GOP Resolution Pressures Dems to Denounce anti-Semitic Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan
House Republicans are calling on Democrats to condemn Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam (a designated hate group), in the wake of revelations that eight Democratic members have ties to him -- including the third-ranking member in the House and the DNC's second-in-command.
Those members are Reps Keith Ellison (D-MN), Maxine Waters (D-CA), Danny Davis (D-Il), Al Green (D-TX), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Andre Carson (D-IN), Gregory Meeks (D-NY), and James E. (Jim) Clyburn (D-SC).
The Republican Jewish Coalition has called on seven of those members (minus Clyburn) to resign due to their support for Farrakhan.
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) introduced a resolution Tuesday condemning Farrakhan for “promoting ideas that create animosity and anger” toward Jewish Americans and the Jewish religion, and condemning "all manifestations of expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic or religious intolerance.”
The Anti-Defamation League calls Farrakhan "the leading anti-Semite in America," who for 30 years "has espoused and promoted anti-Semitism and racism" and "has repeatedly alleged that the Jewish people were responsible for the slave trade, as well as the 9/11 attacks."
ADL created a compilation video of some of Farrakhan's uglier anti-Semitic outbursts:
In 1984, Farrakhan actually called Adolf Hitler "a very great man" who "raised Germany up from nothing."
Farrakhan has long preached to his followers that "a mother wheel" hovers over the earth -- "a heavily armed" space ship of death that will "rain destruction upon white America, but save those who embrace the Nation of Islam."
His latest racist and anti-Semitic eruption came during the Nation of Islam's "Saviours' Day" convention on Feb. 25, 2018.
“White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I'm here to say your time is up, your world is through," Farrakhan said in his address.
Farrakhan proudly posted that portion of his nearly four-hour speech on Facebook:
“There is no place in our civil discourse for this clear anti-Semitism and hate for another group of human beings,” Rokita said in a statement. “I urge my House colleagues to join me in condemning Louis Farrakhan’s hateful and anti-Semitic attacks, while also reaffirming our nation’s commitment to our Jewish neighbors and our greatest ally, the nation of Israel.”
Republicans are calling the the House Democrats who have ties to Farrakhan "the Hateful Farrakhan 8."
Several of them have met with Farrakhan—including Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair Rep. Keith Ellison, and Congressional Black Caucus Reps. Andre Carson and Gregory Meeks. The three of them attended a dinner with Farrakhan in 2013 hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Both Carson and Ellison met privately with Farrakhan in 2016 as well, the Washington Post fact-checker confirmed.