Vincent Tolliver, a former Arkansas candidate for the House of Representatives, is no longer being considered for the open Democratic National Committee chairman’s seat.
In an early January email to The Hill, Tolliver voiced concerns over fellow candidate Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison.
Tolliver stated that Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress in U.S. history, should not be considered to replace Donna Brazile because of Islam’s anti-gay stance.
“His being a Muslim is precisely why DNC voters should not vote for him,” Tolliver’s email read. “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.”
Going into further detail, Tolliver’s email stated, “Clearly, Mr. Ellison is not the person to lead the DNC or any other organization committed to not discriminating based on gender identity or sexual orientation.”
The Hill did not publish the comments initially, being unsure if Tolliver’s candidacy was legitimate. However, after Tolliver appeared at a candidate’s forum the following week, the email was made public.
Interim chairman, Donna Brazile countered Tolliver’s email by releasing a statement which included the following:
“Mr. Tolliver’s disgusting comments attacking the religion of a fellow candidate fall far short of that standard. Accordingly, Mr. Tolliver is no longer a candidate for DNC Chair.”
According to his spokesperson, Tolliver has not wavered from his comments.
H/T: The Hill
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