Friday, February 24, 2017

Here Are 9 Potentially Damaging Facts About Keith Ellison, a Frontrunner to Chair the DNC

The race to be the next Democratic National Committee chair has been ongoing for several months, and one of the leading candidates is Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
Before Democrats vote this weekend in Atlanta on who will lead the DNC, they should be cognizant of Ellison's past. Here are nine potentially damaging facts about Ellison.

1. He previously defended anti-Semitic leaders
In a 1990 column, Ellison accused a college president of stifling free speech for criticizing a guest speaker's remarks. The guest speaker was Kwame Ture (also known as Stokely Carmichael), who said that Zionists worked with the Nazis during World War II and that "Zionism must be destroyed."
"The Zionists joined with the Nazis in murdering Jews, so they would flee to Palestine," said True, according to one account by the Anti-Defamation League.
University of Minnesota President Nils Hasselmo called the statements offensive. Ellison said Hasselmo's remarks did not offer any "factual" refutation of Ture's comments.
Ellison also previously defended Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan by writing multiple articles arguing he is not anti-Semitic. Since entering Congress, Ellison has tried to distance himself from both Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, drawing ire from the group. 

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