Maine Gov. Paul LePage: Taking Down Confederate Monuments Is Like Taking Down Monuments To 9/11

The Hill reports:

Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) on Thursday defended President Trump’s claim that “both sides” were responsible for the violence that erupted at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., over the weekend, comparing Confederate memorials to those put up to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

“I think what they are standing for is equally as bad. They are trying to erase history,” said LePage, a Republican and staunch Trump ally who has garnered a reputation for making controversial and inflammatory statements. “How can future generations learn if we’re going to erase history? That’s disgusting.

“Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is,” he added. “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. It will come to that.”

  • AJ Drew

    IF there was a statue of the terrorists who took over the planes, he’d have a point. Otherwise, no.

    • CanuckDon

      Or a statue of Timothy McVeigh.

      • Todd20036

        How about a monument of a him in an electric chair?

        • Christopher

          It would be no different than people who wear crucifixes.

      • Dagoril

        I’m surprised Drumpf hasn’t commissioned one yet. After all McVeigh was a “fine person”.

      • Nowhereman

        Excellent point! And that will be my go-to response to their bothsiderism.

        • CanuckDon

          Add David Koresh as well.

      • UrsusArctos

        or Eric Rudolph.

  • Gustav2

    “Just like” if those memorials were for the terrorists.

  • Jerry Hinnant

    God what an imbecile.

  • Leo
  • IAMBOWLINGGREEN

    No, it’s like taking down monuments to Dylann Roof and Timothy McVeigh.

    • CanuckDon

      And David Koresh.

  • pch1013

    “Fuck you, asshole!”

    – Every Maine Yankee today. Including my mom.

  • bkmn

    Dear Maine, please stop electing this shit.

  • Jefe5084

    Still not back on his meds.

  • Robert Flanagan

    There is not one monument to Hitler in Germany and they have not forgotten their history. Are all Trump Supporters idiots?

    • Talisman

      Yes.

    • kelven

      Your avatar has the perfect expression for your comment.

    • FAEN

      Yes.

    • Todd20036

      Indeed. Taking down monuments to Confederate generals is like taking down monuments to the terrorists who flew the planes into the Twin Towers.

      And we didn’t build any of those.

    • JW Swift

      Yeah, there’s a teeny tiny problem with his logic. The 9/11 monuments are memorials of the victims, not the hijackers. Whereas the Civil War monuments are memorializing the leaders of the war, NOT the victims thereof.

      • Steverino

        Lack of critical thinking skills, and use of logical fallacies as a result of this lack (in this case, false equivalency) is a particularly right-wing ideological bugaboo.

        • Joseph Miceli

          To which, if you point that out to them, they will say, “Benghazi!”

      • clay

        (a lot of them are memorializing the “victims” of the war of Northern Aggression, the poor, poor white sons of the South, Lee was just convenient when most Confederates don’t respect Lee, anyway)

        • Tulle Christensen

          yes the war of Northern Aggression where the North forced the State of South Carolina to attack Fort Sumter

      • Joseph Miceli

        To which I say, are there any monuments here in the south commemorating all the slaves who died in the passage from Africa? How about the ones who had their families broken up? The ones who were raped, tortured, maimed and killed? Where are the monuments to black people who suffered through Jim Crow? We have some MLK streets, but that’s hardly a pip on the radar.

    • TrueWords

      I missed the part when the 9/11 terrorists were memorialized as heros.

      • Joseph Miceli

        Wait…you didn’t get the super secret memo hand delivered by a furtive Bernie Bros socialist along with your check from George Soros for posting on this website?

    • Nowhereman

      If they went to schools that use text books edited for Texas, then probably yes. In their minds, slaves were indentured servants and treated just like family. The Civil War was the War of Northern aggression. Betsy DeVos would like to see public school children taught the buybull and be delivered to Jesus…

      • Crazy Russian

        I’m pretty sure Betsy DeVos would like to see public schools driven out of existence.

        • Nowhereman

          That’s her plan. For-profit Christian charter schools paid for with public money.

    • Chris Baker

      After communism fell, thousands of Lenin/Stalin/Whoever statues were torn down. Why would anyone want to honor someone who dragged their ancestors into a war against their country, a war they eventually lost? A war that was for states’s rights (a state’s right to allow slavery).
      Unless you are trying to remember a time when black people were slaves and kept under control?

    • Octoberfurst

      Yes they are. I can’t tell you how many times I have argued with these morons online who keep saying, “Don’t erase our history!” Nobody is “erasing” your history. We just don’t want to HONOR it as if what they did was noble. Monuments are played to pay respects to individuals and events. Why should we pay respects to a group of people who wanted to keep slavery going? And like you said there are no monuments to Hitler or his crew in Germany & they remember their history.
      I often like to ask the “remember our history” numbskulls if we should have a monument to the 9-11 hijackers. After all we want to remember our history right? For some reason that comparison pisses them off.

    • No More GOP.

      Oh, yes. Yes, they are.

    • Caliban M

      you really didn’t have to ask did you?

    • helenwheels74
  • shellback

    If you support trump, YOU ARE A NAZI!

    • Chucktech

      Or a traitor. Or an idiot.

      • vorpal 😼

        Many are all three.

        I’m not sure it’s possible to be a Nazi without being an idiot.

      • Nowhereman

        Or some combination of all–

  • TheManicMechanic

    Um, no. It’s more like preventing someone from putting up an Osama bin Laden statue in NYC.

  • Adam King

    If the monuments were statues glorifying the suicidal hijackers, then yeah, it’s exactly like that.

  • Nick in Pasadena

    Statues are erected to celebrate and honor. They’re not erected to “preserve history.” What an idiot.

  • olandp

    Proof positive that the south has no monopoly on willful ignorance.

    • Gustav2

      The Lost Cause Racism is a communicable disease and Republicans are the carriers.

  • skyweaver

    What is hard about of brutalizing a part of our population, and how we shouldn’t honor that? No matter how long ago it was? Or how much sweet tea on the porch was drunk?

  • Ken M

    FORGIVE KATHY GRIFFEN!!! AN ARTIST BEFORE HER TIME. (by about 3 months)

  • The 9/11 victims are rolling over in their graves. Hope they haunt his worthless @ss for eternity.

  • bkmn

    Hey all,
    Just a reminder that the pace of things is really out of control these days – remember to take breaks as needed to maintain your sanity and keep your blood pressure in check. Don’t let the assholes ruin your health or peace of mind. Taking time away from your computer is good.

  • Do Something Nice

    OT: It’s looking like there was a terror attack here in Barcelona. At least 2 dead and ‘dozens’ injured. Hostage situation nearby, but nobody is saying it is related.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/08/17/van-ploughs-crowd-barcelona1/

  • boobert

    What has this got to do with him? Does Maine have confederate monuments?

  • Kelly Lape

    Governor Lapage and his supporters prove the axiom that the Appalachians don’t stop in the south.

  • Karl Dubhe

    I didn’t think you put up any monuments to the people who caused 9/11. Or, am I wrong?

    • UrsusArctos

      45* saw them building one in NJ.

      • JW Swift

        Dozens, even.

  • clay

    “How can future generations learn [to admire racist oppression] if we’re going to erase history?”

    I don’t know, maybe they’ll learn history from books, rather than statues?

    • JW Swift

      Eh, how many Millennials have you seen reading books lately? (Not that they’d bother spending time looking up from their phones or tablets to view statues in parks, either.)

  • Jefe5084
  • Rex

    They can’t erase history, there are these things called books.
    Ignorant fool.

    • Karl Dubhe

      They can if they burn all of the books. 🙁

      • Nowhereman

        Have you read Fahrenheit 451 or seen the movie made of it? Chilling. And prophetic.

        • Karl Dubhe

          Book was better.

          IIRC, the first Chinese Emperor burnt books after taking over. 🙁 So, it’s not really a new story. Just one that gets re-written from time to time.

  • Governor LePage always brings a word to my mind:
    “Wackadoodle”

  • Refugay

    The Confederate army killed millions of Americans-monuments to commemorate them is more like erecting a statue to honor the terrorists that flew planes into the WTC towers on 9/11.

  • coram nobis

    This is the governor of Maine, a state that fought entirely on the Union side. I imagine that the state has a monument to the 20th Maine, who saved the day at Gettysburg, and to its commander, Joshua Chamberlain. Where is he on that?

    • boatboy_srq

      It’s right there in Deering Park. Of course, that’s in Portland, and LePage never goes there (too far from Waterville).

    • clay

      he’ probably thinks it’s the only item necessary for history education in public schools.

    • Dagoril

      Chamberlain was obviously a liberal terrorist.

  • Rex

    Well, these statues are doing one thing, they’re exposing the racist bigots that are among us.

    • Nowhereman

      I feel like a huge national boil is coming to a head. It’s going to be painful and it will make quite a mess, but we will be better off for it when it’s over.

      • thatotherjean

        I wish we could hurry up and get it over with. C’mon, Mueller!

    • Ken M

      No No No..you mean the lovers of history : )

  • popebuck1

    No, it’s like taking down AL QAEDA’S monuments to 9/11. What part of that don’t you get?!

  • boatboy_srq

    Let’s see how LePage feels about a monument to the brave English settlers who pushed the French Canadians out of (then) Massachusetts and into Acadia.

    • Ken M

      His reaction would be simple “Huh?” He and Trump have a lot in common.

      • boatboy_srq

        LePage is Quebecois at heart, and the expulsion of the French to Acadia is something every Maine schoolchild learns (repeatedly). THAT is something he would recognize.

  • Tawreos

    Does anyone know what drugs he is on and could I please have some?

    • boatboy_srq

      Depends. Do you WANT to be on Aricept and Namenda?

    • Adam King

      First you need to find a black drug dealer from Massachusetts who’ll impregnate your daughter….

    • Blake Jordan

      Like most old, fat, straight, white cisgender men who are rethuglicans… OXY!!!

    • William

      You will really want to cut back the dosage.

    • Reality.Bites

      Why bother? If you want us all to hate you, just register as a Republican. 😉

      • Tawreos

        Like I would need another reason to hate myself.

  • edrex

    one could argue that erecting statues to the LOSERS of the the confederacy is actually trying to erase history. you know, the historical fact that the Union won?

  • ByronK

    In LePage’s case, the hamster wheel is not spinning and the cage has been emptied.

    • Jefe5084

      he is the little hamster turd and pee-stained pile of wood shavings in the corner.

  • Blake Jordan

    If any of the monuments stay up, then massive signs must be attached to them explaining what horrific people these statues are commemorating!!!
    There must be nothing sanitized or honorable left about them!!!!!!

    • FAEN

      I think “Traitorous Bastard” signs next to them is fair.

    • matrem

      Why? The people want to keep them up clearly don’t think slavery was so bad.

      • Nowhereman

        Those who think that slavery is a good thing should go be a slave for a few years and then get back to us.

    • Adam King

      The should tilt them on their sides and put them under little-boy-pissing fountains.

  • FAEN

    Except it’s NOT like that Blanche.

  • coram nobis

    Col. Joshua Chamberlain, of the 20th Maine regiment, here performed by Jeff Daniels.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTZSwgnWtuA

  • Smokey

    Help me out here, is it willful ignorance? Calculated trolling? Baiting “liberals”? Preserving (R) power? It’s difficult to think people like LePage or Gingrich truly believe the nonsense they spout.

  • Michael R
  • Nowhereman

    They just don’t get it. Taking down confederate monuments is not at all like taking down monuments to those who died on 9-11. It’s more like taking down monuments to the mostly Saudi Arabian terrorists who flew passenger jets into the twin towers and the pentagon. Here’s a clue, governor–in words you may understand: NAZIS AND CONFEDERATES ARE THE BAD GUYS. Those of us who oppose them are the good guys.

  • MB

    Barcelona terror attack: Van drives into crowd of people in central Las Ramblas area. Police say a ‘massive crash’ has occurred and have shut down transport links in the area

    http://www.independent.co.uk/s3/files/styles/article_large/public/thumbnails/image/2017/08/17/16/barcelona.jpg

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/barcelona-attack-las-ramblas-van-shooting-victims-injured-spain-city-centre-a7898681.html

  • Yixing’s Fluffer

    All the idiot uncles have to chime in with their two cents.

  • Michael R
    • Todd20036

      He’ll be the GOP’s next presidential candidate after Trump

    • William

      Mind if I drop that off a cliff?

  • Bluto

    Just think, 100’s of thousands of people will read this absurdity & say
    “Oh, that makes sense. We must preserve our history from the unpatriotic liberals!” There’s a handful in my own family.

  • UrsusArctos

    Racist idiot. The ONLY monument the governor of FREAKING Maine should be proud of are the ones at Gettysburg and other battlefields honoring the men of Maine who died to preserve the Union. http://gettysburg.stonesentinels.com/union-monuments/maine/

  • Texndoc

    I had once read of a movement or opinion the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1939 should be stripped from “Gone With the Wind” and awarded to “Wizard of Oz”. I used to think it was silly but now wouldn’t be surprised by the announcement of a little segment at next year’s show.

    • coram nobis

      They had plenty of good films to pick from in 1939, so it wasn’t like GWTW was an obvious choice. Wizard of Oz; Wuthering Heights; The Women; Stagecoach; Goodbye Mr. Chips; Dark Victory; Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Differing films, but any of them would have qualified as Best Picture.

      • canoebum

        I have always considered Gone with the Wind to be a soap opera on a grand scale. Totally unwatchable.

        • Texndoc

          I adore Vivien Leigh and Olivia DeHavilland’s performances together, especially knowing the gay director Cukor who was fired from the production but who they both turned to the entire time for how to do it, being both practically ignored by Fleming.

          • thatotherjean

            Butterfly McQueen as Scarlett’s maid Prissy stole every single scene in which she appeared. In a better world, she would have won an Academy Award for that–although Hattie McDaniel did win Best Supporting Actress for Mammy.

        • Octavio

          I had never seen it until I was 30 years old. My room mate insisted that we go to a showing at the Castro Theatre. We were kicked out for laughing too much.

      • Texndoc

        Well I for one welcome this Oscar revision trend then. Either Jon Voight or Dustin Hoffman should be named Best Actor of 1969 for Midnight Cowboy (John Wayne is dead and we won’t hear from him) and no way Beatrice Straight deserved a Best Supporting Actress award for a 10 minute scene in Network.

        • coram nobis

          Jean Hagen for “Singin’ In The Rain”
          “Brokeback Mountain” for Best Picture
          “Citizen Kane”, Best Picture, Director, Actor, Editing, Sound
          Judy Garland for “A Star is Born” and “Judgment at Nuremberg”

          • Texndoc

            Streisand for “The Way We Were”. As Rex Reed said it was her dramatic tour de force and if she had been a nicer person offscreen in the 1970s she would have walked away with it.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “The Academy oughta come to you for votes.”
        “They oughta go to somebody.”

  • Octavio

    Terror attack on Las Ramblas in Barcelona. A van plowed into a crowd of tourists. No news yet on how many injured or dead.

    • coram nobis
      • Octavio

        I’m watching the CBS live feed. From the live video it appears there are at least three dead bodies scattered about. Also, reports that two armed men have taken over a side cafe/bar.

        • Ken M

          While hating to even think it…tonight the comparisons/diversions will fly..”and we think we have problems?”

      • The_Wretched

        I’m taking bets on how long it takes trump to tweet that this latest car attack is terrorism.

        • Octavio

          Well, the BCN police have already decided it is a terrorist attack. We’ll see. I think it’s too soon to be certain, but if it looks like a duck and walks like a duck . . . .

    • PickyPecker

      fuck

    • barrixines

      Just listening to all the sirens going by.

      • Do Something Nice

        And the helicopters.

      • Do Something Nice

        I heard they just cancelled the fiesta de Gracia, for tonight anyway

    • Do Something Nice

      Two dead. Dozens injured

    • barrixines

      This is terrible by my second thought after the first, “Oh fuck.” was some relief that it was the Ramblas and not elsewhere. My other half is at the airport at the moment and El Prat in the summer, packed to the gills with tourists and relatively low security, is such an obvious target

      • Octavio

        My old neighborhood is now basically Muslim (after they were all kicked out of El Raval because of urban renewal. But there are a lot of Muslim community, job, and social service places where I used to enjoy a fixed 7 Euro lunch. During our annual-bi annual trips back it’s obvious the Muslim community has become crankier and more hardline that it ever was. But I’ve never considered the Muslims to be a threat in any way. It was always the Russians, Eastern Europeans and pimps from Sengal who seemed to cause all the trouble.

        • Do Something Nice

          That’s interesting. I haven’t noticed the crankiness.

          • Octavio

            Mostly the jobless young men from Morocco and the middle east who are left with nothing but standing in lines on the sidewalks waiting to get assistance from the Muslim community centers. They are definitely angry.

        • barrixines

          The Raval was still heavily Muslim all the years I lived there but it never seemed particularly hardline – first gen immigrants trying to make a living.

      • Do Something Nice

        Train stations have been shut down. I wonder if the airport will be too.

        • Octavio

          Is the Metro shut down or just Sans, etc.?

          • Do Something Nice

            The crawl said the trains stations. It didn’t mention the metro.

        • coram nobis

          The Talgo as well? If there’s any suspects at large, it seems prudent.

          • Do Something Nice

            There is a suspect or suspects in a nearby Turkish restaurant, supposedly with hostages. The getaway van was never used.

            Death toll is now 3.

  • Ken M

    York, Maine has one, by accident. He wears a Santa hat during the “cold season” every year. Too cute to give up.

  • Tulle Christensen

    You know what really amazes me, is not only are they supporting a group of traitors, they are also disrespecting the first Republican President by supporting the confederate states

    • WitlessProtection

      The GOP has not been “the party of Lincoln” since Strom Thurmond.

  • Do Something Nice
    • Octavio

      Scott Crass’s remark about knitting sweaters for bichons is priceless! 🙂

      • Do Something Nice

        I cried when I read that his parents died in the glitter mines.

  • Treant

    LOL, wut? Delete your governorship, you useless piece of garbage.

  • The_Wretched

    The founding of the Confederacy and attempted secession from the USA was not a moral neutral event. It was a disgusting attempt to maintain the slave dependent economy of the southern States. It’s leaders didn’t have high values such as equality and improving the lives of the US citizens as its goals. This false equivalency between the US and the Confederacy cannot stand.

  • Reality.Bites

    You want a monument? Here’s a monument. From tumblr user polar-solstice

    http://polar-solstice.tumblr.com/post/156466523204/the-first-time-i-met-my-boyfriends-grandparents

    The first time I met my boyfriend’s grandparents, I was terrified. First, I really wanted them to like me, and second, he told me they were pretty religious. They’re Roman Catholic, but I’m Jewish, and I didn’t get the impression from the rest of his family that that would upset them, but I wasn’t sure they’d be chill with us dating, and I’m always afraid of those unconscious, anti-semitic micro-aggressions.

    Sure enough, within an hour of meeting me they asked if I was religious, in a way that was obviously asking if I had a religion, and which one it was. I calmly told them I was Jewish, and my boyfriend’s grandmother lit up. Her mother was a Syrian who moved to Brooklyn in the early 1900′s and she grew up in a Syrian and Jewish community in Brooklyn and boy wasn’t it nice to have someone around who could help her with her Jewish pastry. It was really pleasant. His grandfather was mostly quiet.

    After lunch, he and I shared a cup of coffee and some cookies and I told him about my brothers. He asked if my mom was ok with me dating a gentile. And then he looked around, saw we were alone for a sec, and asked me to follow him out to the garage. In the garage he asked me to take an old picnic basket down from off a cabinet. And then he told me to open it. The moment the lid came off I knew. I knew that shade of red. He told me to take it out and lay it across the floor. It was a Nazi flag. Not just a Nazi flag, but one that was big enough to fly outside a government office, like a massive one. I laid it out, ice in my veins, trying to figure out what was about to happen next. And then he told me to take my shoes off and stand on it.

    He told me his vision wasn’t good enough to get into the army, so he snuck on a ship and figured that they’d have to deal with him when he was in Europe, and that’s what happened. He told me he went because they all knew it was bad, and he wanted to help. He told me he took the flag off of some dead Nazis. He told me to go home and tell my mother that I was safe with these goyim she’d never met, that I was loved and welcome and that they’d fight for me. He told me “Never Again”.

    He passed away a few years ago, and only after his death, cleaning out his closets did we find his old patches and look up his division. This quiet man who said very little but always shared a cup of coffee with me after lunch was in an anti-tank division, and he and his division liberated camps in Poland. He saw the horrors, first hand.

    Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Today is a day to reaffirm our promise of “Never Again”. Today is a day to remember that the only way for things to get better is to fight. Today is a good day to punch a Nazi. Do it for me. Do it for Grandpa Rocco. Do it for the world.

    • Octavio

      That is a great story. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Bad Tom

      It would appear the dating worked out–
      thank you for sharing.

      • Reality.Bites

        I only know what’s in the original post. She isn’t someone I know, but it was reblogged by someone I know and thought it worth sharing.

    • Todd Allis

      That is beautiful.

  • worstcultever

    What to do with these fucking statues:

    1) Be like the very smart Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh – just get the fuck rid of them, quickly and quietly

    2) Where this is not possible, I like Seth Meyers’s idea – put a huge plaque on them that says CIVIL WAR – SECOND PLACE

    • Adam King

      How about “RACIST TREASONOUS LOSER”?

  • Mike C

    Without hastily sculpted statues erected by reactionaries from the 1910s we’ll never remember the darkest period of our nations history!

  • vorpal 😼

    In other conservative (FAKE) news, punching Nazis in the face is identical to punching Girl Guides in the face.

    • Octavio

      Well, in that particular example it’s true.

    • Treant

      Yeah, but have you met some of those Girl Guides? Pushy little bastards.

      • vorpal 😼

        LOL my only experiences are with Canadian Girl Guides, and they only have two flavours of cookies (maple sandwich and oreo-style), so they’re used to rejection.

        When I hear about these Snookum Bitsy Snicker WhoWhats and Raisin Doodle Daddles that the US gets, I keep thinking we need better Girl Guides.

        • Adam King

          Maple. It had to be maple.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Next year, Double-stuffed Poutine.

          • Octavio

            . . . or a sandwich cookie filled with moose mince meat.

          • vorpal 😼

            =paws screen=
            I’d eat that.

        • Treant

          Thin Mints. Those things are absolutely deadly.

          • PickyPecker

            frozen thin mints.

          • Treant

            Stop! My penis can only get so erect!

          • Octavio

            I used to keep one or two packages of Nabisco’s Mystic Mint Chocolate Cookies in my freezer. Sadly, Nabisco quit making them years and years ago. Thin Mints are a smaller less delicious poor man’s excuse for a Mystic Mint.

          • Adam King

            Oh, those were wonderful! (Thin Mints used to be better many years ago than they are now, but the Girl Scouts switched manufacturers. Now they’re too cornsyrupy for my taste.)

          • Reality.Bites

            All these keep-fresh for weeks supermarket cookies are nothing to me. Could go the rest of my life without an Oreo and not feel I’ve missed a thing.

            To me it’s kind of like crackers vs. freshly baked croissant. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with them. They’re not unpleasant. But they’re no croissant or baguette.

          • thatotherjean

            Food of the gods, those things–if you get the right baker. They vary just enough from baker to baker to make some of them delicious, and some meh. As many as the Girl Scouts sell, you’d think they could get everybody to use exactly the same recipe, or institute better quality control.

          • jsmukg

            What’s your all-time speed record for consuming an entire package of frozen Thin Mints?

          • vorpal 😼

            I just Google image searched them and they look dangerously delicious.

            Why must you taunt me so with your Girl Guide goodness?

          • Treant

            Girl Scouts around here.

            I used to be able to polish off an entire box in a day. In more recent years, they set off my reflux, so I’m limited to about 3 cookies per day, maximum.

        • Reality.Bites

          There’s always Scout Popcorn. It’s yummy.

          https://i.ytimg.com/vi/aTdwxuRbr6k/hq720.jpg

          Scouts Canada has been open to girls since 1998 and, as far as I can determine, never had an anti-gay policy but in any event affirmed its non-discrimination policy in 2001.

  • Lazycrockett

    They’re not even trying to be logical at this point. Must really get their racist britches in knots is that its a lot of white people wanting to have them removed.

  • Matt

    What an idiot. I hope Maine is thoroughly embarrassed by this tool every day. Like, Steve King-level embarrassed.

  • WitlessProtection

    Hey Bozo, ever heard or BOOKS?!?!

  • leo77

    Jesus, this man is a moron.

    • coram nobis

      He’s trying to outdo Donald Trump.

      • Todd20036

        He’ll fail, but it’s a valiant effort on his part.

      • Tomcat

        He is running interference for trump.
        Squirrels anyone.

  • The Milkman

    Whatever, consider the source. Dude is nuttier than a fruit basket.

  • boobert

    Let’s see how long it will take chump to denounce the Barcelona attack . Will he remember it was the fault of both sides?

    • coram nobis

      Or that it was someone driving a vehicle into a crowd?

  • canoebum

    When Democrats and Progressives refuse to unite in opposition to a common enemy, LaPage and Trump are what you get. I hope this lesson can be learned soon enough to save our Republic.

  • dcurlee

    Is this fucker for real? Not a clue just like Trump

  • I don’t get how a Governor from a Northern state can take that position. There are men buried in Maine who died fighting this filth. For crap sakes, Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s first VP, was from Maine. Taking a pro-confederate argument dishonors them.

    • kareemachan

      This is the biggest dumbfuck in Maine we’re talking about here.

      • Is he the biggest or is it anyone of the 294,519 dumbfucks who voted for him a second time? I think it’s kind of a chicken/egg question.

    • clay

      see also, the governors of Indiana, West Virginia, and Michigan.

  • Taylor

    History can not be erased by removing a statue or monument.

    Not a single tribute to Hitler exists in Germany…yet there is no one who doesn’t know the foul history of that man and his followers.

    • Lakeview Bob

      Especially our Furor-in-Chief.

  • Adam King
    • Ken M

      Basketball? Tall dog? fine, keep us guessing : )

  • Ken M

    Anybody else notice that Trump hasn’t reminded us that he won recently. Could that line go against him regarding these statues? : )

  • another_steve

    I favor removing the statues and putting them in museums. They do represent history. A sad history, but nevertheless history. For that reason, they shouldn’t be destroyed.

    But get them off of the public squares and stop glorifying racists and bigots.

    • Adam King

      If by “museum” you mean “scrap bronze smelting foundry” I agree completely.

      • Octavio

        I agree. They should all be destroyed.

        • JWC

          in a manner of speaking as long as they are on public display it is a “finger in your eye”

    • BobSF_94117

      The museum they belong in is the Look What Lengths Racists in the South Went to to Whitewash their History and Support Jim Crow Museum.

      Actually a Lies of the South statuary garden would be OK, too.

      • another_steve

        The garden is probably a better idea. “Lies of the South” has a nice ring to it.

        The name of your proposed museum wouldn’t fit on many of the museum gift shop’s tchotchkes and is therefore a non-starter.

  • Tom G

    Except the 9/11 monuments are about the victims – not the actual perpeTrators !!

    • Ken M

      Next he’s going to be claiming the Vietnam Memorial is just like his wall.

      • clay

        (only once they “corrected” it by adding human figures, even if they’re, you know, “colored” and not at all commanding)

  • coram nobis

    Why We Fight, or, more from the 20th Maine.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRB2dGI1vRM

  • clay

    Newt Gingrich, Donald Trump, and Paul LePage; all these guys who never served, busy glorifying war. Actual Civil War General said “War is Hell,” and actual WWII General warned us against the military-industrial complex.

  • bambinoitaliano
  • Lumpy Gaga

    I’d put up a few bucks toward granite slabs all over the State engraved with LePage’s best bon mots.

  • Daveed_WOW

    I say dig in our heels. Every Confederate Monument goes. By the weekend.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I hear that Confederate Monuments fold like 5-dollar whores.

  • Hank

    LePage is, sadly, the Rob Ford of Maine!!! He is an ass who will soon be gone!!!

    • Tomcat

      Not soon enough, he is an embarrassment to Maine.

  • coram nobis

    Steve Bannon, in an interview, “says rivals ‘wetting themselves,’ calls supremacists ‘clowns,’ seems to contradict Trump on North Korea.”

    http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Steve-Bannon-says-rivals-wetting-themselves-11856922.php?ipid=articlerecirc

    Mr. Potato Head is cranky, it seems.

  • Bob Conti

    Once again, LeRage is making my home state look stupid. The primary issue is that he was elected by a plurality, rather than a majority. This man needs to get back to working for his father in law’s chain of overstocked and discontinued household goods. The sooner the better. Let’s understand something Paulie: A statue of Robert E. Lee, a truly horrible human being, is not the same as a memorial to 9/11 victims. Not even close to being the same thing. If the distinction eludes you, then you’re truly an idiot.

  • SFBruce

    It’s news to me that we’ve erected monuments to the terrorists responsible for 9/11. Because that’s the only circumstance that would be remotely analogous to efforts to remove monuments which glorify the treasonous acts of men like Robert E. Lee. The civil war is a shameful chapter in our history, so I certainly don’t want to forget about it. I just think it’s important to remember it with the appropriate perspective.

  • Tomcat

    I don’t see too many Osama Ben Laden statues erected in New York asshole.

  • i just checked, and Chicago, which has wealth of public sculpture — including Alexander Hamilton, William Shakespeare, and Friedrich Schiller (?), also has several statues commemorating Civil War heroes, starting with Lincoln. The difference is that they were created and erected within the years after the Civil War as a remembrance, not in the 20th century to celebrate Jim Crow.

    Oh, and LePage is just Trump Lite — or wants to be.

  • pgarayt

    He’s still a Governor?????

  • Tom Kiley
  • Nope. Taking down statues of Lee & Forrest and Davis and other Confederate leaders would be as if for some bizarre reason, in response to 9/11, some locales decided to side with Al Qaeda and Bin Laden and, upon his capture and execution, decided to put up statues to him, as a direct political message intended to subjugate and intimidate a historically oppressed minority of that area’s indigenous population.

  • Bob Conti

    There’s a poll to Freep at the Bangor Daily News about whether you agree with LeRage. On my computer, it was to the left of the story a few paragraphs down the page.

    http://bangordailynews.com/2017/08/17/politics/lepage-echoes-trump-in-blaming-both-sides-for-virginia-violence/

    • Treant

      74.73% (281) votes No as of 12:52 PM EDT.

  • JWC

    With the exception that in the civil war in the US was American fighting American TREASON .911 was a foreign entity attacking Americans in home soil WARFARE Any other similarities Dumbass

  • Ninja0980

    Paul Lepage, brought to you by a both parties are the guy who ran twice and took away votes from the Democrat.
    Thanks a bunch Eliot Cutler.

  • Pip

    Traitors who fought their own government for the right to terrorize and own people being memorialized.

    VS

    People who were killed by terrorists being memorialized.

    Yep, totally the same.

  • Hanwi

    Monuments glorifying terrorist versus those showing perseverance in the face of terrorism, yep totally the same thing. /s

  • RichRob

    This man is a total embarrassment to those of us who live in Maine. Don’t be fooled. His term is coming to an end and he’s fishing for a place in Trump’s Washington. He can’t speak the King’s English either so let’s get them together and watch the finger play.

    • Jon Doh

      Don’t you have moose in the state more qualified to be the Governor?

      • Reality.Bites

        If not, surely they could persuade some to cross over from New Hampshire.

  • Gustav2
    • BobSF_94117

      This is different. This is a memorial to the dead of the war. A nation reunited after a civil war mourns the deaths on both sides.

  • BillysWilly

    Glorifying the leaders of a war against our country is what those monuments do. I remember wondering why there were monuments to them ever since I was a child. Removing the monuments doesn’t “erase” history, it erases the glorification of insurgency.
    Compare it to eliminating monuments to those who died on 9/11? Hardly, but then these are the same people who compare gay marriage to marrying goats, so they are used to making stupid comparisons.

  • It’s nice that all these Nazis are self-identifying. Makes the punching so much easier.

  • grada3784

    comparing Confederate memorials to those put up to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks

    So traitors are now equal to victims of foreign terror?

  • netxtown

    QUICK!!! He needs HELP! Somebody grab his ears and pop his head out of his ass!

    • Mikey

      too late, he’s gone neck-deep.

  • ultragreen

    LePage has it backwards. Putting up monuments to the leaders of the Confederacy is like putting up monuments that glorify the 911 terrorists, except the leaders of the Confederacy killed many more people and openly supported slavery.

    Instead, there should be monuments to remember the victims of the Confederacy that resemble monuments that memorialize the 911 victims.

  • Stubenville

    Keep talking your way out of re-election.

  • FelineMama

    You think this Asshole’s statements are disgusting, go over to Tengrain’s (Mock Paper Scissors)blog & read what our Asshole in Chief said. He even had his ugly face on MY tv last night.
    Nevermind, I see Joe has posted these down the line. I should have read further B4 posting. I shoulda known Joe would be on top of this!!

  • SDG

    Why is America still fighting the Civil War? In any other situation, there would be NO monuments to the generals of the traitors. There would be no enemy flags. Pure insanity. If you display a Confederate flag or worse, a Nazi flag, you are a traitor.

  • infmom

    Really? Robert E. Lee perished in a terrorist attack? Dang, my history books must have been tampered with.

  • Mb

    No La Puke, the equivalence would be to erect statues to the hijackers and terrorists and then defend them as being part of history.

  • -M-

    Other than being completely the opposite.

  • No More GOP.

    Holy fuck, Maine! Is this the best you can do for a governor!?!

    • -M-

      Elected by a plurality of voters. (Twice, I think.🙄) This is what can happen in a first past the post voting system, people who are opposed by an overwhelming majority of voters can be elected when multiple candidates split the vote.

  • Orly

    Hmm, he’s right. I’ve been looking forward to seeing the Osama Bin Laden statue erected on the Ground Zero Plaza in New York.

    Oh, wait…

    • Reality.Bites

      I’m surprised they haven’t erected one calling him “another innocent victim of Obama.”

  • Halou

    I don’t recall any of the 9/11 victims trying to fight against ans destroy the Union.

  • KaBoomBOX

    Equivalence – That word doesn’t mean what he thinks it does.

  • Cipher

    New England’s own S*itstain… LePage needs to be drug tested.

  • CottonBlimp

    God, I can’t even articulate how fucking done I am trying to argue with conservatives. They’re like goddamn parrots – no, actually, parrots are smart. These fuckers just hear their talking points and by the next day they’re all mindlessly repeating the same obvious fucking bullshit.

    Taking down a statue is obviously not erasing history, and maybe the people repeating history are the ones waving confederate and nazi flags, you shitstains.

  • Westcoast88

    Maine voters: This is on you.

  • 2patricius2

    Hmm. The 9/11 monuments honor those who were attacked by our enemies. the Confederate monuments honor those who were our enemies.

  • seththayer

    1. monuments are not history…but taking them down is.
    2. Governor LePage conveniently forgets that he took down murals commemorating the labor movement and sent them to deep storage amidst outrage from the people of the state of Maine.

  • Sam D. Maloney

    The analogy would be more apt if the 9/11 memorial honored the highjackers, not their victims.

    • Gianni

      Good analogy. These twisted minds will always produce twisted reasoning as justification. I also don’t get the ‘changing our history’ or ‘erasing our history’ thing. Whether a statue or monument is erected or removed, does nothing to change the facts of history. It’s through reading and study that one’s history is learned.

  • Willys41

    OK, you want monuments? Let’s start putting up statues of African-American men, women and children in iron shackles getting whipped and tortured and raped and murdered. Because that’s our history “like it or not.”

  • ColdCountry

    At this point, I’d almost rather tell people I was from the drug infested den of New Hampshire.

    • leastyebejudged

      I’m still proud of being from Maine.

      And I’m proud that I saved my own life by leaving in the 80’s.

  • Does crackpot Gov. Le Page think that our 9/11 memorials are “celebrations of the bravery of the valiant jihadi hijackers?” If that were the case, I’d want them removed, too.

    These Confederate memorials were for the most part erected at the behest of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, an oprganization that is a front for the KKK women’s auxiliary, mostly in the 1920’s, and rather than history, represent a resurgence in white supremacist at that time, an attempt to sanitize and justify the depredations of the past and to celebrate the actions of traitors against the United States.

    Robert E. Lee and Jefferson Davis themselves, after the war, did not want monuments to the failed Confederacy – it was their belief that the nation should heal.

    Here is a link to a realy infoprmative article:

    https://mic.com/articles/183889/confederate-symbols-were-never-about-history-as-trump-says-theyre-about-white-supremacy#.9jXpcxyeZ

  • sword

    It’s not Confederate statues that need ‘taking down”.

  • Homo Erectus

    Paul, honey – just how many confederate monuments do you have up there in Maine?

    • leastyebejudged

      None, if someone put one up we would have torn that shit down.

      Some of my earliest childhood memories are of playing in untended rural Union graveyards, of which Maine has more than it’s fair share.

      I’m hoping Mainers will view this as the final straw, LePage should be dragged through the capitol and drawn and quartered for his treason to the state.