Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, changed his opinion of U.S. President Donald Trump over the weekend while appearing at Chicago radio station WGCI on a program titled "The Morning Takeover."
Farrakhan was famously quoted in 2016 saying that, "If Donald Trump becomes president, he will take America into the abyss of hell" – which is a stark change from the praise he recently offered Trump.
Farrakhan said that while Trump may not have intended to help his cause, he has done so by “destroying the enemies of the Nation of Islam. Included in this group are the Department of Justice and the FBI.”
The Nation of Islam leader offered light praise of Trump once before when the president spoke to the Jewish Republican Coalition. He stated about Trump, “I like what I’m looking at,” specifically praising Trump for telling Jewish donors, “I don’t want your money.”
According to Oren Segal, director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism, “He was always very anti-Semitic and he remains very anti-Semitic. The one thing that has remained consistent is the anti-Semitism that has come from his speech.”
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The Jewish Telegraph Agency has documented Farrakhan’s long-held anti-Semitic beliefs, writing that "he was an anti-Semite in 1972 when he said Jews were 'in control of the media.' He was an anti-Semite in 1984 when he said 'Hitler was a very great man.' He was an anti-Semite in 1995 when he said 'You are the synagogue of Satan.' He was an anti-Semite — and homophobe — in 2007 when he said 'It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews that are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality.'"