Small Problem: Wallace Was a Democrat . . . Ruh-roh!
On the off chance that far-left Dem congressman Keith Ellison is on your holiday shopping list, we have the perfect gift suggestion: a good biography of George Wallace. On today’s This Week, Ellison claimed that Donald Trump was “the worst Republican nominee since George Wallace.”
Just one small problem, of course. As Republican Rep. Tom Cole pointed out, Wallace was a Democrat who sought the Dem presidential nomination [multiple times] and even addressed the Democratic National Convention [in 1972.] Ruh-roh!
Host George Stephanopoulos asked Ellison, a Bernie Sanders supporter, what should happen in light of the revelations from leaked DNC emails that the party was trying to make life tough for Bernie during the primary season. Ellison tried to change the subject by saying the focus should be on “getting rid of Trump.” He went on to make his ill-advised claim about Wallace the “Republican.”
Note: More Embarrassing DNC Email Leaks to Come
Just before Ellison spoke, Dem insider Donna Brazile said something very interesting: “this is not just a one-day leak. There will be a substantial number of emails that I understand will be leaked over the next couple of days, weeks, months.” Should make for an interesting convention and campaign, as an Imelda Marcos-like load of shoes continues to drop!
Note Dos: it’s worth watching the video just to see Ellison’s abashed expression as Cole politely corrects him.
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Keith Ellison, you supported Bernie Sanders. What should happen?
KEITH ELLISON: Well I’m with Bernie on this. I mean, we’re focused on getting rid of Donald Trump. Making sure he is not the President of the United States. I agree with Bernie. I’m disappointed to read about it. But at the same time, we do have the worst Republican nominee since George Wallace. We have somebody who is so dangerous, in a number of ways, not the least of which is his attacks on the press, and his pulling press credentials. The First Amendment says freedom of the press. He attacks the press regularly. So I’m really kind of focused on the job at hand. But I am disappointed. But I’m not surprised. But, at the same time, you know, I just have to keep trudging on. Organize the people to turn out the maximum number of votes to defeat Donald Trump.
GEORGE: Congressman Cole, you just came from Cleveland, the Republican convention? Was it a success?
TOM COLE: Well first, I want to correct my friend. George Wallace was a proud Democrat and ran for the Democratic nomination. Was on that stage down there.
ELLISON: Thank God he got rejected.
COLE: That’s fine, but let’s be clear on the record as to whose party he belonged to.
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