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Hannity accuses Keith Ellison of “a host of radical connections”


Sean Hannity has a history of attempting to portray Rep. Keith Ellison as a “radical Muslim.”

Hannity accuses Keith Ellison of “a host of radical connections”


Sean Hannity attempted to tie Muslim Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., to controversial Nation of Islam pastor Louis Farrakhan and his national assistant Khalid Mohammed, following anexplosive interview on Fox News earlier this week in which Ellison accused Hannity of being “the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen” and a “shill for the Republican Party.”

In a segment on his show Thursday, Hannity accused Ellison of having “a host of radical connections,” and revived attacks made during Ellison’s 2006 campaign about ties to Farrakhan and the Million Man March. “The reality is, the congressman not only associated with these radicals – but he spent years spewing their hateful rhetoric,” Hannity said.

He continued: “What is the difference, I mean, do we have somebody then in Congress that is the equivalent of one side of what the Klan is? Because I view the rabid ranting of Khalid Mohammed as frightening in terms of racism, anti-Semitism.”

As ThinkProgress reports, Ellison addressed his work with the Million Man March and Farrakhan several years ago:

In the late 1990s, Ellison worked with the group to organize the Million Man March, but apologized for failing to “adequately scrutinize the positions and statements” of the Nation of Islam and Farrakhan six years ago in a letter to the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

“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.”

Watch, via MediaMatters:

MediaMatters points out that this is not the first time Hannity has attacked Ellison for reasons related to his religion. In 2006, when Ellison was sworn into office and took his oath on a Quran, Hannity compared it to using “Hitler’s ‘Mein Kampf,’ which is the Nazi bible.”

In advance of the segment, Ellison’s office sent out a statement calling Hannity’s attacks a “smear.”

“Tonight on Fox News, Sean Hannity will be airing a segment designed to smear Rep. Keith Ellison’s record,” wrote Ellison’s communications director Jeremy Slevin. “We need as many of our friends as possible supporting Rep. Ellison and helping him stand up against right-wing hate.”


Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at JILLIAN RAYFIELD.

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  • Tarig Musa

    brilliant! He can’t defend himself so he brings on a couple of house Negroes to stroke his ego, it would be funny if it wasn’t so pitiful!

  • techkid90

    Kind of side when your argument consists nothing but conspiracy theories and far fetched accusations based on vague and insignificant assumptions. The Right-wing in this country have totally lost all sense thanks to Fox Noise.

  • techkid90

    Unfortunately, a lot of people still do.

  • Tanveer Khan

    Its basically me with a towel wrapped around my lower part of my face and using a special effect on the phone i used in a bid to make the picture look stylish yet instill it with a sense of foreboding.

  • Ahmed

    Yeah, he is one of the few politicians who looks cool.

    BTW, what is on your avatar?

  • JD

    Fox News’ Top Five Islamophobic Smears

    Sean Hannity last night was clearly upset that Rep. Keith Ellison exposed him for what he is — a partisan hack — and he is now launching attacks on the congressman
    by recycling statements Ellison made in the 1990s about the Nation of
    Islam, a group that the congressman later vociferously denounced. He
    even wondered if “we have somebody then in Congress that is the equivalent of one side of what the Klan is?”

    Hannity has attacked Ellison
    over his faith in the past, arguing that Ellison’s use of Thomas
    Jefferson’s copy of the Quran during his symbolic swearing-in ceremony
    “will embolden Islamic extremists” and is no different from a
    congressman using “Hitler’s Mein Kampf, which is the Nazi bible.”

    While the use of inflammatory language and false claims is nothing new for Sean Hannity, we decided to use the segment as an opportunity to highlight the five Islamophobic smears regularly found on Fox News.

    1. Obama is a Secret Muslim:

    Fox News host Eric Bolling claimed that Obama “answers to the Quran first and to the Constitution second” and Hannity himself alleged that Obama “went to a Muslim school.” Regular contributors like Charles Krauthammer and Donald Trump have also floated the claim that Obama was raised as a Muslim and back in 2007, Fox News ran with the discredited story that Obama was a student an Islamic “madrassa” in Indonesia.

    2. Park 51 Will be used for Terrorism:

    Dick Morris, who just recently was booted from the network following
    his hilariously bad election predictions, said that the Park 51 Islamic
    Community Center near Ground Zero is planning to “train the same kind of terrorists” that attacked the U.S. on 9/11, warning the building will be a “command center for terrorism.” Bolling alleged that Park 51 is being built to represent “the people who flew planes” into the Twin Towers and Bill O’Reilly warned the project is housing “condos for Al Qaeda.”

    3. Al Jazeera Conspiracies:

    Fox News contributor Lisa Daftari warned
    that Al Jazeera’s acquisition of Current TV will activate terrorist
    “sleeper cells” in Detroit and regular Fox guest Michelle Malkin called the channel “a cheerleader for terror” and “a Trojan Horse for terror TV.”

    4. Sharia law a-comin’:

    Regular Fox News viewers may be under the impression that President Obama, public schools and NASA seek to impose Sharia law. The network also recently hired Herman Cain as a contributor, who insisted that Muslims should be prohibited from serving in high levels of government and that localities have a right to ban mosques because Muslims seek to introduce Sharia law, warnings Hannity readily endorsed.

    5. ‘All Terrorists are Muslims’:

    Brian Kilmeade of Fox & Friends claimed that “not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims” and Bill O’Reilly has implied that all Muslims were responsible for 9/11. Fox News regularly hosts anti-Muslim guests such as Brigitte Gabriel, Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer. In fact, Fox News host Laura Ingraham and contributor John Bolton
    prematurely blamed the far-right terrorist attack in Norway on
    government offices and a left-wing party youth summit on Muslims.

  • Reynardine

    Well, well. Hannity, Hannity, puny little mannity, so injured in his vannity that he has to strike back when his opponent is no longer there…

  • Tanveer Khan

    I just looked up Mr Ellison. He sounds like a very interesting and nice guy.

  • mindy1

    I don’t think anyone even listens to hannity anymore

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