The chairman of the Maine Democratic Party says Republican Gov. Paul LePage's comments about deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, were "unhinged" and "ill informed."

According to the Associated Press Chairman Phil Bartlett says LePage's comments that both sides are to blame for the violence echo those of President Donald Trump. He says both men are doubling down on a "shameful and embarrassing" perspective.

Barlett also says a statement LePage made that removing Confederate statues is similar to removing a 9/11 monument says a lot about "the character of Paul LePage." Bartlett says other Maine Republicans should denounce LePage's statements reported AP.