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Dem Rep Finally Admits Relationship with Farrakhan

Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill., testifies during the House Budget Committee members' day hearing on FY2015 budget issues on Tuesday, March 25, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

Illinois Rep. Danny Davis has finally admitted that he enjoys a personal relationship with Nation of Islam leader and notorious anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan.

Davis told the Daily Caller last month that he regularly meets with Farrakhan, but his office claimed to the Anti-Defamation League that he had been “misquoted.” His office knew better than the congressman that calling Farrakhan an “outstanding human being” wouldn’t win him many votes outside of the black community.

But when pressed by the Daily Caller again, Davis came clean — proudly. “I’m a pretty global individual. So I know Farrakhan, I know the Middle East question, I know the Jews and Farrakhan — I know all that, but that’s not what I spend all my time focused on,” Davis continued, breaking into a laugh. “I know Farrakhan, been knowing him for years and years and years and years and years, and every once in a while some writer or somebody will I guess try to think of something to say about Farrakhan, but nah, my world is so much bigger than any of that. I don’t have time for that. I deal with it, you know, when it comes but nah, that’s not a real part of my focus.”

Davis appeared to dismiss criticism of Farrakhan for his anti-Semitic beliefs, saying: “That’s just one segment of what goes on in our world. The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth. For those heavy into it, that’s their thing, but it ain’t my thing.”

The congressman also bragged that he knows Farrakhan better than Rep. Keith Ellison does, who is the vice chairman of the Democratic Party. “I don’t know that Keith knows Farrakhan as well as I do — in fact, I know he doesn’t,” Davis said. “I don’t think that Keith is no person who is super engaged with Farrakhan, he just happens to be a movement,” he added. “Just like many of the folks who are Christians, they’re not super engaged with Jesus, but they say they Christians. Those are all things that come and go, and I take them in stride and keep on stepping. Before I know it, Farrakhan will be dead, Keith will be dead, I’ll be dead and the issues will still be going on.”

Did he compare Farrakhan to Jesus Christ? Or was he just being unusually incoherent?

When TheDC asked Davis about Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic comments, the congressman was dismissive and said that many people in politics have a history of inflammatory comments.

I think as the Democrats move ever leftward, they don’t mind that their relationships with violent haters like Farrakhan become known. Socialists, Communists, anarchists, radical greens — these are all people who now feel comfortable in the Democratic Party.

God help us if they ever get back in power.