It looks like the mayor of Brick Township, New Jersey is in hot water, after allegedly trying to incite Twitter users into calling cops on Jewish people going to the beach.
Mayor John Ducey made a comment on social media in response to another user who was complaining about “the Hasidic and Orthodox Jews” invading parks and beaches and ruining them.
The user went on to say that they were disappointed at having to pay taxes for something that gets ruined by others.
The person wrote: "Can we please do something about our parks and beaches. They are being invaded by the Hasidic and Orthodox Jews and being ruined. Our tax paying residents are being forced out while politicians sit and do nothing."
Also, while most politicians would probably either respond negatively or not respond at all to a comment like this, Ducey went out of his way to tell the user that they should call the police regarding any issues on the matter.
The Democratic politician replied with: "Just call police with any problems, and they will send them out."
Later on, he attempted to backtrack to some extent, explaining that he did not agree with bigotry, racism and similar themes on social media or anywhere else.
He explained that his intent was for the user to direct their hatred at him instead of others, but that has ended up backfiring in a way he had not anticipated.
Here is Ducey in his own words: "This twitter feed (and the world in general) is no place for bigotry or hateful comments. They are hurtful and divisive. They are condemned by me and all who are trying to make a difference in the world. Look for the good in you and others, and the world will be a better place."
In a separate statement, he told the New York Post: "I knew no call would be made because there was no problem that he could report… I have learned to be more careful with social media, and I am taking the advice of some of my critics and not responding at all to such things in the future."
Many users on social media have initially expressed their disappointment at the mayor but later backed down upon learning the full story.
It looks like the situation has mostly been contained for the time being, although some have continued their attempts to bring it up.
The mayor himself has mostly distanced himself from these comments for the time being and has not offered any further words on the situation.
Was it all a big misunderstanding, yes or no?