Democratic Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison misled the public during the Minnesota attorney general debate Sunday about his ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious racist and anti-Semite.
Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) denounced Farrakhan's views and portrayed his ties to the minister as a relic of decades past, even though he continued to associate with Farrakhan years after entering Congress in 2006.
Ellison explained that he thought Farrakhan had "something to offer" in the "early 1990s" because Farrakhan "was a person speaking to issues of African American civil rights." (Farrakhan praised Hitler as a "very great man" in 1984.)
"He made it very clear in the early 1990s that his views and mine were absolutely incompatible and I've been saying that ever since," Ellison said, in response to an attack from Republican candidate Doug Wardlow.