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.”