LePage’s “Gestapo” Comment “Intentionally Offensive” and “Ignorant”
Democratic leaders issue statement calling for apology and end of hostile language
AUGUSTA—Senate and House Democratic leaders issued statements in response to Governor Paul LePage’s comparison of the IRS to Hitler’s Gestapo. The comparison was part of LePage’s attack on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding the individual mandate provision of ObamaCare. In his weekly radio address he said, “We the people have been told there is no choice. You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo — the I.R.S..”
House Democratic Leader Representative Emily Cain of Orono and Assistant Democratic Leader Senator Justin Alfond of Portland responded with the following statements:
“The Governor’s language is intentionally offensive.This goes beyond political rhetoric,” said Cain. “The experience of the Holocaust survivors and the veterans of World War II who witnessed the true terror of the Gestapo should not be trivialized for political shock. The Governor must apologize. We urge our Republican colleagues to join us in condemning this language.”
“The Governor’s comparison of the IRS to the Gestapo is shameful and ignorant. His comment trivializes an historic atrocity and mischaracterizes ObamaCare for the sake of political divisiveness,” said Alfond. “This is yet another instance of the Governor choosing hostile language over substance. He’s gone too far and owes not just the people of Maine an apology for his degrading language but to the families who were the victims of the real Gestapo.”
The Gestapo was Adolf Hitler’s official secret police during Nazi rule of Germany. According to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, Gestapo agents used intimidation and terror seeking out, arresting, and often murdering Hitler’s enemies.