Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently was forced to explain his relationship with with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Ellison aggressively denounced Farrakhan’s views but he did say that Farrakhan did used to have “some things” to offer in the 1990s.
“I absolutely, unqualifiedly denounce and reject the views of Louis Farrakhan. I’ve said that many, many years ago,” Ellison said. “Look, in the early 1990s, Louis Farrakhan was a person speaking the issues of African-American civil rights. At that time he had some things, I thought, he had to offer. He made it very clear in the early 90s that his views and mine were absolutely incompatible, and I’ve been saying that ever since.”