Keith Ellison Revisited
The nation’s first Muslim congressman Hakim Mohammad aka Keith Ellison (D-Minn) said Tuesday that he erred in comparing the Bush administration’s response to Sept. 11 to an event that led to Adolf Hitler’s consolidation of power in Nazi Germany.
“In hindsight, I wouldn’t have used that reference point,” said Ellison. “It was probably inappropriate to use that example, because it’s a unique historical event, without really any clear parallels.”
But like any politician in the midst of a non-apology he couldn’t resist the urge to lash out once again.
“I believe that they have exploited the fears that grew from 9/11, in order to pass legislation and even start wars they could have never gotten away with but for that tragedy.”
The Anti-Defamation League released a statement Tuesday calling on Ellison to apologize for his comments. The group’s national director, Abraham H. Foxman, called the comparison “outrageous and offensive to all Americans.”
“Whatever his views may be on the administration’s response to 9/11 and the conduct of the war on terrorism, likening it to Hitler’s rise to power and Nazism is odious and demeans the victims of 9/11 and the brave American men and women engaged in the war on terror,” Foxman said. “Furthermore, it demonstrates a profound lack of understanding about the horrors that Hitler and his Nazi regime perpetrated.”
So, no apology yet, but what does it matter? Ellison has proved that any words that flow from his lips will be just another half-truth or lie. Perhaps the people in Minnesota erred when they elected him.