REPORT: Muslim Brotherhood Group Tied to Top Dem
Keith Ellison is backed by top Democrats, including Chuck Schumer, to take over as DNC Chair. He's also backed by another group: One with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. As the indispensable Brent Scher notes:
The House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) after he failed to disclose that a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood paid for him to make a pilgrimage to the Islamic holy site of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Top Democrats have considered shifting to the left by electing Ellison party chairman, but critics say his previous association with radical groups should disqualify him from the leadership role.
Ellison has associated with the Muslim American Society, a Virginia-based group founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in 1993 to act as the “overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States,” according to federal prosecutors in 2007. The United Arab Emirates recently added the group to a list of terrorist organizations.
In 2008, the society paid for Ellison, a practicing Muslim, to make a 16-day pilgrimage, known as the hajj, to Mecca. He was joined on the trip by Asad Zaman, who sits on the board of the Muslim American Society’s Minnesota chapter. Zaman has contributed thousands of dollars to Ellison’s congressional runs, both before and after the Mecca trip.
This is just the tip of the iceberg with Ellison, who's dabbled in 9/11 conspiracy theories and once ran with the Nation of Islam. Ellison downplayed those ties once they became politically inconvenient for him, but the Weekly Standard's Scott Johnson has done excellent work exposing how deep they really went.
Here's the bottom line: We don't care what the Democrats do. They could nominate a tinfoil hatted cat lady from the Jill Stein camp and we'd be deliriously happy. Still, it matters. The person the Democrats select to chair their party will have a large amount of say over the future direction of the party. In Ellison, they'd be embracing a man who sides with kooks and conspiracy theorists on foreign policy, and with radical socialists on domestic policy. As crazy as it may sound, there's no guarantee that economic circumstances won't lead many Americans to accept this ideology, and that has repurcussions for the rest of us.