Identity politics hasn’t panned out for Democrats, but if their reaction to their loss to Donald Trump is any hint, they won’t be giving it up any time soon. Rather than acknowledge the failed strategy of branding everyone they disagree with as “racist” cost Democrats the white working class, they’ve doubled down, pointing the finger at everything except themselves.
At least they didn’t focus on identity when it came to voting for DNC chair, picking establishment candidate Tom Perez over progressive darling Keith Ellison, the first Muslim to be elected to Congress. Ellison instead became the new deputy chairman of the DNC, and with his new position of power, you can expect something even worse than identity politics.
As Front Page Mag reported:
Ellison has a plan to recruit additional Muslim lawmakers like him — including possible candidates sponsored by a terror-tied Islamist group for which he helped raise millions of dollars, according to a source who once prayed alongside him in the basement of the Capitol.
Ellison has held Friday, or jummah, prayers with other Muslims, including staffers from the Congressional Muslim Staff Association and officials from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), in a prayer room, or musallah, in the lower level of the Capitol building.CAIR has been declared a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates and was named by federal prosecutors as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Hamas terrorist-funding operation. UAE Foreign Affairs Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al-Nahyan explained “We cannot accept incitement or [terror] funding when we look at some of these organizations. For many countries, the definition of terror is that you have to carry a weapon and terrorize people. For us, it’s far beyond that. We cannot tolerate even the smallest and tiniest amount of terrorism.”
A former CAIR intern who prayed with Ellison says Ellison once boasted that his breaking of the Muslim barrier on the Hill would usher in dozens of other Muslim lawmakers like him, and that he had an election-by-election vision for increasing their ranks.
He said he [Ellison] envisioned a Congressional Muslim Caucus that would rival the Black Caucus in size and influence, and push for “Muslim-friendly public policies,” such as gutting the Patriot Act, criminalizing the profiling of Muslims in terrorism investigations, and preventing the surveillance of mosques.
His new key role in bringing more Muslims into Congress concerns security experts, because Ellison has made anti-Semitic remarks in talks with Muslim groups and aligned himself with known radical Islamists, and would likely recruit more Islamists with help from terrorist front groups like CAIR.
The FBI has investigated CAIR for terror ties in the past, and, as The Federalist noted:
CAIR settled a lawsuit that accused it of being a terrorist-supporting front organization. “CAIR initiated a libel lawsuit in 2004 over five statements by a group called Anti-CAIR. But two years later, CAIR settled the suit with prejudice (meaning that it cannot be reopened), implicitly acknowledging the accuracy of Anti-CAIR’s assertions.”
That’s not all too surprising, especially when you consider that “[a]t least seven board members or staff at CAIR have been arrested, denied entry to the U.S., or were indicted on or pleaded guilty to (or were convicted of) terrorist charges.”
As CAIR will tell you, pointing all this out is Islamophobic, of course.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]