Democratic California Rep. Maxine Waters attended a Nation of Islam convention where the group’s leader, Louis Farrakhan, defended Palestinian suicide bombers, the Daily Caller reported.
The convention, held in California in 2002, is the latest link between Democrats and Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, according to the Daily Caller. The Nation of Islam is a movement that combines elements of Islam with “black nationalism.”
Farrakhan is also known for saying, “White people deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us coming to do it. No, no, no.”
What comments were made?
“We have Maxine Waters here,” Farrakhan told the cheering convention audience, gesturing to the seats behind him, “our great congresswoman from this area.”
In another portion of the speech, Farrakhan said: “The Palestinians have nothing to defend themselves with, so they’re so exhausted and exasperated, think about that, strapping bombs to themselves, making themselves a weapon."
“And then for the world to get upset because Iran or somebody is trying to send them some weapons," he continued. "Wait a minute. If you were Jewish and you saw unarmed Jews being persecuted, wouldn’t you come to your brothers’ aid? Do you expect Muslims to see their brothers suffering like that and not come to their aid?”
What else did the report say?
In January, a photo surfaced of former President Barack Obama and Farrakhan that was taken in 2005, the Daily Caller reported.
The photo that never saw the light of day: Obama with Farrakhan in 2005 https://t.co/nUrPbYVy0q https://t.co/MrjqRdJy9G— Talking Points Memo (@Talking Points Memo)1516907907.0
The photographer for the photo, a journalist for the Nation of Islam publication, was asked to keep the photo under wraps to protect Obama’s political aspirations, according to the Daily Caller.
The Daily Caller also posted a video of Waters “warmly hugging Farrakhan.”
What has Farrakhan said about Jewish people?
Farrakhan has raised the ire of the Anti-Defamation League for allegedly calling the Jewish people “Satanic":
“In his words and writings since the beginning of 2017 he has continued to preach to his followers that Jews are satanic conspirators who represent the epitome of evil in the modern world," the ADL’s website states. “He uses his propaganda machine, which includes a network of Nation of Islam mosques, a weekly newspaper, a “research institute,” occasional speeches, and a robust social media presence to disseminate the notion that Jews are collectively responsible for inhibiting upward mobility in the African-American community, conducting the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and even being responsible for the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the early 20th century.”