Pretend journalist and Just For Men model, Sean Hannity, is so butt hurt following Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) laying into him this past Tuesday that he decided it was probably best to attack Ellison when he wasn’t there to defend himself.
The Father Knows Best of Fox News commenced his crusade against Rep. Ellison by trying to connect him with radical Muslims particularly Nation of Islam founder Louis Farrakhan
“We decided to take a closer look at the man who called me immoral and a liar,” Hannity began. “Now it didn’t take long to prove his hypocrisy, as his past reveals a host of radical connections primarily to Louis Farrakhan and The Nation of Islam.” (Think Progress)
It’s fascinating how Fox News can dig up old video and soundbites when it suits its far-right narrative, but yet seems to have amnesia when it comes to comments it made days ago. That said, Hannity resurrected some attacks from Rep.Ellison’s 2006 Congressional campaign and assailed Ellison for having the audacity to stand on the same stage as Louis Farrakhan.
But in a letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council six years ago, Ellison apologized for failing to adequately scrutinize the positions and statements of the Nation of Islam.
“I wrongly dismissed concerns that they were anti-Semitic,” he wrote, adding, “They were and are anti-Semitic and I should have come to that conclusion earlier than I did.” “I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues.”(Think Progress)
As much as Hannity would love for Ellison to have a whole closet full of copies of Mein Kampf and Mel Gibson voice mail recordings, it seems that the Muslim congressman showed no history of antisemitism, according to Ellison’s Jewish Law School peers.
“Representative Ellison is a friend to the Jewish community and we have enjoyed a strong working relationship with him since he assumed office in 2007,” the group said in a statement released last year, defending Ellison from anti-Muslim attacks. (Think Progress)
Watch the attack on Ellison by Hannity below:
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