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2010 audio: Keith Ellison complains U.S. Mideast policy turns on “what is good or bad” for Israel

2010 audio: Keith Ellison complains U.S. Mideast policy turns on “what is good or bad” for Israel

U.S. policy towards a “region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense?”

Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison was an early favorite for Chair of the Democratic National Committee. He quickly garnered top endorsements, including from Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi.

But then Ellison’s past came back to haunt him, specifically his membership in and support for Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam and his more recent association with anti-Israel activists, as we explored in these posts:

The fight over Ellison has become a fight over the future of the Democratic Party, and whether it will veer hard left on a host of issues, including Israel.

The situation has not become any less controversial for Ellison since my last post. As The Daily Caller reported, Keith Ellison Once Proposed Making A Separate Country For Blacks:

Some newly discovered columns shed light on the shocking views expressed by one of the Democrat’s favorite politicians.

According to columns written several years ago in the Minnesota Daily, obtained exclusively by The Daily Caller News Foundation, Ellison was once a proponent of a blacks-only nation carved out of America and cash reparations paid from whites to blacks. Ellison also called the U.S. Constitution the “best evidence of a white racist conspiracy to subjugate other peoples.”

The Daily Caller News Foundation did some digging to find the columns written in the Minnesota Daily under the pen name “Keith E. Hakim.”

TheDCNF obtained scans of four columns written by “Hakim” as a law student. Ellison was around 26 years old at the time these columns were written and published.

Over four columns, “Hakim” advocates cash reparations paid from whites to blacks, calls the Constitution the “best evidence of a white racist conspiracy to subjugate other peoples,” and proposes making a separate country for black people.

The student-run Minnesota Daily also is re-publishing the columns, Keith Ellison’s old Minnesota Daily columns surface amid bid for DNC chair:

Now the Investigative Project on Terrorism has obtained audio of statements made by Ellison at a 2010 fundraiser in which Ellison complains about Israel’s influence and the fact that U.S. policy is focused on that small nation rather than the larger Arab world, IPT Exclusive: In Private Fundraiser, Ellison Blasted Israeli Influence Over U.S. Policy

A 2010 audio of Ellison speaking at a private fundraiser obtained by the Investigative Project on Terrorism calls such praise into question. In a fairly intimate setting, Ellison lashed out at what he sees as Israel’s disproportionate influence in American foreign policy. That will change, he promised, as more Muslims gained political influence:

“The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?”

IPT provides the following background to the event:

The fundraiser for Ellison’s re-election campaign was hosted by Esam Omeish, a past president of the Muslim American Society (MAS) who was forced to resign from a Virginia state immigration panel in 2007 after an exclusive IPT videotape showed him praising Palestinians for choosing the “the jihad way … to liberate your land.” Omeish was a candidate for Virginia’s general assembly the previous year, and Ellison spoke at a fundraiser for that losing effort.

In his 2010 remarks, he described Omeish as “my beloved brother and I love you and you are the best and your family is so beautiful and again, you know, you put it out there. You ran. And I hope you run again.”

Also present at the fundraiser was Nihad Awad, a co-founder and executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)….

I reached out to Ellison’s office media contact earlier today seeking comment on the audio, and whether Ellison believes the audio is out of context. So far I have received no response.

Ellison’s 2010 comments pretty much confirm the concerns I previously expressed. While Ellison now talks a relatively moderate-left game when it comes to Israel, his heart lies with the far-left of the Democratic Party which is hostile to Israel.

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RUN, Keith!!! RUN…!!!!

The Minneapolis Star Tribune could virtue signal itself to death by refusing/failing to do the investigative reporting on this anti-Semite. But for years the Powerline blog has done the work that the Strib “just won’t do.”

It only took the prospect of a national perch for somebody—likely DNC sourced—to do an oppo dump on this creep. Schumer and Reid endorsed this guy within days of HRC’s loss. And I’d be willing to best that Schumer is behind this.

He’s got a tough enough job in the 2018 midterms without being dogged by a black Islamofascist running the DNC

Sorry, Israel is an ally, supports freedom and honors democratic principles. None of which the Muslim nations support.

    veseng in reply to SeniorD. | November 30, 2016 at 4:48 am

    SeniorD, nothing to be sorry about. What is sorry is the number of souls in thrall to rulers that so repress human creativity that they live in such poverty, both materially and otherwise.

I wouldn’t want to be held up for everything I said and wrote when I was in law school. On the other hand, I can tell you why I wrote and said what I did and why I’ve changed my mind. If he has, let’s hear about it.

Alex Bensky: you’re right about this. But I think it’s telling that just last week, Ellison walked away from an NYT interview after being told that they had questions about these very articles.

Those who sleep with the enemy will eventually be a recipient of his enemy’s wrath…

“U.S. policy towards a “region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense?””

As it happens, there are about 325 million people living in the US. African Americans are about 12% of that population; see where I am heading with this? Let me paraphrase: U.S. policy towards a population of 325 million all turns on a population of 39 million. Does that make sense?

How would the allegedly Honorable Representative from Minnesota like if the US started ignoring the needs of minority groups in the US? How would the “esteemed” feel if the remaining 286 million were receiving public funded instruction on how best to individually eliminate the 39 million?

Cum bayah, cum bayah, cum bayah,….

Didn’t he also say there was plenty of money only the government doesn’t have it?
I hope the dems do go for him to be the leader of the DNC, the fallout would be fun to watch.

What an evil, evil man.

None of this is surprising. Ellison is a good Muslim, so he wants to obey the Quran’s command to eliminate the Jews. He cannot say so openly, as Islam does not yet rule here, but he will say so behind closed doors.

Out of 350 million, the Israelis are only 7 million. We all know how Ellison, Farrakhan and Hamas would “Handle” the Jewish problem don’t we?

DNC chair?

It all depends on exactly which voter bloc the Dems are planning to suck up to.

If they go with this creep, I’d think that would imply that they’re hoping to import a lot more disaffected Muslims; otherwise there won’t be enough votes on the table to make pandering worthwhile.

Too harsh? When in doubt about the Dems and their vision for the future of the US, think … what would someone with the ethical sense of a weasel do? There’s no lower limit to the infamy of a Party which would choose someone like Hillary as a national candidate. None at all … a bottomless pit.

    Ronin0985 in reply to tom swift. | November 30, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Exactly, even floating this guy’s name for the job says they’re perfectly content to wait on their two current major voting blocks, immigrants and indoctrinated millennials, reaching critical the necessary critical mass to overcome electoral apathy in both groups. Which they expect would provide them with the necessary voting base for their fantastical unitary government in all but name.

    Rather than even acknowledging that Roosevelt/Reagan Democrats in the Rust Belt exist, let alone meeting them even half way on anything.

I wonder how much money, donated by many of our elite Jewish citizens to the DNC, ended up in Ellison’s hands. For some reason these bright well to do Jews tend to support people and policies that are not in their best interest.

So much for the ethical theory of “utilitarianism”.

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