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The ties between several congressional Democrats and Nation of Islam leader Farrakhan have already become a 2018 campaign issue.
Four different Democrats have either attended a private event with Farrakhan — a notorious anti-Semite who describes Jews as “Satanic” — or publicly expressed support for the hate group leader.
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In the scandal’s most recent development, three Democratic congressmen were revealed to have attended a private dinner with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Farrakhan.
Minnesota Rep. and Democratic National Committee vice-chair Keith Ellison, New York Rep. Gregory Meeks and Indiana Rep. Andre Carson all reportedly attended the dinner, the details of which only became public last week.
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In 2015, two years after the dinner with Rouhani, Carson and Ellison visited Farrakhan in a Washington hotel room, Farrakhan said in a 2016 video posted on his Facebook page. Farrakhan blamed Jews in the media for forcing Ellison to distance himself from the hate group leader.
The Daily Caller reached out to spokespeople for both Carson and Ellison to ask if they would deny Farrakhan’s account of their 2015. Neither provided an answer.
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Ellison and Carson’s dinner with Farrakhan and Rouhani, as well as their alleged 2015 meeting with Farrakhan, are already shaping up to be a potential drag on Democrats’ 2018 midterm campaigns.
Carson recently cut a minute-long ad for Democratic Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly’s re-election campaign, a fact that Donnelly may end up regretting. Republicans have slammed Donnelly for Carson’s role on his campaign and have called on him to denounce Carson’s attendance at the dinner and reported meeting with Farrakhan.
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Donnelly’s Republican challenger, Indiana Rep. Todd Rokita, slammed Donnelly for his campaign surrogate’s private dinner with the dictator and hate group leader.
“Joe Donnelly must condemn these meetings between his strongest backer Rep. Andre Carson, the leader of the world’s top sponsor of terrorism, and avowed anti-Semite hatemonger Louis...
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