Maine Gov. Paul LePage Compares Removing Confederate Statues to Losing 9/11 Memorial

Maine Gov. Paul LePage  at a town hall meeting on March 8, 2017, in Yarmouth, Maine (Robert F. Bukaty/AP Images)
Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a town hall meeting on March 8, 2017, in Yarmouth, Maine (Robert F. Bukaty/AP Images)

Maine Gov. Paul LePage continues to prove that he has indeed lost his damn mind, comparing the removal of Confederate monuments to removing a monument to those who died in the 9/11 attacks.

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According to the Associated Press, LePage made the comments Thursday morning on WGAN-AM when asked for his reaction to the violent white supremacist rallies in Charlottesville, Va.

“Whether we like it or not, this is what our history is, and to me it’s just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument of those who perished in 9/11,” LePage said. “It will come to that.”

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LePage argued that those who support the removal of a statue of Confederate Civil War Gen. Robert E Lee “don’t even know the history of this country and they are trying to take monuments down.”

LePage—who said he didn’t hear about all the violence until Tuesday because he doesn’t watch TV or read newspapers (???)—did condemn the Ku Klux Klan and its supporters, but then went on to echo some of President Donald Trump’s rhetoric, saying that both sides are “equally as bad,” including those who were demanding the removal of the Lee statue.

“I think what they are standing for is equally as bad; they are trying to erase history,” LePage told WGAN. “How can future generations learn if we are going to erase history? That’s disgusting.”

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Read more at the Chicago Tribune.

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Obfuscatio: philosopher at large

Uh, no.

No, I have not seen it myself to confirm, but I’m pretty sure the 9/11 monument is not there to memorialize the terrorists.

No one is erasing history. They are erasing monuments celebrating a portion of that history. Not the same thing.