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Sometimes when public figures create a mess with the statements that they make, their attempts at cleaning up their mess end up creating an even bigger mess. Charlie Webster, the Maine Republican Party Chairman, recently created a stir when he stated that there was voter fraud in some rural parts of Maine because Black people showed up to vote in the Presidential elections. Webster claimed that since no one knew any Black people in those parts of Maine, there must have been some fraudulent activity surrounding their votes. In an interview with TPM, an online political magazine, Webster tried to explain his rationale. He said, “If you live in a town of a few hundred people and you go to the post office every day, if there’s someone who doesn’t look like you, you usually know that. And that’s why when folks called me and said, ‘Where did this Chinese man come from? We don’t have any Chinese people here. Where did they come from?” Well, I don’t know! It’s a good point.” Webster also tried to explain why he was not a racist, saying, . “There’s nothing about me that would be discriminatory. I know black people. I play basketball every Sunday with a black guy. He’s a great friend of mine. Nobody would ever accuse me of suggesting anything. What I do suggest is that same-day voter registration without voter ID is pretty hard to police, and it’s odd that hundreds of people in a small town would show up.” It might be a good idea for the Chairman to just stop talking and maybe seek the services of a good public relations consultant.

Maine GOP Chairman Says He Plays Basketball with “a black guy” So He’s Not Racist

Sometimes when public figures create a mess with the statements that they make, their attempts at cleaning up their mess end up creating an even bigger mess. Charlie Webster, the Maine Republican Party Chairman, recently created a stir when he stated that there was voter fraud in some rural parts of Maine because Black people showed up to vote in the Presidential elections. Webster claimed that since no one knew any Black people in those parts of Maine, there must have been some fraudulent activity surrounding their votes.

In an interview with TPM, an online political magazine, Webster tried to explain his rationale. He said,

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