Thomas Lopez-Pierre, the NYC city council candidate who claimed earlier this week that ‘Greedy Jewish landlords’ were ‘engaged in ethnic cleansing’ against Black and Latino residents of Harlem, just keeps making things worse for himself.
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An anonymous GoFundMe page was created in the days following his initial comments, seeking to end his ‘hate campaign’. On Wednesday, Lopez-Pierre claimed on Twitter that the GoFundMe was his own invention. He later confirmed this with the New York Post, by which time the campaign had raised over $5,000, all presumably going to Lopez-Pierre.
On Thursday, in an interview with CBS, Lopez-Pierre admitted that he had lied to the New York Post about being behind the GoFundMe page. “Yes, I lied," he said. "My intention was to cause dissension in the ranks, confusion, and discourage people from contributing to a campaign, a Go Fund Me campaign that would basically work against my political interests.”
Current Democratic Councilman David Greenfield wants Lopez-Pierre kicked out of the race for his behavior, stating in an interview with CBS that “[Lopez-Pierre] lies so much and he’s such a con artist you can’t even tell whether or not he’s lying to you now about having lied.”
Lopez-Pierre is running a primary campaign against Democratic City Council member Mark Levine, who since 2014 represents a district covering much of West Harlem in Upper Manhattan. Lopez-Pierre previously ran for the seat in 2013, unsuccessfully, according to JTA.
His screed against Jewish landlords is at the center of his campaign. His Twitter bio reads “Jewish landlords OWN 80% of private rental buildings in Upper Manhattan; GUILTY of GREED for pushing Black/Hispanic tenants out.”
The Anti-Defamation League released a statement calling Lopez-Pierre’s comment a “deeply offensive anti-Semitic stereotype.”