GOP Lawmaker: Dems, 'Media Elites' Stopped Farrakhan-Obama Photo From Coming Out
Rokita says Dems must condemn Nation of Islam leader.
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) said the media worked with the Democratic Party to prevent a years-old photo of former President Barack Obama and controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan from surfacing until Obama was out of office.
"The media elites and the Democrats worked together to stop that picture ... from surfacing for over a decade," Rokita said on "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday.
The image has been thrust back into the spotlight as some Democratic lawmakers are taking heavy criticism for refusing to disavow Farrakhan, who said in a recent speech that “powerful Jews are my enemy” and “white folks are going down.”
Democrat Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee of California, Gregory Meeks of New York, Danny Davis of Illinois, Andre Carson of Indiana, Keith Ellison of Minnesota, James Clyburn of South Carolina and Al Green of Texas all reportedly have ties to Farrakhan or have attended one of his events.
There have been growing calls for them to denounce Farrakhan or step down.
Rokita on Tuesday introduced a House resolution condemning Farrakhan for “promoting ideas that create animosity and anger” toward Jewish Americans and the Jewish religion, and condemning "all manifestations of expressions of racism, anti-Semitism, and ethnic or religious intolerance.”
Rokita told the "Fox & Friends" co-hosts he's confident that his Republican colleagues will join him in condemning this "hate-filled man," but it will be a "test" to see how lawmakers on the other side of the aisle respond.
"If they're under fire, if they feel any kind of remorse or pressure or want to right the ship at all, they should join this resolution," Rokita said.
He said Democrats and the media preach about tolerance and peace, but they refuse to condemn someone who has a documented record of racist, anti-Semitic rhetoric -- including calling Adolf Hitler a "very great man."
"If Republicans and Democrats can't come together and denounce anti-Semitism and denounce this hate-filled man and his speech, I don't know where we go from there."
Watch the interview above.