Louis Farrakhan, the lead of the Nation of Islam and a well-documented anti-Semite apparently led a "Death to America" chant Sunday during a solidarity trip to Iran. While the trip has not been independently confirmed, it instantly became campaign fodder for the Trump family.
Donald Trump Jr. used a video of the incident, shared by a Breitbart editor, on Twitter to slam Democrats a day before the U.S. midterm elections. “When will the democrats disavow this guy? Answer: NEVER,” Trump Jr. tweeted.
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach also called on Democrats to condemn him.
“A new low for arch Jew-hater Farrakhan,” Boteach tweeted. “Who has heard of an American going to a foreign country and chanting ‘Death to America?’ Where is Bill Clinton who appeared with him recently, and Barack Obama, photographed with him, and Cory Booker to condemn him?”
Farrakhan's trip apparently coincided with the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran.
Speaking to law school students, Fox News reported, at the University of Tehran, Farrakhan said, “America has never been a democracy.” He also led a “Death to Israel” chant, according to Iranian news agencies.
“Today, I warn the American government that sanctioning Iran is a big mistake,” he said at a meeting with the Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council, Mohsen Rezaei.
Farrakhan, earlier this month compared Jewish people to termites. Chelsea Clinton called Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism “dangerous” and said laughter in response to it “made my skin crawl.”
Clinton, the daughter of former President Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, added that, “comparing Jews to termites is anti-Semitic, wrong and dangerous,” in a tweet.
In May of this year, Farrakhan changed his opinion of U.S. President Donald Trump 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 offered Trump. Farrakhan told the radio show 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.”
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