Fiery Dershowitz: Treat the 'Bigot' Farrakhan the Same as David Duke, All Dems Must Condemn Him
Attorney Alan Dershowitz called on all Democrats to condemn anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, arguing he should be treated the same as white supremacist David Duke.
Several African-American House Democrats have past ties to Farrakhan, including DNC vice chair Rep. Keith Ellison, who attended a dinner with Farrakhan in 2013 hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Farrakhan said Ellison met with him as recently as 2015, though Ellison has sought to distance himself in recent years.
Dershowitz said Ellison must be fired from the leadership position, accusing the lawmaker of lying about his previous connections to the controversial minister.
The renewed focus on Democrats and Farrakhan came after he gave a speech declaring that “powerful Jews are my enemy” and “white folks are going down.” That has led to three Democrats denouncing him, earning criticism from the Nation of Islam.
Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor emeritus and a centrist Democat, said Farrakhan should be relegated to the fringe of American political discourse, like Duke. But he argued that Farrakhan is more dangerous because he maintains a far larger following than Duke.
"We see that Farrakhan has continuing influence within the African-American community at the very highest levels. ... He ought to be treated the way we treat David Duke. If any Republican dared to meet with David Duke, that would be the end of their career. It should be the end of the career of any Democrat who has any association with this bigot Farrakhan," he said.
Earlier this week, Rep. Todd Rokita (R-Ind.) introduced a House resolution condemning Farrakhan, calling on all lawmakers to sign it. He also accused the media and Democrats of working together for the past decade to bury a photo of Farrakhan and Barack Obama to protect the 44th president's political ambitions.