A few years back, Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison and Louis Farrakhan sat down together at a dinner in Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s honor:
In September 2013, however, Messrs. Ellison and Farrakhan dined together. The occasion was a visit by Iran’s newly elected President Hassan Rouhani to the United Nations. Mr. Rouhani invited Muslim leaders from around the U.S. to dinner after addressing the U.N. General Assembly. Contemporaneous news reports placed Mr. Farrakhan at the dinner. Unreported by mainstream outlets was the presence of Mr. Ellison, along with Reps. Gregory Meeks of New York and Andre Carson of Indiana. (All three are Democrats; Messrs. Ellison and Carson are Muslim.)
The Nation of Islam website documents the event, noting that Mr. Rouhani “hosted the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, Muslim leaders from different Islamic communities and members of the U.S. Congress at a private meeting . . . at the One UN Hotel in Manhattan Sept. 24, 2013 across the street from the UN headquarters.” The Final Call, a Nation of Islam publication, added that “ Keith Ellison of Minnesota . . . participated in the dialogue” after dinner and includes photos of Messrs. Farrakhan and Ellison at the tables. The Michigan-based Islamic House of Wisdom also reported on the meeting, with additional photos.
According to Mr. Farrakhan, the 2013 meeting was not the last time he and Mr. Ellison were together. After Mr. Ellison renewed his denunciation of Mr. Farrakhan in 2016, Mr. Farrakhan stated in an interview that Reps. Ellison and Carson had visited him in his Washington hotel suite the preceding summer.
Well, earlier today, Weekly Standard freelance writer Jerry Bier (who also wrote the WSJ piece quoted above) wondered if some of Barack Obama’s favorite people had anything to say about Ellison and Farrakhan’s dinner date:
Curious if @keithellison had the blessing of the @BarackObama admin to attend the 2013 dinner given by Iran's @HassanRouhani in New York. Any comment @JohnKerry, @jonfavs, @jonlovett, @TVietor08, @danpfeiffer? https://t.co/TJ9y1lWQUv
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) February 13, 2018
Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett must’ve figured he could dodge the question by snarkily playing the Islamophobia card, because that’s basically what he did:
Well the goal was to get all the muslim decoder rings together so yeah it was sort of planned. https://t.co/PG7gbtUmtx
— Jon Lovett (@jonlovett) February 13, 2018
Come on man, you're better than that.
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) February 13, 2018
See, that’s the thing: He really isn’t.
The proper answer is: OMG the DNC deputy chair met with anti-semites, not deflection.
— A Girl Has No Name (@Mellecon) February 13, 2018
yeah, it's hilarious that a bunch of House Democrats attended a private dinner with a rabid anti-Semite, ha ha ha https://t.co/SQCZ6UXZnd
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) February 13, 2018
It's all yucks when Dems meet with anti-Semites.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) February 13, 2018
Yes, the fine folks at the Pod would surely laugh off a senior GOP official hanging out with David Duke, especially if that official once worked for Duke’s group! https://t.co/7NsdbCQH0s
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) February 13, 2018
Oh yes. Most definitely.
When you can’t defend the indefensible but you also don’t want to admit that it’s indefensible, so you just make a lame joke implying bigotry by the questioner instead. https://t.co/d9kkGnvR2N
— James Hasson (@JamesHasson20) February 13, 2018
It's cute that you pretend that you talk about "decoder rings" as if there isn't a long trail of public statements by some of these people.
It's pathetic that you defend bigots by calling other people bigots.
— The Very Model (@RD_52169) February 13, 2018