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Keith Ellison Criticizes Trump Admin for ‘Hateful’ Ties, Ignores His Own

The Deputy DNC Chair criticized Trump for his connections to white supremacy, white nationalism, and the alt-right, despite being connected himself to anti-Semites.

Keith Ellison DNC 2017

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, emailed his supporters on Friday attacking the Trump administration’s connections to “hateful elements.”

He called for Trump to remove aides like Sebastian Gorka and Stephen Miller in the wake of the dismissal of chief strategist Steve Bannon:

But the fact is that even with Steve Bannon gone, Donald Trump’s inner circle still includes prominent white nationalists and enablers of white supremacy.

Seb Gorka, one of Trump’s top aides, is a member of a Hungarian Nazi organization. Senior advisor Stephen Miller is a devotee of Richard Spencer, a leader of the so-called alt-right who cheered on Trump’s disgraceful response to the events in Charlottesville.

These men are so far below anyone who should be serving in government, and it’s beyond disturbing they continue to have the ear of the President of the United States. And as long as they remain among his closest advisors, Trump can never truly reject the hatred that they perpetuate.

Ellison’s moral stance is interesting, given his connections to anti-Semitic organizations. In the 1980s and 1990s, Ellison defended Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan, as well as speakers who accused Jews of collaborating with Nazis.

Ellison called Farrakhan a “role model for black youth,” despite Farrakhan propagating theories of they global Jewish conspiracy, according to the Anti-Defamation League:

Farrakhan has alleged that the Jewish people were responsible for the slave trade and that they conspire to control the government, the media, Hollywood, and various Black individuals and organizations.