A Republican mayoral candidate in Monroe Township is under fire for a series of objectionable Facebook posts that mocked Holocaust victims in a series of memes that including a photo of Nazi soldiers loading Jews onto box cars headed for concentration campaigns and suggesting that had they been armed, they would not have “willingly” been loaded onto the train.
But the candidate, Steve Martin, claims that he was hacked and that the multiple offensive posts were not his.
“We can disagree on ideology and policy- that is the nature of politics — but we cannot allow for divisive hate speech that evokes racist and anti-Semitic sentiment,” said Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-Ewing), who represents Monroe in Congress. “This type of horrific rhetoric has become far too prevalent across the country over the past few years and has no place anywhere in America, let alone from an individual seeking to represent a community as diverse as Monroe.
Middlesex County Democratic Chairman Kevin McCabe called on Martin to drop out of the race, and the three Democrats who represent Monroe in the legislature have condemned him.
Watson Coleman thinks someone like Martin ought not hold public office.
“Every candidate seeking public office has a responsibility to answer for their actions and it seems abundantly clear that these repeated instances of offensive and inflammatory hate speech should absolutely be disqualifying,” the Central Jersey congresswoman said.
Martin has also used Facebook to call Vice President Kamala Harris a “high-end call girl” and denied ever hearing of Nazi butcher Josef Mengele.
“Who’s Mengele?” Martin asked. “I didn’t know any of these people at all. It’s not even one I knew from my Jewish Studies class at college.