Maine’s Republican Governor Says the IRS is Out to Kill a Lot of People
Is there any end to the crazy? How far are Republicans going to push this insanity?
Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) elaborated on his controversial comparison of the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo on Thursday, saying the U.S. government agency is “headed” in the direction of becoming the infamous Nazi secret police.
The controversy arose last week, when LePage blasted the Supreme Court’s health care ruling, arguing that it had “made America less free.”
“You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the IRS.,” he said.
In an interview with Paul Heintz of Seven Days on Thursday in Vermont, LePage stood by his controversial characterization.
“What I am trying to say is the Holocaust was a horrific crime against humanity and, frankly, I would never want to see that repeated. Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet.”
LePage then said, “They’re headed in that direction.”
Heintz asked LePage if he knew what the Gestapo did during World War II, to which the governor replied, “Yeah, they killed a lot of people.” When asked asked whether the IRS was headed in that direction, LePage responded, “Yeah.”