One of the leading figures in the Democratic Party is taking heat on social media for proudly touting the violent far-left group Antifa.
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who serves as DNC deputy chair, tweeted a picture to promote a book called "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook."
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 3, 2018
The sentiment is not shared by other Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, who condemned violent elements within Antifa, saying violent protesters should be arrested.
"You’re not talking about the far left of the Democratic Party — they’re not even Democrats," Pelosi told the Denver Post editorial board. "A lot of them are socialists or anarchists or whatever."
Ellison, who lost a close race last year to Tom Perez for leadership of the DNC, was skewered on Twitter for posting the photo.
The Antifa book Keith X endorses advocates violence https://t.co/8WujQd40z4
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) January 4, 2018
DNC Deputy Chair Keith Ellison just posed with an Antifa guidebook. The author of the book is a Dartmouth professor who believes so-called anti-fascists must use preemptive violence against "white nationalists" and "fascists."https://t.co/0WvCAfuCFA
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) January 3, 2018
— Oliver McGee PhD MBA (@OliverMcGee) January 4, 2018
DNC co-chair and sitting congressman, Keith Ellison, known for his far-left ideology and anti-Israel views, promotes a book about #Antifa a far-left radical group that has a well-documented history of violence against political opponents. https://t.co/Z56N4kxOu8
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) January 3, 2018
The FBI and DHS consider Antifa a domestic terrorist organization. Keith is a DNC official AND member of Congress. Does the @DNC now support terrorist groups? Every Democrat in Congress should have to answer for this ON the record. https://t.co/Xi49ZP1aGu
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) January 3, 2018
On Fox Business Network, Democrat and author Doug Schoen said he wishes Ellison would "go away," but fears Ellison will do the opposite and run for Al Franken's Senate seat in Minnesota.
"He stands for everything I do not believe and I think is wrong about the Democratic Party," said Schoen.
He also noted the anti-Israel views espoused by Ellison, who in 2007 became the first Muslim-American to be elected to Congress.
Watch the discussion above.