Maine Governor Paul LePage denies saying President Barack Obama “hates white people.”

“No, I never said that. And you guys are all about gossip,”, the controversial Republican governor told a local Portland affiliate WCSH-TV.

LePage is accused of saying Obama “hates white people” during a fundraiser last week. However, the people who made the accusation requested anonymity “for fear of political retribution” according to the Portland Free Press.

LePage is running for re-election later this year.

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