Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) is the first professed Muslim elected to Congress, and, aside from his expected radical political rhetoric, he’s also pals with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
The media has ignored those ties for years – until this week, when a reporter called him out. And you won’t believe who it was.
Ellison has tried to hide those ties, but an expose by The Wall Street Journal in February revealed he had attended an event with Farrakhan in 2013.
For nearly five months (or 12 years when you think about it), Ellison was never pressed by the media about his relationship with a man who called white people “potential humans,” Adolf Hitler a “very great man,” and literally blamed Jews for 9/11. And frankly, it’s remarkable how Ellison’s own history of controversial remarks haven’t tarnished his public image. He once called for a separate country for Black Americans. He reportedly ranted to classmates that Jews were “oppressors” to minorities. He also defended convicted domestic terrorist Sara Jane Olson and convicted cop killer Assata Shakur (and also praised Fidel Castro for giving her asylum in Cuba).
Ellison won’t show his face on Fox News, but will sit down with left-leaning news organizations like MSNBC and CNN. What he didn’t expect, however, was to have a journalist call him out on his radical ties to Farrakhan.
CNN’s Jake Tapper – you read that right: JAKE TAPPER – used his interview this week with Ellison to press him on his relationship with Farrakhan. Ellison did not appreciate it one bit.
The Democratic National Committee’s Deputy Chair was expecting to use his CNN appearance to slam President Trump’s Muslim ban, which had just been upheld by the Supreme Court. He was not expecting Tapper to bring up his own ties to bigotry.
Tapper pointed out that the liberal Washington Post’s fact checker rated his claim that he had no relationship with Farrakhan with “four Pinocchios,” meaning his claims were outright lies. Ellison flipped out.
“Jake, they were wrong,” the Democrat said. “It is untrue…and I’m disappointed that that is why you called me on your show today.”
Tapper pressed the issue, calling Ellison a former follower of Farrakhan.
“You’ve been decrying president Trump’s bigotry. Obviously, you used to follow somebody who continually expressed sexist anti-LGBTQ and anti-semitic bigotry, Louis Farrakhan,” Tapper said.
“I would disagree with that,” Ellison said.
“Well, you’re decrying bigotry. Louis Farrakhan is a pretty clear bigot,” Tapper countered.
Ellison wouldn’t even say Farrakhan’s name.
“I don’t have any support for what the individual you just mentioned stands for nor do I agree with Trump’s bigotry either, but then again, any time somebody tries to say that something is unfair and bigoted, if you’re going to say, ‘Well, one time you sort of said something or somebody said you said something.'”
Tapper again pointed out that Ellison was a follower of Farrakhan, not merely rumors about statements.
“No, I wasn’t. Jake, I’m sorry, that’s not true,” Ellison said.
Tapper brought up the Wall Street Journal expose about his meetings with Farrakhan. He denied they happened.
Watch the tense exchange for yourself.
Congressman Keith Ellison has a "melt down" on CNN after being confronted with his past support of Anti-Semitic, Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. pic.twitter.com/6zoraivtev
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) June 27, 2018
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