Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, considered an early favorite to be the next Democratic National Committee chair, bailed on an interview with the New York Times after he found out they were going to ask about his praise for a notorious anti-Semite.

The nation's first Muslim congressman, Ellison has faced questions over his praise for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, his ties to a group linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and the fact that he campaigned for an activist who encouraged Palestinian Muslims to "embrace the jihad way."

Ellison defended Farrakhan — whose history of anti-Semitism is well documented by the Anti-Defamation League — in the 1990s, saying Farrakhan is "not an anti-Semite."

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