A comedian and actor says he was only joking about a boycott when he tweeted on Friday that he would never visit Maine while Sen. Susan Collins was in office because of her vote on Brett Kavanaugh.

“This would be a good time to say I never called for a boycott of Maine,” John Fugelsang said in a tweet Tuesday. “I did make a joke about it but if I didn’t boycott Maine over the racist Governor I’m not going to boycott over a Senator who believes Dr. Ford was assaulted but knows better than Dr. Ford who did it.”

Fugelsang, who has 413,000 Twitter followers and hosts a talk show on SiriusXM satellite radio, has deleted his initial tweet, which read: “Dear Susan Collins — I really struggled with this but my tourist $ just voted against ever visiting Maine while you remain in office.”

The tweet was liked 22,000 times and retweeted another 5,000. Hundreds who commented said they would support a boycott, including one person who canceled a $2,200 reservation at Point Sebago resort and a Texas chef with multiple restaurants who vowed to boycott all Maine seafood. Others discussed shifting their travel plans to New Hampshire or Vermont.

Fugelsang took the tweet down after the Portland Press Herald published a story about the boycotts that included his comment.

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