Proving they’re not giving up identity politics despite devastating losses politically, the Democratic National Committee favors Keith Ellison to head up the party. The first Muslim elected to Congress, Mr. Ellison is now running for the position against Sally Boynton Brown, Raymond Buckley, Pete Buttigieg, and a few other people you’ve never heard of before.
For all the talk about the House Ethics Committee recently, there wasn’t nearly as much coverage on their investigation into Ellison as there was a recent attempt to gut the committee. In December, the House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Ellison, after he failed to disclose that a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood paid for his pilgrimage to Mecca, the Islamic holy site. While the Muslim Brotherhood is designated a terrorist organization in Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Syria, the United Stab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia — it lacks that designation in the U.S.
However, that may not be the case for much longer. As Sunshine State News reports:
This week a South Florida Republican congressman once again paired up with U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in urging the federal government to recognize the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
On Tuesday, Cruz and U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., brought out the “Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act.” While noting members of the Muslim Brotherhood are classified as terrorists, the organization as a whole is not. This not a new topic for the two Republicans who brought out a similar proposal back in November 2015.“I am proud to once again work with Senator Cruz to introduce this legislation in the 115th Congress,” Diaz-Balart said on Tuesday as he brought out the bill “The Muslim Brotherhood continues to support terrorist organizations that are responsible for acts of violence around the world,” Congressman Diaz-Balart said. “This bill would impose tough sanctions on a hateful group that has spread violence and spawned extremist movements throughout the Middle East. This designation is long overdue, and I look forward to working with the incoming administration and the appropriate committees to ensure that this bill becomes law. We have an incoming president who appreciates the threat of terrorism and has vowed to defeat it. Designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization is an important step in defeating violent extremists.” “This bill recognizes the simple fact that the Muslim Brotherhood is a radical Islamic terrorist group,” Cruz said when he first introduced the bill. “For years, American presidents of both parties have correctly designated the Brotherhood’s various affiliates, such as Hamas and Ansar al-Sharia, as terrorist groups. They have designated individual Muslim Brotherhood leaders such as Shaykh Abd-al-Majd Al-Zindani, who was complicit in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole, and Sami Al-Hajj, who was captured on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in 2001 running money and weapons for al Qaida, as terrorists. Now we can reject the fantasy that their parent institution is a political entity that is somehow separate from these violent activities.
Given that two nations operating under Sharia law — Saudi Arabia and Qatar — have branded the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorism organization, it’s hard to not imagine why we wouldn’t do the same. If Ellison is elected DNC chair, and then the Brotherhood is designated a terrorist organization, how exactly is he going to explain that away?
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]