Louis Farrakhan is one of America’s most irredeemable anti-Semites. He’s also inexplicably beloved by scads of liberals.
Sure, you probably won’t see too many of them putting up group photos with him after this weekend’s anti-Semitic hate crime in Pittsburgh. However, when the eyes of the world aren’t on our liberal politicians, they’re more than happy to fraternize with the Nation of Islam leader. They may try to pass him off as a “civil rights icon” or some such mess, all while wallpapering over his multifarious hatreds.
That’s why it’s probably good to begin with a refresher on what Farrakhan has said about Jewish people in the past:
“Don’t you forget, when it’s God who puts you in the ovens, it’s forever!” — Farrakhan in 1985, according to The Weekly Standard, talking about what will happen to Jewish people in the afterlife.
“I believe that for the small numbers of Jewish people in the United States, they exercise a tremendous amount of influence on the affairs of government …Yes, they exercise extraordinary control, and black people will never be free in this country until they are free of that kind of control.” — Farrakhan during a 1997 appearance on “Meet the Press.”
“I don’t own Hollywood. Who depicted Black people? Who writes the books? Who writes the plays, the songs that make us look less than human? Do you mean to tell me that Jews have never done any evil to Black people?…Were they not involved in the slave trade? Yes, they were…and to the extent that they were involved, somebody has to bring them to account. And I believe that has fallen on me.” — Farrakhan on the Jewish people in 1994.
“The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road.” — Farrakhan during a Savior’s Day speech in 1998.
“The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.” — Farrakhan on the Nazis, 1984.
This is obviously a sick man with a long and storied history of straight-up anti-Semitism; there aren’t any dog whistles here. This is basically a black David Duke with a savior complex.
So why, then, do the Democrats feel the need to show this man any fealty?
We can look, first, at the highest-profile Democrat to have met with Farrakhan: None other than former President Barack Obama, from his days as a U.S. senator.
Recall that this 2005 photo of Obama and Louis Farrakhan, who has openly called Jews “termites” and called for their destruction, was deliberately suppressed by media and congressional Democrats for 13 years, in case you’re wondering who they actually care about protecting. pic.twitter.com/rG2ZP7Tsm6
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 29, 2018
Keep in mind that this picture was kept secret for years; while it took place three years before Obama ran for president, it only came to light two years after he left office. And when it was released, nobody in the media seemed to particularly care. (Here’s where one would normally insert that emoji of the smiley-face rubbing its chin and thinking.)
Of course, other media darlings have also been quite close with the Nation of Islam leader. Here’s California Democratic Rep. Maxine Water giving a hug to Farrakhan shortly after Hurricane Katrina, also in 2005.
Neither of these Democrats can actually be accused of being in the Nation of Islam, however.
The same can’t be said for Rep. Keith Ellison. While the Minnesota Democrat is probably better known these days for allegations that he abused two former partners, Ellison was once a member of the religious sect but says he’s disavowed its belief systems.
The important word there is says: “Despite that professed distance from Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, Rep. Ellison attended a 2013 event given by Iran’s president Rouhani that included Farrakhan, and Farrakhan himself has spoken of a 2015 visit by Reps. Ellison and Andre Carson to Farrakhan’s Washington, D.C., hotel suite,” The Weekly Standard reported earlier this year.
“Now a series of photographs reveals a recent visit by Ellison to the Chicago headquarters of the Coalition for the Remembrance of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad (CROE), an organization formed in 1987 to honor and promote the teaching of Elijah Muhammad, former leader of the Nation of Islam and mentor to Louis Farrakhan. Although the exact date of the photographs is not clear, other factors suggest sometime between 2014 and 2016.”
I since wrote in @weeklystandard of a visit @keithellison made to a Nation of Islam museum/radio studio in Chicago (CROE) some time in the past few years, but Ellison has not commented on that visit either.https://t.co/vj36zPvEFD
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) June 12, 2018
Nor is this liberal worship of Farrakhan a recent thing. Witness this 1993 town hall meeting titled “Race in America” hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus. Farrakhan appears with several congressmen — all Democrats — during the symposium.
If we’re going to talk about legislators in Washington fomenting hate, we need to start with the most egregious examples.
Farrakhan is a reprehensible bigot, a man who should be disowned by every American, particularly after the events of this past weekend.
This is a man whose rhetoric is the same as the Pittsburgh killer’s. This is a man who has incited hatred for decades.
He’s seen as a civil rights icon, yet there’s arguably no other individual who has done as much to attack the civil rights of Jewish people as Farrakhan has.
That he hasn’t been disowned yet — and will likely continue to be adored — should tell you all you need to know about the hypocrisy of the Democrats.
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