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Maryland RNC delegation chair flubs, nearly calls Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman segregationists

After promoting Maryland as “America in miniature” in his speech to the Republican National Convention Monday night, David Bossie brought up the Underground Railroad and the state’s two most famous abolitionists, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.

Except Bossie misspoke, nearly labeling them “segregationists.”

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“Maryland is home of the Underground Railroad,” the chairman of the state’s RNC delegation said, “and two of our greatest segrega-, abolitionists, Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.”

Neither Bossie nor Dirk D. Haire, chairman of the state Republican party, could be reached for comment.

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Bossie, an adviser to President Donald Trump and Trump’s deputy campaign manager 2016, is chairman of the conservative Citizens United political action committee.

The group won a controversial Supreme Court case in 2010 that ruled that election spending by corporations and unions constituted free speech.

Bossie has previously made an inflammatory racial comment to a national television audience.

In a racist retort on a Fox News panel in June 2018, he told Joel Payne, a black political strategist: “You’re out of your cotton-picking mind.”

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