Democratic Congressman Keith Ellison, the deputy chairman of the DNC, has been accused of domestic violence by his ex-girlfriend, Karen Monahan.
The accusations were shared by attorney Debra Hilstrom, a Democrat member of Minnesota’s house of representatives.
‘Violence Is Never OK’
Hilstrom tweeted a shocking Facebook post written by Karen’s son Austin Monahan.
Austin had tagged Hilstrom in the hopes of shining a spotlight on the alleged abuse his mom suffered at the hands of Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress.
“This post was brought to my attention because I was tagged in this post,” Hilstrom tweeted. “Domestic Violence is never ok. The incidents described are troubling. I call on Keith Ellison to answer these allegations.”
Hilstrom is running against Ellison to be attorney general of Minnesota, which may be why Austin Monahan reached out to her.
These skeletons in Ellison’s closet could also explain why he abruptly announced he would not seek re-election to Congress.
This post was brought to my attention because I was tagged in this post. Domestic Violence is never ok. The incidents described are troubling. I call on Keith Ellison to answer these allegations.https://t.co/CQ1LSVfZqf
— Debra Hilstrom (@debrahilstrom) August 12, 2018
Ex-Girlfriend’s Son: Keith Ellison Threatened and Assaulted My Mom
In the emotional Facebook post, Austin Monahan accused Ellison of assaulting, harassing, threatening, and verbally abusing his mom.
“My name is Austin Monahan and I am writing this letter on behalf of me and my brother,” Austin wrote. “My brother and I watched our mom come out of pure hell after getting out of her relationship with Keith Ellison.”
Austin continued: “In the middle of 2017, I was using my mom’s computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file, I found over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a “f*cking b*tch” and telling her to get the f*ck out of his house.”
Ellison Threatened Girlfriend If She Went Public
Austin added: “The messages I found, were mixed with him consistently telling my mom he wanted her back, he missed her, he knew he f*cked up and we wished he could do things different, he would victim shaming, bully her, and threaten her if she went public.”
Karen Monahan confirmed the abuse allegations. She tweeted that she shut down her Facebook account because she’s afraid of backlash.
I shut down my facebook 2 days ago because I didn’t want my kids seeing post people were posting to me. I really can’t activate it now cause will be worse for them. My son is getting bullied on FB, DO NOT BULLY MY KIDS. tweet to me and leave them out of it
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 12, 2018
Karen tweeted: “That was my son who posted and its true. He wouldn’t lie about his own mom.”
That was my son who posted and its true. He wouldn’t lie about his own mom
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 12, 2018
In a statement, Keith Ellison confirmed that he had dated Karen Monahan but denied that a videotape exists. Tellingly, Ellison did not deny the abuse accusations.
“Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being,” he said. “This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way.”
Second Ex-Girlfriend Filed Restraining Order
In 2006, a woman named Amy L. Alexander said she filed a restraining order against Keith Ellison because he abused her too. See her 911 call records here.
In 2006, Amy L. Alexander wrote that Keith Ellison:
—made advances not caring that he was married
—was a “little dictator”
—belittled her weight
—ostracized her from the community
—called her a “bitch” when he felt he couldn’t control her
—caused her to seek a restraining order pic.twitter.com/5QIPfYZxwC
— Richard Armande Mills (RAM) (@RAMRANTS) August 12, 2018
In a December 2017 interview with Ahmed Tharwat, host of the Arab-American TV show “Belahdan,” Karen said she is a victim of domestic violence, but did not specifically name Ellison as her abuser.
In a YouTube video, Monahan suggested that the reason why she kept quiet about the abuse was shame and fear of retaliation.
“There so much shame associated with this,” Monahan said (see video starting at 16:29). “A lot of times, it’s like, ‘I’m not going to speak out because I know I’m going to be shamed, minimized, invalidated, and isolated’…Think about the power dynamics with elected officials. They have a built-in staff that’s paid to protect them.”
If the abuse allegations against Ellison are true, they mirror similar assault accusations leveled against former New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman.
As BizPac Review previously reported, Schneiderman resigned in disgrace in May 2018 after at least four women came forward to accuse him of abusing them during violent sex romps.
Schneiderman, a high-profile Democrat, raised substantial amounts of money by hosting fundraisers for Trump-bashing leftist senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) May 9, 2018
— Ray Cyst (@franniel333) August 6, 2018
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