And that’s that. He won’t have to resign from his DNC post, much less from Congress. The establishment media will not bother him. He will suffer no consequences whatsoever. The Democrats and establishment media will take at face value his claim to disavow anti-Semitism.
There will be no whisper about his links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Ellison has spoken at a convention of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Yet ISNA has actually admitted its ties to Hamas, which styles itself the Palestinian arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Justice Department actually classified ISNA among entities “who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.” And in 2008, Ellison accepted $13,350 from the Muslim American Society (MAS) to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. The Muslim American Society is a Muslim Brotherhood organization: “In recent years, the U.S. Brotherhood operated under the name Muslim American Society, according to documents and interviews. One of the nation’s major Islamic groups, it was incorporated in Illinois in 1993 after a contentious debate among Brotherhood members.” That’s from the Chicago Tribune in 2004, in an article that is now carried on the Muslim Brotherhood’s English-language website, Ikhwanweb.
But no one cares. Just imagine the outcry, however, if some member of the Trump administration were discovered to have gone to a dinner hosted by David Duke. The outcry would be immediate and insistent, and there would rightfully be calls for the official’s resignation. No disavowal of racism would be deemed acceptable; the offender would just have to go. Why is this different?
“Keith Ellison says he attended Iranian president’s dinner to advocate for captive American,” by Ron Kampeas, JTA, February 13, 2018:
WASHINGTON (JTA) — Rep. Keith Ellison, the second in charge at the Democratic Party, pushed back against criticism for his attendance at a 2013 dinner hosted by the Iranian government whose guests included Louis Farrakhan, saying he was advocating for the Iran nuclear deal and the freedom of a captive American.
“As part of the 2013 U.N. General Assembly, and as negotiations were under way for what would become the Iran deal, I attended a meeting with President [Hassan] Rouhani and nearly 50 American Muslim leaders,” Ellison, D-Minn., said in a statement Monday night. “This was not a private dinner, I didn’t know in advance who else would be there, and my decision to attend was not an endorsement of the political views of other attendees.”
Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, was responding in part to a Wall Street Journal op-ed last week noting that Farrakhan, the virulently anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam, also attended the event. The Journal op-ed quoted a Nation of Islam publication as saying the meeting was “private.”
“I attended the meeting to advocate for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear issue and to press President Rouhani face-to-face for the release of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, who was illegally detained and tortured by the Iranian regime,” Ellison said. “As always, I disavow anti-Semitism and bigotry in all of its forms.”…