The leader of a Trenton-based civil rights organization is slamming U.S. Senate candidate Bob Hugin for accepting the endorsement of a Sussex County legislator who displayed a confederate flag on a social media site and referred to a female opponent as a “bitch.”
“In Trenton we feel that Senate Candidate Bob Hugin’s embracement of Assemblyman Parker Space’s endorsement demonstrates his complicity in the wave of racism and misogyny that plagues the United States under the leadership of Donald Trump,” said Jonette Smart, the president of the Trenton branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). “Time after time we are witnessing Donald Trump chipping away at the fragile gains in civil rights for minorities with his incendiary comments and steadfast support of white supremacist.”
Smart says that be embracing Space’s endorsement, Hugin “is clearly positioning himself alongside President Trump, fueling the proliferation of racist demonstrations and xenophobia.”
“Residents of New Jersey cannot allow Bob Hugin to carry Trump’s torch into this state and instill a racially hostile climate that seeks to divide us,” Smart said. “We must speak out in the face of such malice and hold Bob Hugin accountable.”
Assemblywomen Shavonda Sumter (D-Paterson) and Britnee Timberlake (D-East Orange), State Sen. Troy Singleton (D-Palmyra) and the Sussex County Democratic Executive Committee have issued statements bashing Hugin for accepting Space’s endorsement.