Lobbying firm fires former Obama advisor over hateful comments to halal cart vendor

November 23, 2023

Manhattan-based lobbying firm Gotham Government Relations said Tuesday that it has cut all ties to former Obama National Security Advisor Stuart Seldowitz after he was caught on video berating and insulting a halal cart vendor in the city.

Seldowitz harassed the vendor on at least two occasions, according to videos posted on X, calling him a terrorist and making other Islamophobic comments.

The original poster on X suggested that Seldowitz was harassing the vendor "every day," but the truth of that statement is not known.

"Vile" and "racist"

The firm said in a statement that it has "cut all affiliation" with Seldowitz because of his actions.

“The video of his actions is vile, racist, and beneath the dignity of the standards we practice at our firm,” the statement read.

“By the way, I’ll represent the food vendor pro bono if he wants to bring a lawsuit against Stuart Seldowitz,” David Schwartz, the founder and president of Gotham Government Relations, told City & State New York. “I’m absolutely outraged by this video.”

It's possible that the firm is sympathetic to Hamas more so than Israel, or it could be that the firm doesn't fall on one side or another as far as the conflict.

In another video posted to X, Seldowitz can be heard saying that the vendor is "killing little children."

When the vendor tried to argue, Seldowitz said, “If we killed 4,000 Palestinian kids, you know what? It wasn’t enough."

"Please go"

The vendor can also be heard asking Seldowitz to "please go," and saying that he would call the police.

Obviously, it isn't right for Seldowitz to take out his frustration and anger about Hamas's attack on Israel on this food vendor, who is actually from Egypt and not a part of Hamas at all.

As much as cancel culture can go too far at times, this seems an appropriate response by Seldowitz's employer for his inappropriate behavior.

As outrageous as Hamas's attack on Israel was, people can't be allowed to harass others because of their religion when there's no evidence they have anything to do with Hamas or the terrorists who attacked Israel.

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