Augusta, MAINE – Republican gubernatorial candidate Shawn Moody has been caught editing an interview he gave earlier this week in which he criticizes President Trump’s proposal to build a wall across the southern border as “controversial” and “expensive”. Moody, who originally made the comments to WAGM-TV, posted the interview to his campaign Facebook page, but when he did so he edited the interview to remove the criticisms, likely knowing that they would be unpopular with the conservative base of the Republican Party.
Maine Democratic Party Chairman Phil Bartlett issued the following statement in response:
“Shawn Moody likes to tell people that he’s the nice, honest guy in the race for Governor, but what could be more dishonest than editing your own words to deceive voters?” Bartlett asked. “Candidates for Governor should stand up for what they believe in – not try to hide it in some political game meant to deceive people. Mainers deserve better.”
In his original interview, Moody said that “illegals” are “streaming over the border, and they’re bringing over guns, drugs”. He then proceeded to say that he would take American troops returning from Iraq and other war-torn countries and “park” them at the border. He then refers to the border wall proposal from President Trump as “controversial” and “expensive” but says “that’s what I would’ve done in the short term to shore up our border.”
However, when Moody posted the interview to his Facebook page his criticisms of the border wall were conspicuously missing.
To watch the original interview, click HERE.
To watch the edited interview on his Facebook page, click HERE.
Moody, an auto repair shop chain owner who ran for governor as an independent in 2010, has taken few positions – but several of them have been anathema to the Republican base, including supporting a woman’s right to choose and opposing charter schools.