Van Jones Blithers While Keith Ellison Deceives
On January 1, 2017, leftist provocateur and CNN political “commentator” Van Jones broke in the new year with a blithering assessment of the Democratic Party’s current crisis. His solution: Move yet further left. His brief rant on CNN’s flagship Sunday morning propaganda showcase, State of the Union, was indicative of his woeful lack of understanding of the nature of the party’s electoral implosion and the terrible conflict the party faces between its factions. His well-rehearsed, yet bombastic imitation of a credible intellectual was all too apparent when he offered his incredibly defective appraisal of the party’s future:
When Hillary Clinton had a chance to make a VP pick, she didn’t pick someone from the progressive wing, which made it much harder to heal those wounds with the Sanders and Elizabeth Warren wing. Keith Ellison represents that wing very, very well. You also, I think, have to remember that, ah, Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren are gonna be there on the Senate floor every day. That’s gonna be an important part.
You have to understand, I think, that the, the Clinton days are over. This idea that we’re gonna be this moderate party that’s gonna move in this direction that’s going to throw, ah, blacks under the bus for criminal justice reform, and, or prison expansion, that’s gonna throw workers under the bus for NAFTA– those days are over. You can’t run and hide. You’ve gotta be an authentic person, from the beginning; you’re gonna be judged based on your authentic commitment to the actual base of this party, and that if you don’t do that you can’t win.
Jones is clearly an outlier in his judgement of the party’s dilemma. He obviously missed the election, as well as the true experts’ virtually unanimous conclusion that it was white, blue collar voters who deserted the party and propelled The Donald to the Oval Office.
If Jones’ remedy for the precipitous collapse of the Democrats’ electoral prospects is to cobble the farthest left wings of the party into some sort of new “base,” then he might want to go take a few introductory political science courses at his local community college. It is fair to expect a more logical and convincing analysis from a Yale Law graduate.
As has been widely reported, Jones endorsed the traitorous, Islamofascist pig, Keith Ellison, to be the next leader of the Democratic Party. Those in the center and on the right can only hope for such a rich gift. If the Democrats allow their party to be further derailed by the very same fringe elements that frightened the Rust Belt portion of its base into wholesale abandonment, it will only endure the departure of yet more of its core.
Last November, the Daily Caller reminded us that Keith Ellison had actually “campaigned for Libya-born activist Esam Omeish, who ran for the Virginia House of Delegates 35th district in 2009. Omeish once called on Palestinians to embrace ‘the jihad way’ in order to get free of Israeli control.”
At he fundraiser, Ellison actually met with Hamas fundraiser Mohammed al-Hanooti. According to Patrick Poole, of PJ Media:
Mohammed al-Hanooti has been identified by federal prosecutors and top counterterrorism officials as a enthusiastic supporter of Hamas — serving as one of its top fundraisers — and also as an active supporter of terrorism and extremist Islamic ideology for several decades.
Coincidentally, the Anti-Defamation League declared on December 1, 2016, that “Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) is ‘disqualified’ from being chairman of the Democratic National Committee based on remarks the congressman made about Israel in a 2010 speech.”
The Investigative Project on Terrorism, run by Steven Emerson, released this week an audio clip of Ellison speaking at a 2010 fundraiser.
“The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people,” Ellison says on the tape. “A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?”
In explaining the ADL’s position on Ellison’s candidacy for chair of the DNC, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt offered a straightforward and compelling assessment. PJM’s Johnson wrote:
“New information recently has come to light that raises serious concerns about whether Rep. Ellison faithfully could represent the Democratic Party’s traditional support for a strong and secure Israel,” Greenblatt said in a statement today, referencing Ellison’s past comments as “both deeply disturbing and disqualifying.”
“His words imply that U.S. foreign policy is based on religiously or national origin-based special interests rather than simply on America’s best interests,” he said. “Additionally, whether intentional or not, his words raise the specter of age-old stereotypes about Jewish control of our government, a poisonous myth that may persist in parts of the world where intolerance thrives, but that has no place in open societies like the U.S.”
Also according to Johnson, Greenblatt said that Ellison’s stated views run counter to the language of the DNC platform, which declares: “A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism.”
How Ellison thinks he can reconcile his obvious anti-Semitism with the platform of the DNC is unclear.
Back in 2008, Ellison made his requisite pilgrimage to Mecca. His trip was financed by the Muslim American Society, a group founded in Virginia in 1993 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. The trip cost the “society” some $13,500. According to federal prosecutors, the group “was founded as the overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in America.”
Said Brent Sher of the Washington Free Beacon:
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.
As a black Muslim who embodies the identity politics on which the Democrats have staked their success, Ellison is largely shielded from media scrutiny or criticism. He possesses the dual weapons of racism and “Islamophobia” to to silence potential critics.
Ellison once had ties to the Nation of Islam, and even appeared on stage with Khalid Abdul Muhammad in a 1995 rally for Louis Farrakhan’s Million Man March. At the time, Ellison was certainly aware of Muhammad’s 1993 speech at Kean College in New Jersey, wherein he referred to Jews as bloodsuckers and labeled the Pope a “no-good cracker.”
According to the Weekly Standard, “…in February 1997, Ellison appeared as a local spokesman for the Nation of Islam with the last name ‘Muhammad.'”
He spoke at a public hearing in connection with a controversy involving Joanne Jackson of the Minnesota Initiative Against Racism (MIAR). Jackson was alleged to have said, “Jews are among the most racist white people I know.”
When the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune published a column on its opinion page by attorney and columnist Scott W. Johnson, “Ellison remembers to forget,” in which Johnson reminded readers of some of Ellison’s history (that Ellison had conveniently left out, or even misrepresented, in his own memoir), Ellison quickly fired back with charges of racism against Johnson.
Identity politics and victim-mongering demagoguery has cost the Democratic Party dearly. By electing a self-avowed hater of America and the West to be its national committee chairman, the party risks becoming a fringe organization altogether. If the far left succeeds in permanently altering the party’s course by driving out its white working class and moderate minority elements, it is doubtful that poaching members of the Greens and other parties can make up for the loss. The party will be largely unelectable.
Ellison has a well-documented history of inflammatory, idiotic comments and damnable acquaintances. By making him the chair of the DNC, the party will render itself a really noisy also ran.
Ellison promises to be a complete catastrophe for the Democrats.
Good for us.