Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn) posted a photo of himself on Twitter posing with the book “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook.” The book calls for violence as a tool of political advocacy. Ellison’s post said the book should “strike fear into the heart” of President Donald Trump. This guy, the only Muslim in Congress, is the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee. It drew pushback from Republicans who have criticized the movement’s at-times violent disruptions of speaking engagements and white supremacist rallies. After receiving well-deserved criticism, Ellison’s spokesman Karthik Ganapathy said that Ellison has not read the book, and has espoused nonviolence throughout his career. Do you believe that? Why would he appear to endorse a book he hadn’t read? Surely he knows what the antifa is and what they do.
The CBS outlet in Ellison’s home state wrote that the tweeted endorsement “drew pushback from Republicans who have criticized the movement’s at-times violent disruptions of speaking engagements and white supremacist rallies.” No Democrats think that their party’s leadership endorsing a group that wears masks and acts like brown shirts deserves criticism?
Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but most of the news outlets reporting that a high ranking official of the Democratic Party advocated violence and a domestic terrorist group were among the so-called conservative press. The New York Times, for example, did not view this as news fit to print, since, I surmise, it might tip off the public prior to the 2018 elections that there is, in John Dean’s words, a cancer growing on the Democratic Party. One of many, in fact.
The Washington Post did run a short AP story on the photo yesterday. The headline was “Ellison tweet on Antifa handbook and Trump draws criticism.” A responsible headline would have been “Deputy Chairman of the Democratic National Committee Endorses Antifa.” The criticism isn’t the news. The implicit endorsement of violence is, and the headline doesn’t communicate that.
The Post—currently being celebrated in a major Hollywood movie!-— tells us that Democracy Dies in Darkness, and one of the ways democracy dies is when voters don’t know that a major political party’s leadership endorses fascist tactics and the intimidation of opposing views.
Is the DNC going to take any disciplinary action against Ellison? I doubt it very much. So far, no other Democratic leaders have spoken out against the photo. This is, inch by inch, increasingly what the Democratic Party is becoming. Its leaders endorsed the anarchic Occupy Movement as well as the racist and divisive Black Lives Matter. Now the deputy chair of the DNC smilingly poses with a how-to-beat-up conservatives book for his Twitter followers. That isn’t just a dog whistle, it’s a dog trombone.
And the mainstream news media does everything it can to make certain that Americans who would be alarmed and disgusted by this don’t know about it.
Hey, did you read about what “Fire and Fury”says Trump said?
[NOTE: This story upset me sufficiently that I initially published it without a headline, only the second time I’ve done that. Of course, I’ve also had enough cold medicine to knock out a Woolly Mammoth…]