Never content to be out-organized or not to be the most extreme party, Democrats are “scrambling to unite” behind a radical member of the Nation of Islam, a follower of Louis Farrakhan, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
Fox News reported Monday:
[Ellison said in 2007:] “9/11 is the juggernaut in American history and it allows… it’s almost like, you know, the Reichstag fire,” Ellison said, according to a Daily Telegraph report at the time. “After the Reichstag was burned, they blamed the Communists for it, and it put the leader of that country [Hitler] in a position where he could basically have authority to do whatever he wanted.”
Yeah Democrats, this is your guy. The same guy who used George Wallace as an example of a white racist Republican. Only the former Alabama governor was never a Republican; Wallace was a Democrat.
The same guy who cried anti-Muslim bigotry when blogger Scott Johnson published some disturbing history about him in the Star Tribune, that was conveniently left out of Ellison’s book.
In the book, Ellison rewrites his history to eliminate his involvement with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, dispatching his activities down the memory hole. Ellison does not simply clean up the picture. He presents himself as a (biting) critic of Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam, as though it were ever thus.
Ellison writes of Farrakhan, for example: “He could only wax eloquent while scapegoating other groups.” Although he must be drawing on his own experience, Ellison conceals the starkly autobiographical element in his observation: “In the NOI, if you’re not angry in opposition to some group of people (whites, Jews, so-called ‘sellout’ blacks), you don’t have religion.”
In a post on PowerlineBlog, Johnson wrote:
In his memoir Ellison recounts his conversion to Islam as a 19-year-old undergraduate at Detroit’s Wayne State University. By the time Ellison graduated from law school at the University of Minnesota, however, he was toeing the Nation of Islam line. When Ellison first ran for public office in Minneapolis in 1998, he was a self-identified member of the Nation of Islam going under the name Keith Ellison-Muhammad. See Keith Ellison for dummies.”
In 2000 Ellison was still talking up “Minister Farrakhan” at a National Lawyers Guild fundraiser for former Symbionese Liberation Army terrorist Kathleen Soliah/Sara Jane Olson in 2000. By 2002, however, when Ellison was first elected to the Minnesota legislature, and 2006, when he sought the DFL endorsement to succeed Rep. Martin Sabo in Congress, Ellison had abandoned the Nation of Islam and returned to the fold of Islam.
So far as I know, Ellison is the only convert to Islam for whom Islam was a way station to the Nation of Islam. How did that work? That’s one part of Ellison’s secret history that actually remains secret.
This is the guy the Democrats want to “coalesce behind.” If their goal was to freak out American Jews more than Stephen Bannon does, I think they’ve accomplished it.