Bayonne Board of Education Trustee Michael Alonso faces mounting calls to resign after a social media post that many view as racist and an incitement to violence.
He posted on Facebook regarding the demonstrations occurring across the country protesting the death of George Floyd.
Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who was killed in Minneapolis when police officer Derek Chauvin held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.
Floyd was later pronounced dead. Chauvin has since been fired and charged with murder and manslaughter.
A screenshot of the post has been circulating on social media. However, it no longer appears on Alonso’s page.
“Where will the Bayonne Riot Start? Walmart- QuickChek- Shoprite?” Alonso posted.
In another post, Alonso shares a political cartoon of Joe Biden changing a “Black Lives Matter Sign” to “Black Votes Matter.” It has since been taken down.
According to a press release from Hudson County Republican leaders, Alonso should resign.
“After speculating wildly on Facebook about riots in the City of Bayonne and making racially charged comments, The Hudson County Republican leadership call on School Board Trustee Michael Alonso to resign from the board,” the leadership team said. “This is after his fellow trustees asked for him to step aside at an emergency meeting Tuesday morning.”
The Republican leadership concluded Alonso is “unfit to serve on the board.”
“This is not the first time Mr. Alonso has acted like this,” the Republican leadership said. “In fact, we did not support him or any of his running mates the last three years.”
The Republicans promised to support a different candidate if Alonso doesn’t step down.
“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,” according to the leadership team.
Alonso told the Bayonne Community News that he doesn’t plan on resigning and will leave it up to voters in November.
Praise for Miami Republican
The Hudson County Republican leadership team said it sees current events as “pushing necessary change” while at the same time “needing to preserve the rule of law.”
“We mourn the unconscionable killing of George Floyd due to a police officer who abused his power and should have been thrown off the force years ago for prior issues,” the Republican leaders said. “At the same time, we echo Mr. Floyd’s brothers calls for calm.”
The Hudson County Republican leadership believes American cities have become out of control with rioting and destruction of property, particularly in New York City. The exception is in Miami. The Republicans praised Mayor Francis Suarez, a fellow Republican, for his “very good handling of the current crisis.”
“Unlike other cities, Miami has had very little violence or property destruction and should be an example of how to navigate the situation,” according to the Hudson County Republican leadership.
The Republicans also praised local protesters for remaining peaceful.
“We are glad Hudson County residents are protesting peacefully. We need to restore law and order across America,” the leadership team said.
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