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DNC Deputy Chair Credibly Accused of Domestic Abuse

             8/17/2018

Keith Ellison

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Minnesota Democratic Representative and Deputy Chair of the DNC Keith Ellison has vowed to “keep fighting” in the wake of allegations that he physically and emotionally abused an ex-girlfriend. Ellison, who is stepping down from his congressional seat at the end of this term, on Tuesday won the Minnesota Democratic primary for Attorney General, just days after the allegations broke. The left, who traditionally state that victims’ statements must always be taken at face value, is split over the abuse allegations against Ellison with some doubting the veracity of the claims.

The accusations against Ellison stem from a lengthy Saturday night Facebook post by the son of Ellison’s ex-girlfriend, environmental activist Karen Monahan. In the post, Monahan’s son described a video of Ellison abusing his mother, dragging her off a bed by her feet and calling her a “f***ing b**ch,” as well as a series of allegedly abusive text and twitter conversations. In a Sunday tweet Karen Monahan, whose long-term relationship with Ellison ended in 2016, confirmed her son’s statements saying, “What my son said is true. Every statement he made was true.”

Despite Monahan’s statement, she has not released the recording, which Ellison says could not possibly exist as he has never abused an ex-girlfriend. In an interview with Minnesota public radio, Monahan said that she does not plan to release the recording as, “It’s humiliating, it’s traumatizing, for everyone’s family involved, and for me.” She has, however, released a batch of 100 text and Twitter messages between her and Ellison. However, according to reporter Briana Bierschbach, “there is no evidence in the messages reviewed by MPR News of the alleged physical abuse.” There are also no police reports or court documents relating to the alleged abuse.

These new allegations against Ellison seem to support earlier allegations made by Left-wing activist Amy Alexander who claimed in 2006 that Ellison abused her. Writing at the time, Alexander said, "His anger kicked in. He berated me. He grabbed me and pushed me out of the way. I was terrified. I called the police.” Independent journalist Laura Loomer recently published evidence of a 2005 9-1-1 call regarding the abuse of Alexander.

Despite the allegations against him, Ellison handily won the Democratic nomination for Minnesota Attorney General with 50% of the vote. His closest competitor in the crowded field, Debra Hilstrom, only garnered 19%. While the allegations gave many voters pause, most determined that there was a lack of credible evidence and that the timing of the allegations was too suspect. Some voters cited last year’s resignation of Minnesota Senator Al Franken as a motivating factor in their decision to continue to support Ellison. The Democratic candidate is also benefiting from institutional support in the face of the allegations.

The DNC did not make a statement on the issue until late on Tuesday, hours before voting in the Minnesota primary ended. The DNC statement reads, “These allegations recently came to light and we are reviewing them. All allegations of domestic abuse are disturbing and should be taken seriously.” Former DNC communications director Luis Miranda was sterner on the matter telling NPR, “The party has no choice but to suspend him at a minimum until they figure out what’s going on.” DNC Chairman Tom Perez said Wednesday that while he takes the allegations “very seriously,” he does not believe that they threaten the party as it seeks to capitalize on opposition to President Trump.

It is unlikely that the allegations against Ellison will pose a serious political threat to him in heavily Democratic Minnesota unless a criminal investigation uncovers further evidence of abuse. The lackluster response of party officials and the mainstream media demonstrates the double standard that exists regarding sexual misconduct on the part of the left. It is interesting that those who are so quick to convict others in the court of public opinion, without evidence, are so hesitant to accuse one of their own without further investigation. This just goes to show that so much of the social justice posturing that we see is not based in principle, but rather on a political tribalism that threatens to destabilize the Republic.

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