(NEWS CENTER) - State Democrats are lashing out at Governor Paul LePage after he compared a U.S. Government department to a Nazi agency known for kidnapping and killing enemies of Adolf Hitler.
In his weekly radio address, Governor LePage heavily criticized the Supreme Court's ruling that the president's signature health care reform law is largely constitutional.
He, like many critics of the law, targeted the individual mandate, which requires that one either buys a health insurance plan or pay a penalty to be collected with your yearly income tax filing.
In the address he says "This decision has made America less free. We the people have been told there is no choice. You must buy health insurance or pay the new Gestapo - the I.R.S."
The Gestapo was the official secret police of Nazi Germany.
They were responsible for thousands of kidnappings and deaths... And State Democrats are demanding he apologize.
"The Governor's language is intentionally offensive. This goes beyond political rhetoric," says House Leader Emily Cain. "The experience of the Holocaust survivors and veterans of World War II who witness the true terror of the Gestapo should not be trivialized for political shock."
Assistant Senate Leader Justin Alfond continued the dressing-down, saying "his comment trivializes an historic atrocity and mischaracterizes ObamaCare for the sake of political divisiveness. This is yet another instance of the Governor choosing hostile language over substance."
The Anti-Defamation League is speaking up in opposition to LePage's comments.
The organization fights anti-Semitism through various programs and legal actions.
They released a statement saying "The Governor should immediately apologize for his remarks and demonstrate an understanding of why they are offensive to all who value civil discourse. Comparisons to the Nazi police force have no place in modern politics or anywhere else."