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Hypocrisy Alert: CNN's Tapper Angers Rep. Ellison Over Question About His Past Ties To Nation Of Islam

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Trump administration’s executive order limiting immigration from terror-prone nations was constitutional. You lose again, liberals. Yet, for Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI), the soon to be former deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee and candidate for Minnesota Attorney General, it was a dark day for the country, of course (via The Hill):

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Today's decision undermines the core value of religious tolerance on which America was founded. I am deeply disappointed that this ruling gives legitimacy to discrimination and Islamaphobia," Ellison, who is one of the only two sitting Muslim members of Congress, said in a statement. 

Ellison went on to compare the decision to the Korematsu decision in 1944 that allowed Japanese internment camps, as well as the Plessy v. Ferguson decision in 1896, upholding segregation laws in public facilities. 

"Today's ruling is unjust. Like the Korematsu decision that upheld Japanese internment camps or Plessy v. Ferguson that established 'separate but equal,' this decision will someday serve as a marker of shame," Ellison said. 

The Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision to uphold Trump's travel ban, saying the president has broad discretion to suspend the entry of aliens into the U.S.  

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Yet, when Ellison appeared on Jake Tapper’s show on CNN, the Minnesota Democrat became visibly uncomfortable when asked about his past ties to Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. And yes, despite his attempts to downpla these interactions, there was a relationship with Farrakhan and the NOI, which is an anti-Semitic and bigoted organization. The Washington Post had a detailed timeline of Ellison’s interactions with this group. 

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So, for all his pearl clutching about discrimination and bigotry from Ellison, he’s been interacting with well-documented bigots at NOI. It’s hypocrisy. Tapper called him out. And Ellison got all huffy about it. His spot got blown up. He was slapped down from whatever moral high ground existed in his head. Just watch the fireworks, folks. 

Last Note: Oh yeah, he went to Saudi Arabia, which was paid for by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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