New Jersey Republican congressional nominee Seth Grossman used his Facebook account to share articles from well-known white nationalist websites, Media Matters reported Monday.
One article, published on the white nationalist website American Renaissance and shared in 2014, claimed that black people “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.”
“Oy vay!” wrote Grossman, who is Jewish, in his comment above the article. “What so many people, black, white and Hispanic, whisper in private. But which nobody dares say out loud in this once free country. Just posting this as an individual and not on behalf of any organization.”
Grossman also shared in 2010 a seven-year-old article about Mexican illegal immigration from the site VDare, which the Anti-Defamation League has called a “racist, anti-immigrant website” and which frequently publishes articles by well-known anti-Semites.
In response to the Media Matters report, Grossman said of VDare: “I have never been to their site. I don’t know anything about them. I have no idea who shared that piece with me many years ago.”
“For more than 50 years, the Democratic Party set the agenda for black America,” he added. “Far too many blacks still suffer from crime, poverty, and violence caused by that Democratic Party agenda. I am glad I helped Trump become President so he could change that agenda and get black and Hispanic Americans working again in record numbers. I am running for Congress so I can help Trump do even more to take the Democratic training wheels off the black and Hispanic communities so they can succeed even more.”
Grossman, a former Atlantic City councilman, previously came under fire after he claimed in a candidate forum in April that “diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American.”
Grossman is seeking the seat in New Jersey’s 2nd Congressional District, which has been held by a Republican since 1995 but is now rated by the Cook Political Report as “likely Democratic.”