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REVEALED: Maine Republican busted for anti-Muslim Facebook rant has extensive history of racist posts

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With an election on Tuesday, a Maine Republican who was caught posting an anti-Muslim diatribe on Facebook is trying to do damage control by apologizing and saying he never read the entire rant before re-posting it on his own page.

Unfortunately for State Rep. John Picchioti, the same activist who discovered the anti-Muslim post uncovered multiple instances of the lawmaker posting attacks on Muslims, blacks and Hispanics, reports the Bangor Daily News.

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Before locking his Facebook page down, Picchioti apologized for the rant taken from a white supremacist chain email attacking Muslims.

“I apologize for the offensive post that appeared on my Facebook page. I received the message in an email and only read the first few paragraphs which praised nurses and spoke glowingly of the Catholic faith. I did not however, read the end of the message prior to posting it to my Facebook page. As soon as I was made aware of the anti-Muslim sentiments in the second half of the post I immediately deleted it,” he wrote. “It was an oversight on my part and I apologize for the offensive nature of the message and I in no way share those beliefs about the Muslim faith. I will be making no further comments on this issue.”

Prior to Picchioti shutting off his Facebook page from prying eyes, progressive activist Steven Biel did a quick search of the Republican’s timeline which demonstrated that Picchioti has a fondness for posting racist memes.  Among the few gathered by Biel — before they became unavailable — were ones insulting Ferguson protesters, attacking Muslims, and mocking slain teen Trayvon Martin.

In one, pro-gun conservative gadfly Ted Nugent gleefully claimed he entered a Muslim bookstore and had a confrontation with the owner because the store didn’t carry an anti-immigration book by GOP presidential contender Donald Trump.

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Maine GOP leaders are refusing to comment on Picchiotti, directing reporters to the lawmaker’s claim of ignorance.

Screen captures of a few of Picchiotti’s Facebook posts caught by Steven Biel can be seen below:

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