Democratic Congressman and candidate for the next DNC chief Keith Ellison canceled an interview with The New York Times Tuesday after learning they planned to ask about his ties to controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Ellison is the first Muslim to be elected to Congress, but his first congressional run in Minnesota in 2006 prompted questions about his ties to Farrakhan. While a student at the University of Minnesota Law School, he wrote several articles defending Farrakhan, and later worked with the Nation of Islam for eighteen months.
Farrakhan is a rabid anti-Semite, has accused Jews of being behind 9/11 and the slave trade, and once said that God was the one who “put them in the oven.” In addition, he teaches that white people are “a race of devils” created by a black scientist named Yakub 6000 years.
“Aides to Mr. Ellison were going to make him available for a telephone interview, but then declined when informed that he would be asked about his past comments on Mr. Farrakhan,” The New York Times reported. “They emailed a list of his links to the Jewish community and a statement that said, ‘Democrats need an organizer who will energize the grass-roots across this country to build the party from the bottom up.’”
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