Maine Gov. Paul LePage Friday likened drug dealers to an "enemy" in a war and noted the majority of them were "people of color."

"Look, the bad guy is the bad guy, I don't care what color he is," LePage said. "When you go to war, if you know the enemy and the enemy dresses in red and you dress in blue, then you shoot at red . . . You try to identify the enemy and the enemy right now, the overwhelming majority of people coming in, are people of color or people of Hispanic origin. I can't help that. I just can't help it. Those are the facts."

The American Civil Liberties Union said on Friday it filed a Freedom of Access Act request to review the facts contained in the governor's binder, which he previously said contains photos of every drug dealer arrested in Maine.

LePage has been embroiled in controversy since the release of expletive-laden voicemails he left for a state lawmaker, Rep. Drew Gattine.

The governor later apologized for the outburst.

"I apologize for that to the people of Maine, but I make no apology for trying to end the drug epidemic that is ravaging our state," he said. "Legislators like Gattine would rather be politically correct and protect ruthless drug dealers than work with me to stop this crisis that is killing five Mainers a week."

LePage is an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump and has claimed, "I was Donald Trump before Donald Trump became popular." He has also expressed a desire to work in a potential Trump administration and indicated that he would likely run for the U.S. Senate if no such job with Trump was forthcoming.