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Maine Gov. Paul LePage Calls Khizr Khan a 'Con Artist'

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Thursday, 25 Aug 2016 02:54 PM

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says Khizr Khan — who emotionally spoke at the Democratic National Convention about his Muslim-American son's death in combat as a U.S. soldier — is a "con artist" and appears to compare him to terrorists.

LePage made the comments on "The Howie Carr Show," a syndicated talk-radio program, as he and Carr discussed Iranian immigrant Adnan Fazeli, who joined the Islamic State (ISIS) while living in Maine and later died on the Lebanese border fighting as an ISIS soldier.

The Bangor Daily News, which first reported on the remarks, says Carr equated Fazeli to Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev who were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing that killed three people and injured 264 in April 2013 — and Page agreed.

"[Fazeli is] just another version of [the Tsarnaevs], then there are the mighty powerful ones like Mr. Kahn who is a con artist himself," LePage told Carr.

"[He] uses the death of his son who is an American soldier which we respect and honor and he uses that to go after [Donald] Trump, which I found very distasteful," added LePage, who has endorsed the Republican presidential nominee.

"Then we find out that he's a law partner with guess who? The attorney general of the United States."

Trump was largely vilified last month when he criticized Khan and questioned why his wife, who also appeared on stage, remained silent.

The Khans' son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan, of Bristow, Va., was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq 12 years ago. He was awarded a Purple Heart and is buried in Arlington Cemetery.

During the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Khan criticized Trump's call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

"Go look at the graves of brave patriots who died defending the United States of America," Khan told Trump in his address at the Wells Fargo Center. "You will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one."

LePage is well known for his controversial comments. During a disagreement with the Maine NAACP in 2011, he said, "Tell them to kiss my butt." And he once compared the Internal Revenue Service to the Gestapo.

He also slammed Maine Assistant Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson, saying the Democrat would be "the first one to give it to the people without providing Vaseline."

Perhaps his most public dispute occurred when he suggested Stephen King, who lives in Bangor, spent more time in Florida to avoid paying full property taxes. The bestselling author insisted he paid "every cent" and called on LePage to "man up and apologize." LePage ignored the request.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie once called LePage "crazy," but "great."

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Maine Gov. Paul LePage says Khizr Khan - who emotionally spoke at the Democratic National Convention about his Muslim-American son's death in combat as a U.S. soldier - is a "con artist" and appears to compare him to terrorists.
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