During an interview with a reporter from the Burlington weekly Seven Days, LePage said that the IRS wasn't the Gestapo, but that the agency was headed in that direction.In case you missed it, LePage originally went Godwin earlier in the week with this remark:
"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," LePage said. "Maybe the IRS is not quite as bad — yet."
Seven Days reporter Paul Heintz asked, "But they're headed in that direction?"
LePage responded, "They're headed in that direction."
Heintz then asked LePage if he knew what the Gestapo did during World War II. LePage said, "Yeah, they killed a lot of people." Heintz asked if he thought the IRS was going to kill a lot of people.
"Yeah," LePage said.
"They're headed in the direction of killing a lot of people? Are you serious?" Heintz asked.
LePage said he was "very serious," adding that the agency would be rationing health care.
"We the people have been told there is no choice. You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo—the IRS."LePage refused to apologize for his initial statement, saying "It was never intended to offend anyone and if someone's offended, then they ought to be goddamned mad at the federal government." Really, though, Paul LePage should just stop talking about Nazis.