In an undercover video taken at a GOP candidate forum, New Jersey congressional candidate Seth Grossman decried ethnic and gender diversity.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday that the video was taken by the liberal political action group American Bridge to the 21st Century, a DC-based group "that monitors Republican candidates." Although it was filmed in NJ's Salem County on April 21st, it was provided to the Inquirer shortly after Grossman's surprising win in the state's June 5 Republican primary over frontrunner Hirsh Singh.
"The whole idea of diversity is a bunch of crap and un-American," Grossman, whose campaign platform centers on his support for President Donald Trump, is heard saying on the video.
"So that’s the diversity box, and I think Republicans make a big mistake when we nominate lesser-qualified candidates because they fit into that box,” he later adds, suggesting that his party nominated a failed female lieutenant governor candidate over a man because of her gender.
When the Inquirer reached Grossman for comment, he stood by his statements.
"I said it,” the candidate admitted. “I believe in America that each individual should be judged on nothing but his or her talent, character and hard work. I’m rejecting the whole premise of diversity as a virtue."
Watch American Bridge's video of Grossman below: