During an interview with a reporter from the Burlington weekly Seven Days, LePage said that the IRS wasn't as bad as the Gestapo, the Nazi police force that imprisoned and murdered millions during World War II, but that the agency was headed in that direction.Kennebec Journal
"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."
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.
How the hell a country can function when the governor of a state can say stuff like this, be given a chance to backtrack, and
double quadruple down on it is beyond comprehension.
I (NOT SNARK) call on Paul LePage to resign. Seriously. If Paul LePage believes that the unavoidable function of collecting taxes leads inexorably to mass murder then Paul LePage should not be part of government. He also should not be part of society, but I don't want to criminalize speech.