Rep. Keith Ellison faces renewed scrutiny over past ties to Nation of Islam, defense of anti-Semitic figures

by Andrew Kaczynski | CNN.com  |  published on December 2, 2016

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(CNN)Rep. Keith Ellison’s past ties to the Nation of Islam and his defense of its anti-Semitic leader, Louis Farrakhan, are resurfacing as he campaigns to lead the Democratic National Committee.

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, publicly renounced his association with the Nation of Islam in 2006 after it became an issue during his run for Congress, when local Republican bloggers began publishing his old law school columns and photos connecting him to the organization.

“I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues,” Ellison wrote at the time.

But several outlets have resurfaced Ellison’s past writings as he runs for DNC chair, raising new concerns about his own views and what they would mean for the Democratic Party if he were to be its leader. A CNN KFile review of Ellison’s past writings and public statements during the late 1980s through the 1990s reveal his decade-long involvement in the Nation of Islam and his repeated defense of Farrakhan and other radical black leaders against accusations of anti-Semitism in columns and statements to the press. None of the records reviewed found examples of Ellison making any anti-Semitic comments himself.

  • CHRISTOPHER BOWEN

    He is so obviously a phony opportunist, only deluded Minnesotans could possibly fall for him. He looks like a thug and any ‘religious’ convictions he holds are pure politics. I hope the DEMS elect him chairman (Bernie and Pocahantus like him!). At least the voters would have even more reason to go Republican.

  • MoonBeamWatcher

    Most approptiate for the NEW DNC to have a leader of this
    kind of LOW repute! At last a TRUE and genuine reflection
    of the anti-God Democatic principals and philosophies!
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  • BOC

    if Keith Ellison will hasten their continued meltdown to irrelevance, I say elect him DNC Chairman today!

  • mudguy1

    Just why can Ellison distance himself from his past but the democrats won’t let
    Sessions distance himself for the the past they falsely accuse him of?

    “I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues,”
    Remember it is ok for Muslims to lie to us infidels. For I got that goes for Democrats too

  • setemfree

    Get rid of this Muslim immedietly. BAN ALL MUSLIMS FROM U.S. SOIL.

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  • RuFus92

    The Democrats don’t believe in vetting candidates they just go with the it feels good liars that they so love to promote in their socialistic agenda plans for a Totalitarian government that they want so bad. He professes to have distanced himself from the Nation of Islam but that is so deeply engrained that he will always have it in mind no matter what his lying lips may spout out to the electorate. A wolf in sheep’s clothing as all of them are. People of this ilk are showing the true colors of the Democrats and their crazed form of government that they want.

    • setemfree

      When they renounced God at there convention it showed me that they also hate America. USA, USA, USA.

  • justinwachin

    The Democrats are continuing their drive to become extinct. This guy would be a gift that keeps giving for the Republican party. If the GOP governs reasonably they may have ultra super majorities in Congress after the 2018 mid term elections.

  • Bob

    His activism and anti-Semitism would make him PERFECT to run the DNC. After all, you can be excused for anything these days as long as your politics are “pure”. Trump is “supported” by white racists and he needs to renounce them or be considered one of them. Clinton is supported by racists like Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, BLM, the Congressional Black Caucus and so many others, yet she is considered “progressive” and NOT required to denounce them. After all, their aim is “pure”.

  • chocopot

    Because this POS has a “D” after his name, the media will give him a pass on all the dirt in his past.

  • It would be best if they simply denied this muslim the position. He should have NEVER been allowed to run for congress! Did no one vet him before he campaigned? He even looks like Farrakan! I spelled that wrong but, WHO CARES? Find out who the muslim sympathizers are that dwell in our government, and say BYE, BYE! As far as Ellison “Giving up” the muslim way of life…that is not going to happen!

  • TexRancher

    This article fails to mention that Ellison is one of the 70-80 Communists in Congress as a member of the DSA! (Democrat Socialists of America)

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