Rep. Keith Ellison will go to any extreme to combat President Trump – even going so far as to endorse a violent left-wing protest group.
In a new tweet, Ellison is seen holding up a copy of ANTIFA: The Anti-Fascist Handbook by Mark Bray. Antifa groups have led the often-violent protests against President Trump across the United States, usually on college campuses. “At @MoonPalaceBooks and I just found the book that strike fear in the heart of @realDonaldTrump,” Ellison said in the tweet.
Mark Bray is a Dartmouth college professor who has become a media darling after his book became a “bible” for the movement.
In August, Bray’s radical views led his own college to speak out against him.
Many of Bray’s colleagues have celebrated his foray into the national spotlight, where his scholarly work in political radicalism has landed him prime-time interviews on NBC and NPR.
But Dartmouth officials are unsettled. Bray has made no secret about his belief that violence is, in some circumstances, justified. In turn, the university has sought to distance itself from him.
During an appearance on “Meet the Press” last week, Bray argued that “when pushed, self-defense is a legitimate response to white supremacist and neo-Nazi violence.”
“We’ve tried ignoring neo-Nazis in the past. We’ve seen how that turned out in the ’20s and ’30s,” Bray told host Chuck Todd. “A lot of people are under attack, and sometimes they need to be able to defend themselves. It’s a privileged position to say you never have to defend yourself from these kinds of monsters.”
Dartmouth President Philip J. Hanlon repudiated Bray in a statement, saying he was “supporting violent protest.”
“As an institution, we condemn anything but civil discourse in the exchange of ideas,” Hanlon said. “The endorsement of violence in any form is contrary to Dartmouth values.”
Even though his own college will not endorse his radical embrace of violence, a Democratic member of the House of Representatives will.
Here is his tweet.
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 3, 2018
Neither the President nor the White House have responded to Ellison’s remarks.