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Rep. Andre Carson Admits Meetings With Louis Farrakhan, Attacks Republican Jewish Coalition

Indianapolis Congressman claims to oppose "all the phobias" while "working" with Farrakhan on important issues like discrimination

(Photo Credit: Farrakhan - Mark Wilson/Getty Images | Carson - Tom Williams/Getty Images)

Rep. Andre Carson appeared on FOX 59 today, and was asked directly by Angela Ganote about the accusations against him regarding his meeting with Louis Farrakhan, a known anti-Semite and bigot.

The Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) has called for the resignation of Carson, along with six other Democratic members of Congress, for associating with Farrakhan who has a long history of disparaging remarks and hate against Jews, homosexuals, white people and others. Those members of Congress are Carson, and emocratic Representatives Maxine Waters, Keith Ellison, Danny Davis, Al Green, Barbara Lee and Gregory Meeks.

WIBC host Tony Katz has been very vocal in his opposition to Carson for multiple instances of bad judgement, and his willingness to work with a bigot like Farrakhan.

In the interview with Ganote, Rep. Carson dismissed the RJC, claiming they "hold no credibility." He then admitted that he, and the Congressional Black Caucus, have met with Farrakhan to work on "anti-crime" and "discrimination" efforts:

Carson on the RJC: 

That organization doesn't have any credibility with me. I know they have a political agenda. The Congressional Black Caucus is asking that organization to condemn (Israeli Prime Minister) Benjamin Netanyahu and the (Israeli) government for discriminating against Africans who are migrating, who are fleeing dictatorships, who are fleeing oppression. There's a great deal of bigotry and racism happening right now they fail to condemn.

Carson on his "record:"

My record has shown that I've spoken out against anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia; all of the phobias.

Carson on meeting with Louis Farrakhan:

I have met with him, as have other members of the (CBC.) Talking about anti-crime efforts, discrimination against women and those kinds of things. But I condemn any kind of discrimination, and I've been consistent.

Tony Katz responds:

This is a word-salad of deflection and false equivalency from Rep. Carson. What does Netanyahu and African migration have to do with having dinner with an anti-Semite and a bigot? Nothing, of course. And how. with a straight face, do you say you're opposed to discrimination and then - in the same breath! - say you're working with a bigot like Farrakhan on discrimination issues?


I appreciate immensely FOX59 and Angela Ganote for engaging Rep. Carson and asking the questions. But Rep. Carson's didn't answer anything at all. Does he agree with Farrakhan's past or current statements? Why is it ok to work with a bigot like Farrakhan? What would you say about an elected official who works with David Duke or Richard Spencer?

His deflection, and dismissing of concern about Farrakhan, exposes an ugly reality: Andre Carson is telling America and Indianapolis voters that the RJC has no credibility, but Louis Farrakhan does. He's not calling out Farrakhan, he's defending him as a leader worthy of support; his, and the support of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Of course he should resign. And if he won't, Indianapolis has to get together and vote him out.






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