Sean Hannity suggests Keith Ellison is the ‘equivalent’ of the KKK

By David Edwards
Friday, March 1, 2013 9:33 EDT
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Sean Hannity. Screenshot via Fox News.
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Sean Hannity on Thursday responded to Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MI)’s accusation that he was a “shill” for the Republican Party by linking the Muslim Congressman to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who he called “a racist and an anti-Semite.”

On Tuesday, Ellison had appeared on Hannity’s show and blasted him for being “the worst excuse for a journalist I’ve ever seen.”

In a Thursday segment, Hannity got his revenge with a long segment linking Ellison to the controversial Nation of Islam leader.

“This is really serious, in as much as Farrakhan, one of the most divisive figure in our culture, rabid anti-Semite racist,” the Fox News host asserted, adding that Ellison also had ties to black militant Khalid Muhammad.

Hannity said that Muhammad wanted to “kill the women, everything white that’s in sight — kill the women, kill the babies, kill the children, kill the old people.”

If linking Ellison to someone who he said wanted to kill “everything white” wasn’t enough, Hannity then suggested that Ellison was the “equivalent” of the Ku Klux Klan, a white supremacist group.

“Do we have somebody then in Congress that is the equivalent on one side what the Klan is?” Hannity asked. “Because I view the rabid rantings of Khalid Muhammad as frightening.”

Although he did work with Farrakhan in the 1990s to help organize the Million Man March on Washington, Ellison has since said he was wrong to work with the Nation of Islam.

“I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues,” the congressman wrote in a 2006 letter to Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

Watch this video from Fox News’ Hannity via Video Cafe, broadcast Feb. 28, 2013.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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