Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison has won an award, albeit of a dubious type: The Washington Post’s infamous “four Pinocchios.”
As Kessler notes in his fact check, Ellison is vice chair of the Democratic National Committee and is “one of two Muslim members of Congress.”
The Minnesota congressman was caught in a confabulation over his ties to Nation of Islam crackpot Louis Farrakhan. Ellison disavowed any relationship with the incendiary anti-semite and racial pot-stirrer after he ran for Congress in 2006.
A Daily Caller expose by Peter Hasson, however, showed that Ellison had three meetings with Farrakhan, a finding cited in WaPo’s Pinocchios report. Hasson points out that Democratic Indiana Rep. Andre Carson was with Ellison at a meeting with Farrakhan, but Carson has come clean about it.
On another occasion, Ellison met with Farrakhan at a private dinner headlined by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, a purported moderate reformer according to numerous Western media outlets, but who has been characterized as a shrewd hardliner elsewhere. NY Congressman Gregory Meeks and Andre Carson were also in attendance at the dinner.
As Hasson pointed out, three Democrats were noted in Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication, as having been in attendance at the dinner, and published a photos of photos of Ellison and Meeks at the event.
Ellison has nonetheless repeatedly denied a relationship with Farrakhan since running for Congress.
“We’re talking about something that happened in 1995,” Ellison said. “This was the year that the Million Man March took off. People were attacking the march at the time. . . . Man, I’m telling you back in 2006 and before, I disavowed them. That’s the ridiculous thing about this, that we keep on having to answer this kind of stuff.”
It looks like Ellison, the former Nation of Islam member, has some explaining to do.
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