Top Choice to Become DNC Chair a 9/11 Conspiracy Theorist
Here's one of the top choices for DNC Chair, Keith Ellison, engaging what appears to be some 9/11 conspiracy theory stoking.
One note of caution: Many conservative media outlets, and this video itself, are reporting that Ellison is saying "The Jews were behind 9/11." Anyone with a sound pair of ears and a bit of intellectual honesty will note that the man in the audience is saying "who benefitted from 9/11?"
It's entirely reasonable to suspect, based on Ellison's associations, that he might have meant "The Jews," but his response is "you and I both know." That leaves a lot of room for speculation. He could be referring to President Bush, or Vice President Cheney.
Of course the real answer to "who benefitted from 9/11 is "no one." The Americans who lost loves ones in the explosions didn't benefit; the survivors and first responders who survived only to die years later from the the particulates that filled their lungs; the young men and women who enlisted in the aftermath who lost their lives, their limbs, or their sanity in Iraq and Afghanistan, only to see the Obama administration squander their efforts. NO One, especially not the terrorists who received swift American justice.
Ellison's answer suggests he believes something different, and his past associations with the Nation of Islam, which he's since denounced, suggest we might have an idea what he believed before it was politically inconvenient. Here's Lewis Farrakhan, a man Ellison once defended vociferously against charges of anti-Semitism. As the Weekly Standard's Scott Johnson noted back when Ellison was first elected to the House:
Even in 1995, Ellison's work on behalf of the Nation of Islam extended well beyond his promotion of the Million Man March. That year, he dutifully spouted the Farrakhan line when Qubilah Shabazz, the daughter of Malcolm X, was indicted for conspiring to murder Farrakhan. Ellison organized a march on the U.S. attorney's office in Minneapolis demanding that Shabazz be released and alleging that the FBI itself had conspired to kill Farrakhan. In a November 6, 1995, column for the Minneapolis periodical Insight News, Ellison wrote under the name "Keith X Ellison." He condemned a Star Tribune editorial cartoon that was critical of Farrakhan as a role model for blacks because of his anti-Semitism. Ellison argued to the contrary.
Even if we are to give Ellison the benefit of the doubt, we can extrapolate from his history what Ellison actually believes. Generally, that the 9-11 terror attacks were in some way orchestrated by the US government for the personal gain of a powerful, self-interested group of people. We know what group of people a man he admired for years believes benefitted.
This is something rational Americans reject. It's the stuff of raving, paranoid schizophrenics on New York city street corners, and the darkest corners of the internet. It has no place in any party, and if the Democratic Party endorses it, patriotic Americans will certainly let them know how they feel.