You didn’t really think the president-elect could surround himself with conservatives and not have the Left fight back, did you? With Steve Bannon’s appointment as senior White House strategist, the Left is doing just that. A storm of protest from the NYT: “Critics See Stephen Bannon, Trump’s Pick for Strategist, as Voice of Racism,” NBC News: “Trump’s Pick of Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist Sparks Backlash.” They’re not all from the left: The Wall Street Journal: “Donald Trump Draws Criticism Over Steve Bannon Appointment,” on and on and on.
Bannon is the former head of Breitbart. Typical of the attacks is cherry-picking of Breitbart headlines that sound anti-Semitic or racist, but when one reads the articles, they are perfectly reasonable. Examples from the WSJ are: “Republican Spoiler, Renegade Jew” and a headline that appeared two weeks after the murder of nine black worshippers in Charleston, SC: “Hoist It High and Proud: The Confederate Flag Proclaims a Glorious Heritage.”
Oddly enough, there was no outrage from that quarter when Keith Ellison was suggested as the new head of the DNC. Harry Reid, Chuck Schumer, Bernie Sanders, and Elizabeth Warren have already endorsed him. Ellison is the first Muslim elected to Congress. Aside from his obvious choice as the anti-Trump, in view of the nationwide support of the electorate for Trump vs Clinton’s support in, basically, a few coastal states: Ellison is the anti–American voter, as well.
One would think that maybe, the Democrat Party would pivot a little since much of America obviously doesn’t buy their program, but no: Ellison’s (probably successful) appointment signifies the Democratic Party’s declaration of war on the Republican party and its voters. Here are a few details about Ellison:
- org endorses him, reports Common Dreams
- The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ (CAIR) executive director, Nihad Awad (a self-identified supporter of Hamas), spoke at an August 25, 2006, fundraiser for Ellison, who accepted thousands of dollars in campaign donations raised by Awad. [He] asserted at a 1994 meeting at Barry University, “I am a supporter of the Hamas movement.”
- In 2009, after the FBI had cut off its contacts with CAIR because of the organization’s ties to Hamas, Ellison spoke at three CAIR fundraising dinners, gave videotaped statements at a number of others, and appeared with CAIR officials at meetings on health care reform and at Muslim religious festivals.
- In 1995 Ellison worked actively on behalf of the Nation of Islam. At a University of Minnesota rally to promote Louis Farrakhan’s highly anticipated Million Man March, Ellison appeared onstage with Khalid Abdul Muhammad, who delivered a thundering, racist diatribe.
- In August 2006 the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) said: “If Keith Ellison is elected in November to represent Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, he will bring to the U.S. House of Representatives a fresh progressive voice…”.
- Ellison Spoke favorably of the high-profile murderers and leftist icons Mumia Abu-Jamal, Assata Shakur, and Geronimo Pratt.
Muthanna al-Hanooti, one of CAIR’s directors,… is an ethnic Palestinian who, according to a 2001 FBI report, “collected over $6 million for support of Hamas”
Abdurahman Alamoudi, one of CAIR’s former directors, is a supporter of both Hamas and Hezbollah, and is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence for terrorism-related convictions.
Terrorism expert Steven Emerson, citing federal law enforcement sources and internal documents, characterizes CAIR as “a radical fundamentalist front group for Hamas.”
On his site the Investigative Project on Terrorism, Emerson lists a number of people who have contributed to Ellison, who have links to suspected terror groups or are connected to Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups.
On September 17, 2003, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer stated that CAIR co-founders Nihad Awad and Omar Ahmad have “intimate links with Hamas.” He later remarked that “we know [CAIR] has ties to terrorism.”
Senator Schumer has apparently put aside his distaste for CAIR.
No, there hasn’t been an outcry about Keith Ellison. But there’s a relentless outcry about Stephen Bannon’s appointment. If the American voters, who chose to alter America’s course toward oblivion, want that change to happen, now is the time to defend the president-elect’s choices, and to chastise the smear purveyors—not all of whom are from the left.