Republican congressional candidate Seth Grossman says he should have picked his words more carefully after he was recorded saying that “diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American” during a candidate forum last spring.
“I admit I was tired, hungry, and cranky. I could have been more careful,” Grossman said in an e-mail, maintaining that he was the victim of a “gotcha” video at a small gathering of New Jersey Constitutional Republicans in Salem County.
Grossman says that “Democrats from Washington, DC paid someone to secretly make what they thought as a ‘gotcha’ video of my debate with three other Republican candidates.”
The surprise winner of the GOP primary for Frank LoBiondo’s seat says that his response was taken out of context.
“I said ‘the whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American. In America, each individual should be judged on nothing but his or her talent, character and hard work. I reject the whole premise of diversity as a virtue’ however, everybody in the room, including the Democrat taking the video, knew exactly what kind of ‘diversity’ I was talking about.”
Two minutes of that video were sent to the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News, Grossman says.
“They put me on the front page, with a cartoon of me as a caveman for quoting our Declaration of Independence. I was denounced by CNN, NBC, Newsweek, Huffington Post, Fox29 TV and other “progressive” news media around the country,” said Grossman. “They thought they knocked me out. They expected me to back down, apologize, and withdraw from the race. They were shocked when I did not.”
Grossman this week criticized Gov. Phil Murphy’s Diversity Initiative for state law enforcement agencies.
“Its ‘diversity goals’ would hire, promote, and assign employees by ‘demographic data’ rather than talent, performance, and character,” Grossman said. “If you want to know where this evil and un-American idea of “diversity” will take us, go to Afghanistan, Lebanon, or Syria. . . Before Governor Murphy completely screws up the State Police with his diversity quotas, why not try it on the Rutgers basketball team, and see if it helps them win more games.”