Ellison Again Claims He Cut Ties With Farrakhan in 90s, Despite Continued Meetings

Washington Free Beacon | 10/22/2018 | Mikhael Smits
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BY: Mikhael Smits

Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), the Democratic candidate for attorney general in Minnesota, said in a debate Sunday night that his views were "incompatible" with Louis Farrakhan despite having continued to associate with the Nation of Islam leader over the years.

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During the televised debate between Ellison and Republican nominee Doug Wardlow, the GOP candidate accused Ellison of being an extremist, pointing to his history with Farrakhan.

Farrakhan is the national representative of the Nation of Islam. The Anti-Defamation League described the organization as having "a consistent record of anti-Semitism" since the 1930s. Farrakhan called Jews "termites" earlier this month, and has called Hitler a "great man."

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Chelsea Clinton called on Democrats to condemn Farrakhan following his "termites" comment, though her father recently shared a stage with him. Leaders of the Women’s March have refused to condemn Farrakhan.

Ellison, who is also the Democratic National Committee deputy chairman, admitted Sunday that "in the early 1990s" he thought Farrakhan "had some things I thought he had to offer." The Minnesota Democrat said he realized soon after, however, "his views and mine were absolutely incompatible, and I have been saying that ever since."

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During the debate, Wardlow claimed Farrakhan had...
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