Would it kill the Democrats to pick a competent DNC chair? Apparently, yes.
First we had Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a universally detested chair who ended up having to step down thanks to ethics concerns. Then she was replaced by a temporary chair, Donna Brazile, who was exposed abusing her power as a CNN contributor by leaking questions to Hillary Clinton ahead of her debates with Bernie Sanders. Had she been the official chair, it’s likely she would’ve been pressured to resign over ethics concerns too.
The primary pick thus far for the next DNC chair has been Keith Ellison, who made history as the nation’s first Muslim member of Congress. In the past, Lt. Col. West has referred to Ellison as a man who represents the antithesis of American values, and as people continue looking into Ellison’s past, it becomes more clear that he’s the last man the DNC should want leading them.As the Washington Free Beacon reported: The House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Rep. Keith Ellison after he failed to disclose that a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood paid for him to make a pilgrimage to the Islamic holy site of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Top Democrats have considered shifting to the left by electing Ellison party chairman, but critics say his previous association with radical groups should disqualify him from the leadership role.
Ellison has associated with the Muslim American Society, a Virginia-based group founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in 1993 to act as the “overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States,” according to federal prosecutors in 2007. The United Arab Emirates recently added the group to a list of terrorist organizations.In 2008, the society paid for Ellison, a practicing Muslim, to make a 16-day pilgrimage, known as the hajj, to Mecca. He was joined on the trip by Asad Zaman, who sits on the board of the Muslim American Society’s Minnesota chapter. Zaman has contributed thousands of dollars to Ellison’s congressional runs, both before and after the Mecca trip.
Eight months after Ellison returned from the trip, the House Ethics Committee questioned why he did not disclose the amount of money that the Muslim American Society paid for him to take the trip, which qualifies as a gift to a public official.Following the committee’s investigation, Ellison was told that he had to disclose that his trip cost the Muslim American Society $13,350.
Well that’s totally not suspicious at all.
When it comes to the Muslim American Society’s Muslim Brotherhood connection, they even have an internal memo that instructs their members how to respond if questioned about their ties to the Brotherhood or its support for terrorism.
“If asked, ‘Are you the Muslim Brothers?’ leaders should respond that they are an independent group called the Muslim American Society. ‘It is a self-explanatory name that does not need further explanation,’” wrote the Tribune. “And if the topic of terrorism were raised, leaders were told to say that they were against terrorism but that jihad was among a Muslim’s ‘divine legal rights’ to be used to defend himself and his people and to spread Islam.”
A former member of the society who quit due to its “anti-American sentiments and its support for violence in the Middle East” told the Tribune that its leaders had a plan to “convert Americans to Islam and elect like-minded Muslims to political office” in the United States.
“If the Brotherhood puts up somebody for an election, Muslims would vote for him not knowing he was with the Brotherhood,” the man said.
Well, now we know, and as Col. West said today, “if the enemy keeps digging himself into a hole, I say give him more shovels!”
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]