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Republicans Throw Racist New Jersey
Candidate Under The Bus - Finally
Seth Grossman as seen in an image from his campaign site.
By Ray Cunneff
July 11, 2018
After standing by their racist nominee for agonizing weeks in New Jersey's 2nd Congressional District, the House GOP's campaign committee (NRCC) finally withdrew its backing from Republican Seth Grossman after Media Matters unearthed social media posts in which Grossman favorably linked to hate-filled essays on white supremacist websites.
An attorney who has at times hosted radio talk shows, Grossman was the GOP nominee for an open seat in the 2nd District, which stretches inland from coastal Atlantic City.*
"Nobody ever accused me of being a bigot or racist until the
moment I became a Republican candidate for Congress
a few weeks ago," said Grossman.
One typically repugnant passage from a piece that Grossman highlighted:
"However, my experience has also taught me that blacks are different
by almost any measure to all other people. They cannot reason as well.
They cannot communicate as well. They cannot control their impulses as well.
They are a threat to all who cross their paths, black and non-black alike."
In one April 2015 Facebook post, Grossman shared a news article about Muslim migrants throwing Christians overboard from a refugee raft in the Mediterranean and added:
"This is where 'multi-culturalism' and 'diversity' has taken us."
While Grossman wriggled when Media Matters asked him for comment, he'd never made any attempt to hide his views. Shortly after he unexpectedly won the GOP primary, audio emerged from an April candidate's forum in which he'd declared:
"The whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American,"
calling the concept "an excuse by Democrats, communists, and socialists,
basically, to say that we're not all created equal."
It was soon revealed what he believes about Islam ("a cancer"), Kwanzaa ("a phony holiday invented in 1960's by black racists"), and George Soros (akin to Leon Trotsky, who was an "International Communist—and a Jew"), thanks to a series of other online writings uncovered by CNN.
Under mounting pressure, NRCC Chairman Steve Stivers wrote:
The campaign committee hopes to find a new candidate quickly. It's a district that Trump won, but experts say is likely to flip to the Democrats in November.
The GOP has now triaged a seat it's held for decades but waited until maximum embarrassment forced it to avoid promoting an apparent white supremacist.
It won't be the last time.
* Full disclosure: Although I'm a native New Yorker, I have deep family ties to Atlantic City, spent my summers there, and eventually moved there in my teens, graduating from Atlantic City High School in 1962.