With the Clinton’s defeated, and Barack Obama leaving the White House, Democrats are in search of a leader.
And the first chance for the party to chart a new course is in the selection of a National Party Chair.
But the current favorite for the position is a supporter of Louis Farrakhan and also trafficked in 9/11 conspiracy theories.
Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison is a radical left-wing Muslim who won office in 2006.
He built his reputation as a radical left-winger during his time in Washington.
And when he threw his hat in the ring to be the DNC Chair, liberals like Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Chuck Schumer all endorsed his bid as they believed the party needed to move to a more radical brand of liberalism to combat Trump.
Some question whether selecting a far-left Muslim to be party chair – after the Democrats just lost working class voters because they focused too intensely on identity politics – is a wise choice.
Others point to Ellison’s disturbing views and connections as to why his selection would further isolate Democrats from Middle America.
Ellison worked with the Nation of Islam and supported their racist and anti-Semitic leader, Louis Farrakhan.
The Weekly Standard reported in a 2006 article:
“Ellison admits that he worked on behalf of the Nation of Islam in 1995. At a rally for the Million Man March held at the University of Minnesota, Ellison appeared onstage with Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who ran true to form: According to a contemporaneous Star Tribune article, “If words were swords, the chests of Jews, gays and whites would be pierced.”
Even in 1995, Ellison’s work on behalf of the Nation of Islam extended well beyond his promotion of the Million Man March. That year, he dutifully spouted the Farrakhan line when Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was indicted for conspiring to murder Farrakhan. Ellison organized a march on the U.S. attorney’s office in Minneapolis demanding that Shabazz be released and alleging that the FBI itself had conspired to kill Farrakhan. In a November 6, 1995, column for the Minneapolis periodical Insight News, Ellison wrote under the name “Keith X Ellison.” He condemned a Star Tribune editorial cartoon that was critical of Farrakhan as a role model for blacks because of his anti-Semitism. Ellison argued to the contrary.
Then, in February 1997, Ellison appeared as a local spokesman for the Nation of Islam with the last name “Muhammad.” He spoke at a public hearing in connection with a controversy involving Joanne Jackson of the Minnesota Initiative Against Racism (MIAR). Jackson was alleged to have said, “Jews are among the most racist white people I know.” Jackson denied making the statement or insisted that it had been taken out of context. Ellison appeared before the MIAR on behalf of the Nation of Islam in defense of Jackson’s alleged statement. According to the Star Tribune and the full text of the statement published in the Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder, Elli son said:
We stand by the truth contained in the remarks attributed to [Ms. Jackson], and by her right to express her views without sanction. Here is why we support Ms. Jackson: She is correct about Minister Farrakhan. He is not a racist. He is also not an anti-Semite. Minister Farrakhan is a tireless public servant of Black people, who constantly teaches self-reliance and self-examination to the Black community. . . . Also, it is absolutely true that merchants in Black areas generally treat Black customers badly.”
Ellison’s connection to the Nation of Islam and support of a hatemonger like Farrakhan is beginning to complicate his bid for DNC Chair.
His aides refused to make him available for an interview with the New York Times because he was going to be asked questions about his association with Farrakhan.
But what is also raising questions about his fitness for the job are his views on the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Ellison once compared them to the false-flag attacks Hitler orchestrated to gain power in Germany.
Townhall reports on Ellison’s rant that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job to allow President Bush to launch an authoritarian power grab:
“It’s almost like the Reichstag fire, kind of reminds me of that…After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader [Hitler] of that country in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”
Many conservatives are hoping the Democrats do choose Ellison as National Party Chair.
He is a relic of the identity politics era, and a radical leftist who is tied to racists and spouts conspiracy theories.
Many believe his selection will further signal to working class voters that the Democrats are held hostage by a radical base of social justice warriors, who only care about pet causes and not improving the lives of working Americans.