Vincent Tolliver, a candidate for the DNC chairman, has been forced out of the race by DNC interim chairwoman Donna Brazile. This comes days after Tolliver, a former candidate for the House of Representative from Arkansas, commented on Rep. Keith Ellison and his Muslim faith.
Tolliver publicly questioned how the DNC could consider Ellison as a candidate given the Muslim faith’s position on homosexuality. The Hill.com is reporting that Tolliver stated in an email to them that “[Rep. Ellison] being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him, 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.”
Donna Brazile released a scathing attack on Tolliver in her response. She argued that the position of the Democratic Party is to be inclusive. She explained that Tolliver’s comments are not in line with the expectations of the Democratic Party. As a result of his comment, the DNC barred Tolliver from seeking the position of chairperson, and he was removed from the list of speakers at a candidate’s forum to be held February 4th, 2017 in Detroit.
Is Tolliver wrong in calling out the hypocrisy of the Democratic Party, if that was his aim? The party was so eager to paint White House Strategist Steve Bannon as a racist and anti-semite. All while ignoring their own in house anti-semite in Rep. Keith Ellison and his sympathetic past with terrorist organizations. Ellison has denied the allegations of anti-semitism in an open letter.
Ellison is a Minnesota Congressman, who in the past was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam (NOI). The Southern Poverty Law Center describes the NOI as believing an“… innate black superiority over whites and the deeply racist, anti-Semitic and anti-gay rhetoric of its leaders have earned the NOI a prominent position in the ranks of organized hate.”
Ellison is accused of having links to Islamic radicals such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood through the acceptance of over $50,000 in campaign contributions from networks linked to these groups.
After the attacks on 9/11, Ellison made comments that the attacks were an inside job that were perpetrated to start a war against Muslims. In comments regarding 9/11, Ellison compares the attacks to Germany’s Riechstag Fire. In the fire the German parliament was set ablaze. Many historians have accused the Nazis of starting the fire as a way to gain political power in the country.
Ellison is reported to possess ties to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and its co-founder Nihad Awad. In 1994, Awad told a panel at Barry University that he used to support the PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) but after doing some research he decided to throw his support behind Hamas, a militant terrorist organization known for carrying out attacks on Jews in Israel and Palestinian territories.
Awad also served as public relations director for the Islamic Association for Palestine — a front for Hamas. During this time he wrote a letter to a Muslim American magazine called The Message chastising them for including the word “ISRAEL” in one of their editorials.
After his tenure with the IAP, Awad formed CAIR along with Omar Ahmad and Rafeeq Jaber in 1994. Awad became its executive director, a title that he still holds with the organization. The newly formed CAIR solicited donations of several thousand from a group known as the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) based in Texas. The federal government shut down the HLF in 2001 for its ties to funding Hamas.
In another outcry for support for Islamic terrorist, Awad wrote in the Muslim World Monitor that the convictions of 4 Islamic terrorists who were convicted of carrying out the attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 were “a travesty of justice.” These comments were documented in the book Afterwards: Stories and reports from 9/11 and Beyond.
The connections to Islamic extremism seem never-ending for Rep. Ellison. Despite this fact, Ellison is still up for consideration by the Democratic Party for its leadership role and has earned the support of Senator Bernie Sanders.
The Democrat party is fractured after a tumultuous year . Former DNC chairwoman, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, resigned in disgrace for colluding against presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. Interim DNC chair Donna Brazile is accused of providing Hillary Clinton’s campaign debate questions in advance of multiple debates. The party suffered a heartbreaking loss to Donald Trump.
Though the Democratic party has claimed to be a bastion of welcoming openness, it has proven here in this case, its only concern for diversity is in the skin tone of its members and not their viewpoints.