I have never heard my mom talk like this before and I believe her when she says she is mortified and did not mean these hurtful things.
I want to make it clear to everyone that I do not agree with these remarks and that I am very upset and saddened by this incident.
I am proud to represent all of the people of Palisades Park and I respect our Korean residents and all people.
The mayor's mothers's post also struck a nerve with other residents in the area, who expressed their shock and dismay at such outdated views to Eyewitness News, ABC 7. Tenafly council member Daniel Park said:
Shocking. It's the 21st century and it's still happening.
Sarah Kim, of the Korean American Association of New Jersey said:
Especially hurtful is what she said is we Americans and you Koreans. I am an American as well.
Others took to Twitter to express to say that if Rotundo is willing to play down a racist rant, then he must be racist, too.
https://t.co/0rmkSSiFVP James Rotundo your mom is a racist and you cover for her. I can understand the difficulty o… https://t.co/OEj5BzkDeT