Ellison Accuses Trump Aide of “Fear Mongering”

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Minnesota Representative Keith Ellison got into a social media dispute with Donald Trump’s campaign manager, accusing her of “fear mongering.”

Kellyanne Conway sent a link of a New York Post article out on Twitter about a Muslim man in Pakistan who killed his sister.  Conway wrote, “Muslim kills sister bc she married a Christian.  Their father upset bc son’s income gone & bc daughter brought shame.”

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to US Congress and a Democrat, replied: “@KellyannePolls, was a widely respected @GOP insider.  Now fear mongering as Trump’s campaign manager.  This is @realDonaldTrump’s party now.”

In another Tweet, Ellison said, “What does pointing to one individual doing a horrible thing in a nation of 196 million Muslims have to do with our election?”

Conway responded to Ellison, “It is a news story.  You made it political. (After Bill Clinton trashing Obamacare story, this was 2nd most trended story in today’s NYPost).”

During his campaign, Trump has called for a temporary ban of Muslims immigrating to the United States and as a result, many have accused Trump of being a bigot, a racist and a xenophobe.

Ellison has publically criticized Trump’s campaign several times in the past including the time when Trump spoke out about the Gold Star Khan family, who appeared at the Democratic National Convention this summer.  Ellison issued a sharp response, saying that the Republican Party was at a “moral fork in the road.”

“Good for (Senate Majority Leader) Mitch McConnell for saying Captain Khan is a hero, but they’re saying this within the context of their Republican nominee disparaging his family,” Ellison said on the CNN News show, “New Day” on August 2, 2016.  Ellison said that Republican leaders should ask themselves whether they are damaging their own credibility by being associated with Trump.

Ellison supported presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, before a Wikileaks report revealed  that the DNC worked against Sanders and his campaign to ensure Clinton received the nomination.

Donna Azarian