South Plainfield Borough Council Democratic candidate Steve Remming made a series of inflammatory, at one point suggesting he would celebrate if U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ (I-Vermont) supporters committed suicide.
“Can they put the tape over their noses too? The lack of oxygen may result in death, but that would give me something else to celebrate other than Hillary’s speech,” Remming wrote in a July 28, 2016, Facebook post linking a story about a walkout planned by Sanders’ delegates to 2016’s Democratic National Convention.
Reached by the New Jersey Globe Friday, Remming said he did not recall the posts but said he was “kind of known for getting into flame wars sometimes online.”
The first-time candidate was contrite, saying he may have taken things too far.
“A lot of people, including myself, contributed to fanning the flames of division in terms of thinking of people that disagree with you politically as enemies instead of opponents, and some of my comments on my personal Facebook probably were over the top,” he said.
The South Plainfield Democratic Committee unanimously endorsed Remming and running mate Sandy Doyon to take on Republican Council President Christine Faustini and Councilman Derryck White.
That means Remming will appear on the county line alongside, among others, former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-Newark) and Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin (D-East Brunswick), who is running for Middlesex County Clerk.
The candidate’s inflammatory, and often profane, posts targeted more than Just Democrats.
Remming more than once turned his tirades at President Donald Trump’s supporters.
“Hillary did call these cousin-fucking, sister-fucking, chicken-fucking. Mud hut jackoffs exactly what they are. Deplorables,” Remming wrong on Facebook in August 2017.
He also turned them against no one in particular.
“Good for her,” he wrote after linking a news article about a restaurant owner calling a customer a “lying filthy cunt pig” on Facebook. “I didn’t even read the article but I think restaurants should call their customers the C word more often.”