Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) denied a report Tuesday accusing him of saying that President Barack Obama "hates white people."
"I never said that," LePage said, according to video captured by WCSH-TV. "And you guys are all about gossip," referring to reporters delivering the questions.
According to a Monday Portland Press Herald report, two GOP state lawmakers anonymously made the accusation against LePage, fearing retribution in return.
“Yeah, he said it,” one Republican lawmaker told the paper. “It was one little thing from a speech, but I think most people there thought it was totally inappropriate.”
The Press Herald report comes less than two weeks after LePage hurled a questionable comment in the newspaper's direction. While riding a fighter jet simulator, LePage joked that he wanted "to find the Press Herald building and blow it up."