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NTK Fact Check: Ellison Claims He Hasn’t Associated with Louis Farrakhan Since the 1990s

"My opponents keep dragging it up," Ellison claimed during Sunday's debate. "But it isn't true, it absolutely isn't true."

By NTK Staff | 10.22.2018 @12:05pm

THE CLAIM:

Democratic National Committee (DNC) Vice Chair and candidate for attorney general of Minnesota, Rep. Keith Ellison, claimed that he had denounced the Nation of Islam leader, Louis Farrakhan, since the early 1990s during a debate on Sunday.

Ellison’s opponent, state Rep. Doug Wardlow (R-MN), highlighted Ellison’s ties to Farrakhan during the debate. That sparked this response from Ellison:

ELLISON: “I absolutely unqualifiedly denounce and dismiss and reject the views of Louis Farrakhan. I’ve said that many many years ago. Look, in the early 1990s, Louis Farrakhan was a person speaking the issues of American Civil Rights. At that time, he had some things, I thought, he had some things to offer. He made it very clear in the early 90s that his views and mine were absolutely incompatible, and I’ve been saying that ever since, and my opponents keep dragging it up. But it isn’t true, it absolutely isn’t true.”

Wardlow then pointed out how in 1995, Ellison authored an op-ed defending Farrakhan, to which Ellison responded, “95 is a long time ago.”

WHO IS FARRAKHAN:

Farrakhan is a notorious anti-Semite who in the past has called the Jewish people his “enemy,” “satanic,” and claimed the Jewish people are responsible for “filth and degenerate behavior,” while also praising Adolf Hitler as a “very great man.”

Just last week Farrakhan tweeted that he doesn’t consider himself an anti-Semite adding, “I’m Anti-Termite.”

THE FACTS:

In the 1980s and 1990s, Ellison defended Farrakhan, as well as speakers who accused Jews of collaborating with Nazis, and called Farrakhan a “role model for black youth.”

The Washington Post reported earlier this year that Ellison has met with Farrakhan on three separate occasions between 2010 to 2016.

According to the Washington Post Ellsion “met privately with Farrakhan,” as recently as 2016.

The Washington Post fact checkers gave Ellison four “Pinocchios” for claiming that he had ended his relationship with Farrakhan in 1990s in March of this year.

RATING:

Ellison’s claim is patently false, as noted by the Washington Post. NTK Network gives Ellison’s claim that he has not associated with Farrakhan since the 1990s a ruling of “very fake news.”

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