at a Trump hotel as an example of how officials may feel obligated to stay there. LePage’s office adamantly rejected any suggestion of a quid pro quo.

LePage told WGME-TV he hopes his insult reaches the judge. The judge didn’t immediately respond to a message from The Associated Press.

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