Maine Gov. LePage: Removing Confederate statues is like taking down 9/11 memorials

Ruben Ruiz
August 18, 2017

"Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our lovely statues and monuments", he wrote. "How can future generations learn if we are going to erase history?"

On Thursday, President Trump continued hitting his talking point that removing Confederate statues and monuments from public spaces is a slippery slope.

Paul LePage said Thursday that taking down Confederate monuments is like taking down monuments honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

'They are trying to erase history, ' Governor LePage said. "I think they're disgusting - both sides", LePage said.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a auto driven by a suspected white supremacist drove into a crowd protesting marches of neo-Nazis and members of the KKK over the weekend.

"Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is", he added, ignoring that the Confederacy was a different country altogether. "It will come to that".

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But LePage said he wasn't even aware of the violence that had occurred because he doesn't watch TV or read newspapers.

The governor went on to discuss his long history of fighting the KKK. Do you think that the Antifa protesters and members of the alt-left, as president Trump calls them, are equally responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, or is it the fault of the neo-Nazi's and white nationalists?

Maine's Republican governor likened the removal of Confederate statues across the country to tearing down monuments to those who died in the terror attacks on September 11.

Governor Paul LePage likens the removal of Civil War monuments to that of the removal of 9/11 memorials.

The comments from LePage and Trump drew immediate condemnation from Maine Democrats. He is prevented by term limit laws from running for re-election in 2018.

Republican Paul LePage, who represents ME, stood firm with the president while expressing his disgust at actions following Charlottesville.

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