Several powerful Democrats in Congress may soon be facing questions about their ties to controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan after one of his followers crashed his vehicle into a barricade and attacked Capitol Police on Friday, Fox News reports.
The attack left one Capitol officer dead and another injured. The suspect, Noah Green, a 25-year-old from Indiana, was reportedly shot dead by police after he exited the car with a knife.
Green had photos and videos of Nation of Islam rallies on his Facebook page and called himself a “follower of Farrakhan,” whom he called “Jesus,” according to Fox.
There was no explicit language on his page or elsewhere that said the attack was motivated by Farrakhan’s rhetoric, but Green’s devotion to Farrakhan did appear to be a central principle of his life.
A controversial figure
As Fox notes, Farrakhan has referred to Jews as “termites” and used other language said to be anti-Semitic in the past. He called Adolf Hitler a “very great man,” Fox reported.
Despite this, House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-SC) shared a stage with Farrakhan in 2011 and said at the time that he was “not bothered in the least bit” by criticism for the connection, according to Fox. Now, however, Clyburn’s office will not comment on the relationship.
Fox also revealed that Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) had called Farrakhan “an outstanding human being” who “does outstanding things” in 2018, but later distanced himself slightly.
Georgia Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock also spoke positively of Farrakhan in 2013, calling him “important for the development of Black theology,” Fox reported.
And that’s still not all: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) also reportedly had a longstanding relationship with Farrakhan and has been pictured hugging him. She even appeared at an event where, according to Fox, “Farrakhan defended Palestinian suicide bombers.”
A look ahead
Democrats were quick to blame former President Donald Trump for a riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 that also left a Capitol Police officer dead. But they have not seemed to make the same connections between Farrakhan and the attack by Green.
It will be interesting to see whether Farrakhan will comment on the attack, and whether platforms like Twitter will subsequently ban him as they did Trump.
I’m not holding my breath, though. Sadly, the powers that be at Twitter and other Big Tech companies seem to be more interested in silencing the opposition than actually holding anyone accountable. Go figure.