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Lawmakers: Maine Gov. Paul LePage Said President Obama ‘Hates White People’

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Two lawmakers who were in the room with Maine Gov. Paul LePage at a Republican Party fundraiser last week allegedly heard him make a pretty bold claim.

LePage allegedly told a group of Republicans that President Barack Obama "hates white people."

State GOP chairman, Rick Bennett, was also at the event.

“Yeah, he said it,” said one Republican lawmaker admitted under the condition of anonymity. “It was one little thing from a speech, but I think most people there thought it was totally inappropriate.”

According to sources, LePage said Obama could have been the best president ever if he had highlighted his biracial heritage. LePage allegedly said Obama has not done that because he hates white people.

In 2010, LePage reportedly said he would not be afraid to tell Obama to "go to hell." He later said that he used a poor choice of words. He followed that statement up in 2011 by saying that the NAACP could "kiss my butt" if the group did not care for his decision to not attend one of their events, The Huffington Post reported.

“It seems farfetched for anyone, even a newspaper, to make an insinuation the governor is racist given his life history,” said Brent Littlefield, the governor's senior political adviser.

"It's a ludicrous comment," said Mark Brewer, a political scientist at the University of Maine. "But does it hurt him? Given that it's Paul LePage, I don't necessarily think so. There will be a big uproar from some, but the general reaction will be, 'There he goes again.'"

Sources: The Huffington Post, Portland Press Herald