After calling George Floyd’s death “unconscionable,” the Hudson County Republican party is calling on Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso to resign after “making racially charged comments” on Facebook.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“We mourn the unconscionable killing of George Floyd due to a police officer that abused his power and should have been thrown off the force years ago for prior issues. At the same time, we echo Mr. Floydâ€™s brother’s calls for calm,” the leadership team from the Hudson GOP said in a statement.
“We believe American cities have become out of control with rioting and destruction of property, particularly in nearby New York City. We are glad Hudson County residents are protesting peacefully. We need to restore law and order across America.â€
They were also highly critical of Alonso, who on Sunday evening posted on his personal Facebook page two controversial posts.
One asked where Bayonne riots would start, while the other featured a caricature of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden changing a “Black lives matter” sign to say “Black votes matter,” as HCV first reported.
“In the same vein, after speculating wildly on Facebook about riots in the City of Bayonne and making racially charged comments, the Hudson County Republican leadership calls on School Board Trustee Michael Alonso to resign from the board,” the group stated.
“This is after his fellow trustees asked for him to step aside at an emergency meeting Tuesday morning. If Mr. Alonso refuses to leave office and actually seeks re-election this fall, the Hudson County and Bayonne Republican parties will endorse another qualified candidate to defeat Mr. Alonso.”
They also noted that while they haven’t supported him in the last three years, they felt it now necessary to reiterated that “he is unfit to serve on the board.”
After Tuesday’s special board of education meeting, Alonso stood by his social media postings.
â€œI am totally in support of the President of the United States. I stand side by side with President Trump. I am an advocate of peaceful protest, but rioting and looting should not be tolerated,â€ he said at the time.
â€œNo one is thinking about keeping our kids safe. They are just thinking about [their] re-election. We should all protest together, the board; the kids, teachers, parents, the police and the mayor!â€
Additionally, the Hudson GOP praised Miami Mayor Francis Suarez for his efforts during these trying times.
“Unlike other cities, Miami has had very little violence or property destruction and should be an example of how to navigate the situation.”