Rep. Maxine Waters, (D-CA), attended a Nation of Islam convention where the hate group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, justified Palestinian suicide bombers.
The convention, which took place in California in 2002, is just the latest tie to emerge between Democrats and the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist group known for being viciously anti-Semitic.
“We have Maxine Waters here,” Farrakhan told the convention audience, gesturing to the seats behind him, “our great congresswoman from this area.” The audience cheered Waters’ name.
Later in his speech, Farrakhan excused Palestinian suicide bombers and defended Iran for arming Palestinian terrorists.
Farrakhan criticized the United States for providing Israel with planes and other weapons, which he indicated was to blame for Palestinian suicide bombers.
“The Palestinians have nothing to defend themselves with, so they’re so exhausted and exasperated, think about that, strapping bombs to themselves, making themselves a weapon,” Farrakhan said.
“And then for the world to get upset because Iran or somebody is trying to send them some weapons. Wait a minute. If you were Jewish and you saw unarmed Jews being persecuted, wouldn’t you come to your brothers’ aid? Do you expect Muslims to see their brothers suffering like that and not come to their aid?”
Farrakhan is a notorious anti-Semite who has called Jews “Satanic” and said that white people “deserve to die.” The Nation of Islam holds that white people are inherently inferior to black people and its leaders have criticized inter-racial marriage as unholy and wrong.
Waters’ office did not return repeated requests for comment. An interview request submitted to the Nation of Islam was not returned.
Waters’ appearance at the Nation of Islam convention is just the latest tie to emerge between the hate group and Democratic members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC).
The CBC in 2005 held a meeting with Farrakhan, where then-Illinois Sen. Barack Obama took a smiling photo with the hate group leader.
Both the photo and the meeting remained secret until last month. The man who took the photo, a journalist for a Nation of Islam publication, said CBC members asked him to suppress it in order to protect Obama’s political future.
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A year after the Obama-Farrakhan photo op, Waters and several Democratic members of the CBC met Farrakhan and were seen embracing him, recently resurfaced video shows. (See: Bombshell Photo Surfaces of Obama Smiling With Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan)
Twenty-one current CBC members were part of the caucus at the time of the 2005 Farrakhan meeting. The Daily Caller asked all 21 members if they would condemn Farrakhan. Zero of the 21 condemned Farrakhan.
One of those members, Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, defended Farrakhan as an “outstanding human being” in an interview with The Daily Caller. Davis said he has a personal relationship with Farrakhan and has visited him at his house.
The clearest ties between Democrats and the Nation of Islam run through Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Ellison worked with the Nation of Islam for 18 months organizing a Minnesota delegation to Farrakhan’s 1995 Million Man March. Ellison admitted to his work with the Nation of Islam when he first ran for Congress in 2006, but assured the public that he had since cut ties with Farrakhan.
But Ellison’s ties with Farrakhan continued while in Congress. Ellison attended at least three meetings with the hate group leader since taking office, according to photos, videos and witness accounts reviewed by TheDC. (See: REVEALED: Three Democrats Had Private Dinner With Iran’s President And Farrakhan)
One of those meetings was a visit with Democratic Indiana Rep. Andre Carson to Farrakhan’s hotel room. Farrakhan said in Dec. 2016 that the meeting had taken place recently and that the three men had an enjoyable time together.
Ellison’s office refused to deny or confirm that the meeting took place and instead attacked the media for reporting on it. (See: Obama: ‘I’m Basically a Liberal Jew’ – Said he ‘distanced myself from him [Farrakhan])
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