November 15, 2016

Keith Ellison’s Extreme Record: Ties To Nation Of Islam

Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) has rocketed to the front of the DNC field. Yet with that new prominence, comes increased scrutiny for Ellison’s past. In the 1990s Ellison was tied to virulent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.

In Ellison’s first congressional race, he tried to explain away his connections to the Nation of Islam by claiming that he was only involved for 18 months in 1995 and 1996. Yet that doesn’t explain why Ellison helped organize a 1995 march which prominently featured racist comments from speakers:

“Some of the comments center on Ellison’s participation in the Million Man March in Washington in 1995 and his presence at a speech by Khalid Abdul Muhammad. At the University of Minnesota in September 1995, Abdul Muhammad gave a speech described in the Star Tribune ‘as part homophobic hyperbole, part racist ranting, part black power.’ He said, ‘I’m just hard on the white man. I was born to give this cracker hell from the cradle to grave.’”

It also doesn’t explain why Ellison later called that march “a beautiful, transformative event.” Also worrying is that as a law student, Ellison wrote multiple articles defending Farrakhan:

“Within days, Michael Brodkorb, author of a Republican blog called, dug up two articles that Ellison had written under the name of Keith Hakim for the University of Minnesota student newspaper when he was in law school there in 1989 and 1990. The first article defended Farrakhan against accusations of anti-Semitism. The second called affirmative action a ‘sneaky’ form of compensation for slavery, suggesting instead that white Americans pay reparations to blacks.”

Ellison’s multiple connections to Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam should give all Democrats pause. The Democratic Party’s painful civil war is not an excuse to allow someone so dangerously outside of the mainstream of American politics to run one of the major political parties.