The anti-semitic preacher, Louis Farrakhan, doesn’t seem to be quieting down his racist rhetoric anytime soon and it doesn’t look like Democrats are planning on condemning him anytime soon as well, reports The Washington Times.
A delegation of black organizations made the rounds Monday on Capitol Hill to promote a proposal condemning President Trump and lobby against an anti-Farrakhan resolution introduced by Rep. Todd Rokita, Indiana Republican.
It is not clear whether the group actually changed any minds, but the effort did serve to stoke the uproar engulfing members of the Congressional Black Caucus over their ties to Farrakhan.
Led by Malik Zulu Shabazz, president of Black Lawyers for Justice, the group included members of the 10,000 Black Men’s March, New Black Panther Party, Anacostia Citizens for Justice, Prince Georges County Peoples Coalition, and Black Lives Matter, according to a press release.
The release also listed the National Action Network, founded by longtime activist and MSNBC host Al Sharpton, but a NAN spokeswoman said the group did not participate in the lobbying effort.
“Remember, we must condemn Donald Trump, and not Louis Farrakhan. Donald Trump’s in power. Louis Farrakhan is just a private citizen,” Shabazz told Rokita staffers in a video posted by the National Black Men’s Convention.
Shabazz also criticized caucus members who have denounced Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic vitriol, promising to “jam up these so-called black representatives.”
The Final Call, the Nation of Islam newspaper, has blasted the black Democrats for “caving in” to “Zionist pressure,” while the Republican Jewish Coalition has called for eight caucus members to resign over their Farrakhan ties.
“We’re going to get some action,” Mr. Shabazz said. “Because regardless, we’re going to get to know these Congressional Black Caucus people and they’re going to know that they are not going to bow to white people, they are going to bow to us.” He added, “You’re going to represent us or we’re going to triple and quadruple our numbers and drive you out of here.”
What Rokita is proposing would condemn Farrakhan for “promoting ideas that create animosity and anger toward Jewish Americans and the Jewish religion,” citing his Feb. 25 speech in Chicago at which he blasted “the Satanic Jew” and declared that “white folks are going down.”
Another liberal who refuses to condemn Farrakhan’s actions is the Women’s March co-president Tamika D. Mallory, who has also been a leader of the anti-Trump resistance.
The episode came shortly after a Nation of Islam photographer released a 2005 photo of then-Sen. Barack Obama posing at a caucus meeting with Farrakhan, saying he had suppressed the picture at the request of the caucus to protect Obama’s political career.
Eight caucus members, including the Democratic National Committee deputy chair Keith Ellison, become involved in the scandal as well following disclosures that they had met with or associated in recent years with Farrakhan.
After weeks of speculation on his Farrakhan relationship, Mr. Ellison said in a post on Sunday that “I do not have and have never had a relationship with Farrakhan, but I have been in the same room with him,” referring to a 2013 dinner sponsored by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Ellison said that the Nation of Islam leader’s “disparaging views on Jewish people, women and the LGBT community became clearer to me” after he participated in the 1995 Million Man March, led by Farrakhan.
“I believe my long record of fighting and condemning all prejudice, including anti-Semitism from whatever source, should speak for itself,” Ellison said in his post on Medium. “But those who aim to make me guilty by false association have made themselves hard to ignore.”
Rokita accused the “liberal media elite” of muzzling the Farrakhan flap, saying, “If this happened to a Republican, if there was some meeting like this, we wouldn’t last a day in office.”
“It’s ridiculous that I even had to introduce this resolution,” Rokita said Friday on Fox’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “It’s an easy question. Do you condemn anti-Semitism? And the modern Democratic Party can’t answer the question.”