Rep. Andre Carson: I'll Go On Meeting With Farrakhan If I Want To

The Democrats and Farrakhan are a marriage made in hell. And the marriage isn't going anywhere.

That's one reason you see so many progressive media apologists for the "complex interplay" of the "black community and the Nation of Islam." After a lot of pressure, some of the usual suspects offered tepid condemnations. There's been a series of generic non-statements from Obama Inc. Tamika Mallory of the Women's March threw a self-righteous tantrum full of intersec-speak. Linda Sarsour isn't likely to disavow a guy who hates Jews almost as much as she does. Keith Ellison shrugged off the question in a previous statement. His fellow Muslim Dem won't even disavow Farrakhan's remarks.

In a 50-minute phone interview on Friday, Carson avoided criticizing Farrakhan directly, declined to characterize Farrakhan's remarks as "hate speech," and would not rule out meeting with Farrakhan in the future to discuss policy concerns.

A bit of context: In late February, Farrakhan during a speech in Chicago declared, “Powerful Jews are my enemy.” He also said Jews are “responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men."  And he added this: “White folks are going down. And Satan is going down. And Farrakhan, by God’s grace, has pulled the cover off of that Satanic Jew, and I’m here to say your time is up, your world is through.”

I asked Carson if he would rule out any future meetings with Farrakhan. "No meetings are planned," he said. 

But will you make it a matter of principle not to meet with him because of his anti-Semitic comments? "I often attend banquets and other events where I don't know who will be seated near me," Carson said.

That can be hard to control, I agreed. But will you rule out another meeting like the one you had with Farrakhan in 2015? Carson would not say that, even after I circled back to the question later in the interview.

Carson's refusal to stand unequivocally against Farrakhan's hatred is disturbing. It should be easy for him to say, "I'll never again meet with Louis Farrakhan to discuss public policy or any other issue."  

Instead, like Tamika Mallory and some others, Rep. Carson is going into the "I'm being bullied" mode.

In a flash of anger, the congressman reserved his strongest comments during our interview for WIBC talk show host Tony Katz, who's been sharply critical of Carson recently for refusing to denounce Farrakhan.

"I think what Tony Katz is doing on WIBC is hate speech," Carson said. "He's putting my life and my children's lives in jeopardy. He's jeopardizing the lives of staff members in my office."

I don't recall Tony Katz killing anyone. The Nation of Islam is another story.

But these are also standard Intersec tactics. Accuse your critics of hate speech and demand a safe space. Claim that there are death threats coming your way to evade criticism. 

Never mind that all this is a show you're putting on to defend your ties to a racist hate group that actually does make people unsafe because of its violent racism and ugly history. The pals of the NOI are the real victims. And Farrakhans and the Dems are staying a couple.