(POLITICO) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage told a group of Republicans last week that President Barack Obama “hates white people,” two Maine Republican lawmakers told the Portland Press Herald.

According to the Press Herald, the two lawmakers, who spoke to the newspaper on the condition of anonymity, said LePage talked about how Obama could have been the best president ever if he had highlighted his biracial heritage and that “LePage said the president hasn’t done that because he hates white people.”

Approached by local media Tuesday, LePage denied the comments.

“No I never said that and you guys are all about gossip, goodbye,” LePage said, according to WLBZ 2.

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