Rep. Keith Ellison told supporters Friday that President-elect Donald Trump will bring white supremacy and misogyny back to the White House.
Ellison, who is running for chair of the Democratic National Committee, was speaking at the DNC’s Future Forum in Phoenix, Arizona, reported Dave Weigel of The Washington Post. Ellison and six other candidates for DNC chair were making their cases to party activists.
In his time as a law student at the University of Minnesota Ellison was a proponent of a separate country for African Americans in North America. He also has defended anti-semitic statements by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and civil-rights activist Stokely Carmichael, who popularized the phrase, “Black Power.”
Ellison’s bid to lead Democrats has had its own share of difficulties as Democratic supporters of Israel have threatened to leave the party if Ellison becomes chair, including prominent lawyer Alan Dershowitz.
In the same speech in Arizona Ellison also railed against Trump as “the most prolific misogynist” to ever win the presidency, reports The Washington Examiner.
“In a few short days Donald Trump is going to put his hand up and be sworn in as president,” Ellison said, “This guy is the most prolific misogynist as anybody who has ever occupied that office. … The resistance to this man has to come from the Democratic Party.”
Ellison urged Democrats to resist Trump from the moment he is sworn in as President.