Ousted DNC Chair Candidate Threatens Legal Action

Vincent Tolliver Picture Credit: Terrell Clark

SAINT PAUL, MINN – Vincent Tolliver, a Democratic National Committee Chairman hopeful ousted from the DNC chairman campaign by interim chair Donna Brazile is pledging to take legal action against the DNC.

As Alpha News reported, Tolliver was removed from the DNC chairman campaign after comments he made about fellow DNC chair candidate, Keith Ellison’s (D-Minn) suitability for the position due to his Islamic faith and Islam’s teachings against homosexuality.  

“His being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him,” Tolliver wrote to The Hill. “Muslims discriminate against gays. Islamic law is clear on the subject, and being gay is a direct violation of it. In some Muslim countries, being gay is a crime punishable by death.”
He explained that the DNC’s commitment to not discriminate against things like sexual orientation makes Ellison unfit to lead the organization. Tolliver said a vote for Ellison would be “divisive” and “unconscionable.”

Now, Tolliver is fighting back.  Breitbart reports that Tolliver has told the news site he will pursue legal action against the DNC, citing the move by the DNC as a violation of his First Amendment Rights.

According to Breitbart:

Tolliver confirmed he would be taking legal action to Breitbart News, saying that the “Democratic establishment are denying me due process and are attempting to suppress my voice, in violation of my First Amendment right,” adding that he stands by his views on Islam.
“The DNC and the Democratic establishment are attempting to prevent me from freely expressing known and indisputable tenets of lslamic law. Moreover, through sleight of hand tactics, interim chair Donna Brazile falsely accused me of discriminating against Mr. Ellison and cast aspersions by suggesting I was intolerant of religious freedom,” he alleged.
“Furthermore, the DNC’s blocking my candidacy is a glaring contradiction to the 2016 Democratic Platform, that ‘as Democrats, we respect differences of perspective and belief, and pledge to work together to move this country forward, even when we disagree.’ I am a lifelong Democratic who believes in people and not power and elitism which has successfully corrupted the DNC and the Democratic Party,” he continued.

The election for the next DNC chair will happen later this month.  The DNC will announce their party’s leader on Feb. 26, 2017.

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle

Andrea Mayer-Bruestle is a former writer for Alpha News.