I wrote earlier about the strange phenomenon of extreme right wing parties in Germany that have been associated with xenophobia and anti-Semitism actively wooing the Jewish community and having some success, to the consternation of the major Jewish organizations in that country, surprised by the willingness to support a party that is overtly against their own community.
It turns out that we have similar strange bedfellows in the US. Seth Grossman won the Republican primary for the second congressional district in New Jersey. Grossman, who is Jewish, had made statements that “diversity is a bunch of crap” and had shared articles from white nationalist sites on his Facebook page. This was too much even for the Republican party who ran away from him. Grossman ran as a strong pro-Trump candidate but lost 52.3%-45.9% to Democrat Jeff Van Drew last Tuesday. This was considered a solidly Republican seat that had long been held by a Republican Frank LoBiondo who was retiring after having served since 1994.
Grossman blamed his loss on the fact that he had to spend so much time defending himself from charges of being a racist. It is truly a mystery how people got that impression.
Currently, the Democrats have won 227 seats in the 435 chamber House of Representatives, a gain of 32 from their previous total of 195. Republicans have just 198, a loss of 42 from the last Congress. There are still 10 undecided seats. When you take into account the state of the economy with its low unemployment and high business profits and booming stock market, some analysts are saying that this can be considered the worst defeat for an incumbent party in US history.