Ohio Senate candidate hits back at ‘radical leftists,’ BLM members who shouted him down during debate

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An Ohio Senate debate went off the rails as the crowd interrupted the Republican candidate, Josh Mandel, on race-based claims calling on him to leave the Black church where the event was being hosted.

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Mandel joined “Fox & Friends” Wednesday to discuss the incident after one woman told him he did not “belong” in the Black community. 

“Unfortunately, not only could the radical leftist I was debating against not hold her own, but then the audience started chiming in,” Mandel told co-host Pete Hegseth. “You had guys there from Black Lives Matter, you had other radical leftists there who kept interrupting me, and basically they were asking me to leave because that was a White guy in a Black church.”

U.S. Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel speaks during a debate with Democratic candidate Morgan Harper at a Baptist church in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse

U.S. Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel speaks during a debate with Democratic candidate Morgan Harper at a Baptist church in Columbus, Ohio, U.S., January 27, 2022. REUTERS/Gaelen Morse
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“It’s everything that Martin Luther King marched against,” he continued. “The Democrat Party of today is trying to make everything about skin color.”

Mandel, who is in a Republican primary, was debating his potential Democratic challenger, Morgan Harper, at a Black church in Cleveland. 

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“What I told her was, you know, when I was in the Marine Corps, did a couple of tours in Iraq, and I put my life in the hands of young black men, and they put their lives in my hand, and we didn’t see each other as Black or White or Hispanic or Asian,” Mandel said.

“We saw each other as brothers, as United States Marines, and frankly, I think that’s the way that society should be as well.” 

The primary is set to take place May 3 as Mandel faces off against six other candidates for the Republican nomination in the race to replace retiring Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. 

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