“My political opponents keep pushing this out there in order to try to smear and distract”
Congressman Keith Ellison of Minnesota has a long and well documented relationship with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. He disavowed him when he ran for congress but connections keep dogging him.
Professor Jacobson recently wrote a comprehensive post about Ellison’s ties to Farrakhan, including recent allegations that Ellison met with Farrakhan at his hotel as recently as 2013, a claim he denied.
Ellison was recently asked about this on CNN but denied it again.
Peter Hasson writes at the Daily Caller:
Ellison Again Refuses To Deny Visiting Farrakhan At His Hotel Room [VIDEO]
Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison again refused on Thursday to deny that he met Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan in recent years, choosing instead to blame a “smear” campaign for new questions about his ties to the hate group leader…
CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted Ellison’s meetings with Farrakhan in an interview on Thursday and asked him what his relationship with the hate group leader is. Ellison, also the deputy DNC chair, insisted that he has no current relationship with Farrakhan but would not deny privately visiting Farrakhan in his hotel room and offered no explanation for the meeting.
“My political opponents keep pushing this out there in order to try to smear and distract from the key issues, but there’s no relationship, I mean, look, my — I have a clear record. I have always fought for equal rights for all people. I will continue to do so. I’ve always denounced and been a fierce opponent of anti-Semitism from whatever source. I’ll continue to do so, but in this political environment, Wolf, you can expect people to try to say anything they want to try to distract from the core issues,” Ellison said, before pivoting and discussing the “core issues” unrelated to the question at hand.
Watch the video below:
Robert King of the Washington Examiner has more on this:
Keith Ellison can’t shake questions on 2013 dinner meeting that Louis Farrakhan also attended
Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., admitted this week that he attended a 2013 dinner that also was attended by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has a history of making anti-Semitic remarks.
Ellison acknowledged in a statement that he attended a 2013 dinner meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in New York to talk about negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Farrakhan attended that same dinner.
Ellison, who is deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, said the meeting was among nearly 50 American Muslim leaders.
“This was not a private dinner, I didn’t know in advance who else would be there, and my decision to attend was not an endorsement of the political views of other attendees,” Ellison said in a statement.
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