LePage said during a radio show that taking down statues of Confederate heroes is "just like" removing a monument to victims of the September 11 attacks.
LePage speaking to WGAN radio hosts Matt Gagnon and Ken Altshuler during his weekly call-in appearance said he has always been outspoken in his condemnation of the KKK and cited a rally by the white supremacist group in ME in 1922.
The Republican governor made the comments on WGAN in ME when asked for his reaction to the deadly white nationalist protest in Virginia regarding the removal of a statue of Gen. Robert E. Lee. They carried swastikas and Confederate flags. Heyer, who was in Charlottesville to demonstrate against white supremacy, was murdered by an alleged Nazi sympathizer who ran over a group of counterprotesters with his auto. He says he finds white nationalist and far-left protesters "equally as bad" and "disgusting".
"Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is", he added, ignoring that the Confederacy was a different country altogether. "Listen, whether we like it or not, this is what our history is". And, to me, it's just like going to New York City right now and taking down the monument to those that perished in 9/11.
It was an odd parallel.
LePage said the mural, which now hangs in the Maine State Museum, was too sympathetic to unions.
'I condemn both sides.
When asked about the demonstrations, LePage had harsh words for both sides.
ME governor Paul LePage, himself known for unfortunate and ahistorical utterances, jumped to the President's defense, agreeing with Trump's assessment that the white nationalist and counterprotesters in Charlottesville were "equally as bad" and "disgusting".
LePage also said he didn't learn about the violence in Charlottesville until Tuesday because he doesn't read newspapers or watch TV.
The label is short for "anti-fascist", and represents individuals who disrupt white supremacist gatherings, sometimes with violence.
'They are trying to erase history, ' Governor LePage said.
WGAN co-host Ken Altshuler tried one more time near the end of the interview: "The issue that Donald Trump had was the implication that there is a moral equivalence between antifa and the KKK", he said. Lepage answered, 'Yeah, absolutely. I think they are disgusting, both sides, ' said LePage. I have condemned this organization than anybody in this state'.