VIDEO: Hannity Compares Ellison to the KKK

Also: Ellison praised the passage of the Violence Against Women Act.

Sean Hannity continued his feud with 5th District Rep. Keith Ellison Thursday by accusing Ellison of having connections to controversial Nation of Islam pastor Louis Farrakhan and Farrakhan’s national assistant Khalid Mohammed.

The feud started during an interview with the Fox News broadcaster Wednesday in which Ellison called Hannity’s comments on sequestration "yellow journalism" and later called him “the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen” and a “shill for the Republican Party.”

On Thursday, Hannity responded by reviving attacks, first made against Ellison in his 2006 campaign, that Ellison is connected to Farrakhan and his Million Man March.

“What is the difference, I mean, do we have somebody then in Congress that is the equivalent of one side of what the Klan is?” Hannity asked. “Because I view the rabid ranting of Khalid Mohammed as frightening in terms of racism, anti-Semitism.”

While Ellison worked on the Million Man March, he said in a 2006 letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas that he has since rejected the Nation of Islam because of its “bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues.”

“I did not adequately scrutinize the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, and Khalid Mohammed,” Ellison wrote in that letter. “I wrongly dismissed concerns that they were anti-Semitic. They were and are anti-Semitic and I should have come to that conclusion earlier than I did.”


Violence Against Women Act

Ellison praised the House’s passage of the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act on a 286-138 vote Thursday. Unlike the House version of the bill, the Senate version included provisions aimed at giving immigrant, American Indian and gay victims of abuse in the bill’s full protections.

“Today’s passage of the Senate’s bipartisan Violence Against Women Act reauthorization is a victory for millions of women and men across the nation who are victims of sexual and domestic violence, and proof that the voice of the American people matters,” a news release quoted Ellison. “Unlike the proposal unveiled last week by Republicans in the House, the Senate version provides safeguards for the LGBT community, women living on Native American tribal lands, immigrants that are victims of serious crimes, college students, and victims of rape.”

Shawn Aune March 04, 2013 at 07:03 PM
In other news... While you were watching that video the Federal Reserve printed more than $8,000,000.00 to keep this farce going. They're doing this to help keep interest rates low so we can keep borrowing vast amounts of money. We couldn't have accumulated this much debt if the Federal Reserve weren't around to buy it. While you were watching that video the world consumed more oil than one of those $10,000,000.00 oil wells in North Dakota will produce in its 29 year lifetime. I'm scared that the video is way more entertaining than these facts are interesting.
Elaine Wynne March 05, 2013 at 12:48 PM
I have never seen a long section of any other network on the Patch. This appears to be a personal attack on Congressman Ellison backed up by opinions of Hannity and other Fox contributors. Patch -- this is not "fair and balanced" news. There are many things most of us dabbled with while in college which do not form our opinions or actions today. As another example of change: yesterday, the Chief of Police of Selma, Alabama, gave his badge to Congressman John Lewis, who was beaten for attempting to cross the Pettis bridge in Selma when he was a young man in a voting rights assembly (demonstration). The Chief had his arm around Cong. Lewis and offered him what he said was a much belated apology. Cong. Lewis cried. The Chief represented white people of that city who are sad for what happened and want to take responsibility for it. Thank God, people change. I saw Congressman Ellison (in talking about the sequestration),doing what the previous commenter was doing -- directing our attention to issues which are deeply important, not trivial, simplistic name calling.
Candace Oathout March 05, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Mr. Ellison has disgraced himself with his out of control ranting and rude behavior. We saw the same Keith during last years election season. He show all the signs of a bullying in his "debates". This has little to do with his religion and everything to do with his character. He has a history of changing his name to reflect his views. His pattern of behavior is not one of "someone who dabbled with while in college which do not form our opinions or actions today". His leadership in the Congressional Black Caucus, authorship of the Progressive Caucus budget and his choices to spend so much time in Middle East countries abrogate his responsibilities to his constituents. He has ignored the pleas of thousands of constituents who oppose the increasing centralization of government. If he truly wished to address sequestration, he would use his leadership ability to enforce the power of the House of Representatives to fund the government through appropriations. If our Washington elected officials truly wanted to end the farce called sequestration they could do so immediately by voting the Constitution. No one in this debate is a victim nor are they powerless to act in the interests of their constituents. To use the Nike slogan, JUST DO IT. After all that is what we elected Mr. Ellison and his colleagues to do.
Candace Oathout March 05, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Should read, He shows all the signs of a bully in his "debates".


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