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DNC Chair Candidates Rebuke Haim Saban for Calling Keith Ellison an anti-Semite

During a debate among seven of the leading contenders to lead the Democratic Party, Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison was uniformly defended by his colleagues.

Keith Ellison.
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The seven top candidates vying to be the next chair of of the Democratic National Committee defended Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), who is seen as the front-runner, against Israeli-American billionaire Haim Saban had labelled him “an anti-Semite.

During the debate hosted by the Huffington Post, the other candidates were asked if they agreed that Ellison, “would be a disaster for the relationship between the Jewish community and the Democratic Party," as Saban, who is a major donor to the party, has insisted.

Ray Buckley, Jaime Harrison, Sally Boynton-Brown, Pete Buttigieg and Thomas Perez each raised their hand while Jehmu Greene refused to answer the quesiton on the grounds that it was baiting and divisive. 

Huffington Post

Keith Ellison is a great guy,” said Harrison, who currently serves as Chairman of the South Carolina Democratic Party. “I don’t believe that there’s an anti-Semitic bone in his body.”

Ellison is among the 50 house Democrats vowing to boycott Donald Trump's inauguration on January 20th.