Jewish candidate for House in hot water over social media post

Republican party pulls support for Seth Grossman, following report that he shared article which asserted black people 'are a threat.'


New Jersey
New Jersey

A Jewish candidate for a New Jersey congressional seat who shared on social media an article asserting that black people “are a threat to all who cross their paths” has lost the support of the national Republican Party.

The National Republican Congressional Committee pulled its support for Atlantic City attorney Seth Grossman on Tuesday and called for him to drop out of the race. A day earlier, the website Media Matters for America published a report claiming that Grossman has promoted propaganda from White Nationalists on social media and in speeches.

Media Matters says its mission is “comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”

“Bigotry has no place in society — let alone the U.S. House of Representatives,” Steve Stivers, the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, said in a statement. “The NRCC withdraws our support of Seth Grossman and calls on him to reconsider his candidacy. The people of New Jersey’s 2nd District deserve an inclusive Republican candidate who will be a trusted conservative voice in Congress.”

In response to the report, Grossman responded in a tweet: “Bubba (Grandma) would say ‘Only in America!’ Where else can the grandson of Jewish immigrants from Russia be a ‘Nazi’? Or ‘White supremacist’ for sharing a post from a black guy (Allen West). ‘Anti-gay’ while …”

Grossman won the Republican primary in June and is running for the seat held for the past 24 years by Rep. Frank LoBiondo, also a Republican, who is retiring.