Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who's known for his anti-Semitic comments, has claimed he's doing work "like Jesus" amid the latest firestorm over a speech in which he called Jews "satanic" last month.
"If you do God's work like Jesus did it, somebody is going to malign you. Somebody is going to speak evil of you. Somebody is going to plot on you. Somebody will always be busy doing something, but you've got to stay steady on the course," Farrakhan tweeted.
If you do God’s work like Jesus did it, somebody is going to malign you. Somebody is going to speak evil of you. So… https://t.co/YiwEzGd4Xs— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@MINISTER FARRAKHAN) 1520779913.0
What did Farrakhan say in the speech?
During a speech on Feb. 28 in Chicago, Farrakhan's anti-Semitic comments included, “the powerful Jews are my enemy.”
“White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through,” he said.
The 84-year-old Farrakhan has led the black nationalist group since 1977.
What's happened since the speech?
Last week, the Republican Jewish Coalition called for seven members of the Congressional Black Caucus to resign over their connections to Farrakhan.
Seven long-serving Democrats have close ties with Louis Farrakhan. Each of them should resign.
They include former Nation of Islam employee, Congressman Keith Ellison, who is Deputy Chair of the DNC. Ellison has tried to excuse his 2013 meeting with Farrakhan, while ignoring his more recent meeting with the NOI leader in Farrakhan’s hotel room, in 2015. At least six other Democrats are known to have embraced Farrakhan. These members of Congress — Maxine Waters, Barbara Lee, Danny Davis, Andre Carson, Gregory Meeks, and Al Green — have all, while in office, sat down with Farrakhan for personal meetings.
Some, such as Andre Carson (D-Ind.), claim they oppose anti-Semitism, yet they've been slow denounce him and have dismissed the call to resign.
Indy Star columnist Tim Swarens recently interviewed Andre Carson (D-Ind.) about it, according to his Tuesday column.
"On Friday, Carson told me more than once that he opposes 'anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, xenophobia, sexism, racism — all the isms and all the phobias,' Swarens wrote
"What's missing from that comment was any mention of Farrakhan. Carson and others have been criticized recently for wanting to have it both ways: They freely denounce bigotry in all its forms, but they've been unwilling to tie such bigotry directly to Farrakhan."
Carson admitted to Swarens that he met with Farrakhan in 2015, citing their common interest to improve urban neighborhoods, but he refused to say that he would never meet with the Muslim leader in the future.
What about Rep. Keith Ellison?
Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) has adamantly denied having a recent relationship with Farrakhan.
In 2006, during Ellison's campaign, he admitted to The Washington Post that he had worked for the Nation of Islam for about 18 months before Farrakhan's Million Man March in 1995.
He has since claimed that relationship ended long before his work in Congress.
Last month, various reports showed that Ellison, deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, had attended at least three meetings with Farrakhan since he has worked in Congress.
In 2013, Farrakhan and Ellison both attended a private dinner hosted by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani for American Muslim leaders, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Other meetings include a private visit with Farrakhan in a hotel room, and a YouTube video uploaded in 2013 by Johari Abdul-Malik, then-director at Dar Al Hijrah Islamic Center, showed the pair talking at an event.