Maine’s Republican Governor Paul LePage said on Thursday that President Trump was dead on when he claimed that “both sides” were responsible for the violence that occurred at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. LePage then compared the removal of Confederate statues and memorials to taking down New York City’s 9/11 memorial that was built to honor the victims of America’s most deadly terrorist attack.
Speaking with WGAN radio in Portland, Oregon, LePage accused peaceful demonstrators of “trying to erase history” when they demanded the removal of a Confederate statue of General Robert E. Lee.
“I think what they are standing for is equally as bad. They are trying to erase history,” said LePage. Much like Donald Trump, LePage 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,” he added.
“Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is,” he continued. “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.”
LePage issued his statement shortly after President Trump defended US-based Nazi’s calling them “fine people” while claiming that “both sides” were responsible for the violence that occurred in Charlottesville.
“You are changing history, you’re changing culture,” Trump told reporters before claiming that slave owner George Washington would be next to go. Trump then attempted to coin the term “alt-left” who he accused of violently confronting members of the alt-right.
As Red State Disaster reported earlier, Trump went on to call the removal of the statues “sad” and “foolish.”
“Sad to see the history and culture of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments,” he tweeted. “You can’t change history, but you can learn from it.”
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