The Republican Jewish Coalition is calling for the resignation of seven Democratic members of Congress whom it claims are “connected” to controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, which it describes as a “known anti-Semite.”
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Farrakhan has routinely spoke disparagingly about Jews over the years, as well as white people, in general. He was thrust into the mainstream spotlight again this week after excerpts from a speech he gave last week on the Nation of Islam’s Saviour’s Day surfaced online. During the speech, he once again described Jewish people — who he says “are my enemy” — in a pejorative manner.
The lobbying group on Tuesday called for the following lawmakers to step down: Reps. Keith Ellison, D-Minn.; Barbara Lee, D-Calif.; Maxine Waters, D-Calif.; Danny Davis, D-Ill.; Andre Carson, D-Ind.; Gregory Meeks, D-N.Y.; and Al Green, D-Texas.
Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images, FILERep. Maxine Waters speaks at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Jan. 31, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
The aforementioned lawmakers have at one point in their careers while in the House — but not necessarily anytime recently nor with any frequency — met Farrakhan. In a report it published Tuesday, The Daily Caller outlined the various previous interactions, based on videos and photos.
ABC News has reached out to each of the seven lawmakers for comment on the Republican Jewish Coalition’s call for their resignations.
Davis told The Daily Caller in a statement Monday, without specifically addressing Farrakhan, anti-Semitism is “antithetical to everything I believe and everything that I work for on a daily basis.”
Davis also described Farrakhan as an “outstanding human being.”
The Associated PressFILE – In this Dec. 12, 2016 file photo, Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill. poses for a portrait at his congressional office in Chicago.
A spokesman for Ellison, the deputy director of the Democratic National Committee, told Fox News on Tuesday that Ellison “has repeatedly disavowed anti-Semitism and bigotry, since his first campaign for Congress in 2006.”
The Associated PressFILE – In this Dec. 2, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison listens during a forum on the future of the Democratic Party in Denver.
Below is the statement Republican Jewish Coalition executive director Matt Brooks: