The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) called out Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) for failing to disavow Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan's blatantly anti-Semitic sentiments.
Farrakhan, who has a history of making anti-Semitic comments, recently said during his Saviours' Day 2018 Address that “the powerful Jews are my enemy” and “white folks are going down.”
“And Farrakhan, by God's grace, has pulled a cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I'm here to say your time is up, your world is through,” he told the audience.
During an interview with The Daily Caller, Davis confirmed he has a personal relationship with Farrakhan that spans “years and years and years and years and years.” He said he knows about “the Jews and Farrakhan” but, as a “global individual,” explained his world is “so much bigger than any of that.”
“That's just one segment of what goes on in our world,” he said. “The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth. For those heavy into it, that's their thing, but it ain't my thing.”
He said Jews are a race, not a religious community, and called their presence a “race-tuberculosis of the peoples.” Hitler stated the initial goal of the German government was to discriminate against Jewish people with the ultimate goal being “the removal of Jews altogether.”
Davis previously told The Daily Caller that he considers Farrakhan to be an “outstanding human,” and his repeated support caught the criticism of the ADL.
“It is unfortunate that the congressman apparently can't muster up the courage to denounce Farrakhan's blatant anti-Semitism and instead chose to praise him instead,” an ADL spokesman told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency (JTA).
The spokesman said the organization is “deeply disappointed” with his statements toward “an avowed anti-Semite who leads a group that traffics in hate not just towards Jews but also the LGBTQ community.”
“Hate should not be difficult to denounce,” the spokesman explained. “Once again we're calling on the congressman to denounce anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.”