Rep. Keith Ellison, Minnesota Democrat, is leaving Congress to run for the office of state attorney general. For those who long wished Mr. Ellison well but elsewhere, the move has had unanticipated consequences.
No stranger to controversy, Mr. Ellison has been a Nation of Islam supporter and defender of its anti-white, anti-Semitic leader, the Rev. Louis Farrakhan. Now a traditional Muslim, Mr. Ellison has seldom seen a pro-Israel policy he could support or a piece of incendiary Hamas propaganda he couldn’t embrace.
Although prominent Democrats have pointed to the number of white supremacists running in Republican primaries this election cycle and seized upon them as further evidence of President Donald Trump’s ability to inspire racists, none of these candidates has received official Republican support. Quite the contrary, the Republican Party has made strong and concerted efforts to denounce these candidates.
This response stands in sharp contrast to the political careers of Mr. Ellison and similar elected Democrats whose anti-Semitism has been mainstream and normalized by the Democratic political establishment.