The fate of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hangs in limbo until Saturday, when Democrats must elect a new DNC Chairman.
Democratic author and Harvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz says that the hard-left is strongly advocating to elect Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) as DNC chairman, an objective over which he boldly threatened to depart from the Democratic Party.
Dershowitz recently penned an op-ed published by The Hill, in which he states:
“If he is elected, I will quit the party after 60 years of loyal association and voting. I will become an independent, continuing to vote for the best candidates, most of whom, I assume, will still be Democrats. But I will not contribute to the DNC or support it as an institution.
“My loyalty to my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to my party. I will urge other like-minded people — centrist liberals — to follow my lead and quit the Democratic Party if Ellison is elected chairman. We will not be leaving the Democratic Party we have long supported. The Democratic Party will be leaving us!”
Dershowitz then explained his reasoning for why he would quit the Party over Ellison’s election. He underscores the fact that Ellison has “a long history of sordid association with anti-Semitism,” and claims that he “repeatedly defended one of a handful of the most notorious and public anti-Semites in our country: The Reverend Louis Farrakhan.”
In addition, Dershowitz asserts that Ellison “worked with Farrakhan at the very time this anti-Semite was publicly describing Judaism as a ‘gutter religion’ and insisting that the Jews were a primary force in the African slave trade.”
Furthermore, he cites that Ellison made an illegitimate statement by publicly saying that he was “unaware of Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism,” and argues that “everyone was aware of Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism” as he, allegedly, “proclaimed it on every occasion.” Based on this fact, Dershowitz says Ellison is “either lying or he willfully blinded himself to what was obvious to everyone else,” which he deems is not a quality you want in the next DNC chairman.
Moreover, Dershowitz maintains that Ellison made anti-Semitic statements and proceeded to illustrate how he told a fellow law student that “he could not respect her, because she was a Jew and because she was a woman who should not be at a law school.”
Ellison is also said to have supported another anti-Semite in Stokely Carmichael when protests broke out over his speaking at the University of Minnesota, says Dershowitz. He quoted Ellison saying, “The University’s position appears to be this: Political Zionism is off-limits, no matter what dubious circumstances Israel was founded under; no matter what the Zionists do to the Palestinians; and no matter what wicked regimes Israel allies itself with — like South Africa. This position is untenable.”
Dershowitz also pointed out that Ellison’s voting record with regard to the Nation-State of the Jewish people is among the very worst in Congress, where he had a history of being among the few Congress members to vote against funding the Iron Dome, an Israeli missile system to protect civilians against rocket attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah.
Lastly, he said that Ellison is on “an apology tour,” as he is now in the running to become DNC chairman, and claims that his apologies are only for self-serving and “tactical” purposes to further his “political aspirations:”
“So, tomorrow, the Democrats must choose between electing Ellison or keeping centrist liberals who support Israel, like me, and many others in their Party. I hope they choose wisely. But, if they do not, I have made my choice.”
H/T: The Hill
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