Candidate for AG Lying about Anti-Semite Ties Must Step Down

In a debate for a “local” statewide race with national implications, Minnesota Attorney General Candidate Rep. Keith Ellison again lied about his ties to racist, anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. Rep. Ellison is also the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.  His constant lying about the ties should be a red flag for a multitude of reasons including that an Attorney General is in charge of enforcing the law regardless of race or creed. 

As the Washington Post detailed early this year when giving him four Pinocchios:

Ellison, vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and one of two Muslim members of Congress, faced questions about his association with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, when he sought the chairmanship of the DNC in 2017.

Ellison, who had defended Farrakhan against charges of anti-Semitism as a law student, publicly renounced the Nation of Islam in 2006 when he first ran for Congress, but the issue re-emerged after a CNN exploration about his decade-long involvement in the group. . . .

2016: Ellison met privately with Farrakhan. Shortly after Ellison wrote his Washington Post article, Farrakhan posted an interview on his Facebook page in which he said the “deceitful” op-ed was the result of “Jewish control of politics, economics, Hollywood, music, media.” . . .

Ellison repeatedly has danced around the question of his association with Farrakhan, including whether they have crossed paths since he publicly cut ties with the Nation of Islam in 2006. But he needs to provide a better explanation for what he was doing in Farrakhan’s hotel suite in 2016 and what they discussed. He cannot claim to have “disavowed” Farrakhan more than a decade ago while moving in the same circles and apparently having a friendly chat behind closed doors.

But after yesterday there can be no doubt Ellison was lying about his association with anti-Semite and bigoted Farrakhan:

Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison misled the public during the Minnesota attorney general debate Sunday about his ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious racist and anti-Semite. .  .

“He [Farrakhan] made it very clear in the early 1990s that his views and mine were absolutely incompatible and I’ve been saying that ever since,” Ellison said, in response to an attack from Republican candidate Doug Wardlow. . . . Ellison in 2006 admitted to The Washington Post that he worked with the Nation of Islam for approximately 18 months ahead of Farrakhan’s October 1995 Million Man March. Ellison wrote an op-ed defending Farrakhan in November 1995, one month after the march. . . .

One of those meetings was a private hotel meeting in 2015 between Ellison, Farrakhan and Democratic Indiana Rep. Andre Carson.

Two of the three attendees — Carson and Farrakhan — have admitted that the meeting took place, while Ellison has repeatedly denied that it did.

Ellison's continuing relationship with an unapologetic racist and anti-Semite and lying about it make him unfit to be the leading law enforcement official of a state.  Ellison should withdraw from the race and, if he does not, all sides of the political spectrum should call on him to step down.