He’s been a supporter of the Hamas-affiliated Council on American-Islamic Relations.
He was spotted recently wearing a “No Borders” T-shirt.
He recently wrote a letter to Amazon’s Jeff Bezos demanding the company stop selling books by any author condemned by the extremist Southern Poverty Law Center.
And now, the No. 2 ranking official of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., is facing accusations of physically abusing an ex-girlfriend as the party tries to take back the House and Senate in November’s mid-term elections. He’s also a candidate for the state post of attorney general.
The latest allegations surfaced Saturday night from Karen Monahan after her son posted in Facebook that he had seen text messages from Ellison threatening his mother with video of the co-chairman of the DNC screaming obscenities at her as he dragged her off to bed by her feet, the Associated Press reported.
“You know you did that to me,” said Monahan.
Ellison responded with a brief statement: “I never behaved in this way.”
“My brother and I watched our mom come out of pure hell after getting out of her relationship with Keith Ellison,” 25-year-old Austin Monahan said.
Karen Monahan said that what her son posted was the truth.
“What my son said is true,” she posted. “Every statement he made was [email protected], you know you did that to me. I have given every opportunity to get help and heal. Even now, u r willing to say my son is lying and have me continue to leak more text and info just so others will believe him.”
Ellison insists the video does not exist.
The allegations come days before Democratic voters choose between Ellison and other candidates in a Tuesday primary for attorney general.
Earlier on Sunday, Ellison’s rivals in the race for attorney general demanded that he respond to the allegations, WCCO-TV reported.
Matt Pelikan and former Minnesota House Speaker Debra Hilstrom called the allegations troubling. Another candidate in the race, former Ramsey County Attorney Tom Foley, said the allegations were serious.
“If there are records and video of his interaction with the victim, those materials also should be turned over to law enforcement for immediate investigation,” he said.