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Ellison: GOP Trying to ‘Pit the Jewish Community and the Black Community Against Each Other’ Over Farrakhan ‘Smear’

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Ellison has been close and has met repeatedly with the Jew-hating race-baiter Louis Farrakhan, and when challenged about it, he pulls out a tested and familiar Muslim tactic: he plays the victim. He shifts focus away from his meetings with Farrakhan to a supposed Republican plot to “smear” him. If pointing out the truth about his activities and associations is “smearing,” then he is right. But his remarks here are really yet another sinister attempt by this deceiver to fool the American people into thinking he is not the extremist that he really is.

“Ellison: GOP Trying to ‘Pit the Jewish Community and the Black Community Against Each Other’ Over Farrakhan ‘Smear,’” by Cameron Cawthorne, Washington Free Beacon, March 19, 2018 (thanks to Todd):

Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) on Sunday wrote an op-ed dismissing concerns about his previous praise for Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan, who has repeatedly used disparaging language to condemn white people and Jewish people.

Several House Democrats have come under fire in recent weeks for their association with Farrakhan, including Ellison, who recently earned a “Four Pinocchios” rating from the Washington Post fact checker concerning his interactions with the controversial Nation of Islam leader.

Ellison, the Democratic National Committee deputy chair, penned in his Medium op-ed that he worked with the Nation of Islam in 1995 to organize the Million Man March in Minnesota, but that he soon distanced himself from Farrakhan because his “disparaging views on Jewish people, women and the LGBT community,” became clearer to him. He then downplayed a report about a private event that he attended in 2013 with Farrakhan and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

“In 2013, I attended a meeting in New York City with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and nearly 50 others where I advocated for the release of an American political prisoner,” Ellison wrote. “I didn’t know Mr. Farrakhan would be there and did not speak to him at the event. Contrary to recent reports, I have not been in any meeting with him since then, and he and I have no communication of any kind.”

Ellison’s account contradicts what Farrakhan claimed during a December 2016 interview, where he said Ellison met him in his hotel suite as recently as the summer of 2016 in Washington, D.C. with Rep. André Carson (D., Ind.).

He went on to accuse Republicans of “smear[ing]” black members of Congress and that they were trying to “pit the Jewish community and the Black community against each other, and distract from the hatred and bigotry on display by the president and the white supremacists who stormed Charlottesville this summer with their anti-Semitic chants and Confederate flags.”…

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