Here are the rules for discussing Louis Farrakhan, the head of a racist, anti-Semitic hate group who has praised Hitler.
1. Don't call him by a honorific, Minister Farrakhan, it's obvious pandering to his followers.
2. Condemn his hatred
3. Act like you're down with it, without saying so explictly
Senator Cory Booker managed to pull off 3 for 3.
Sen. Cory Booker (D., NJ) refused to rule out meeting with anti-Semite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan during a faith breakfast in Columbia, South Carolina on Saturday.
"I have met – I live in Newark so we have famous Mosque 25, we have Nation of Islam there," the 2020 presidential candidate said. "As mayor I met with lots of folks talking to him. I have heard Minister Farrakhan’s speeches for a lot of my life, so I don’t feel like I need to do that, but I’m not one of these people that says I wouldn’t sit down with anybody to hear what they have to say. But, I live on a neighborhood where I’m getting guys on the streets offering and selling his works. I am very familiar with Minister Louis Farrakhan and his beliefs and his values."
Not a condemnation to be found in there.
Imagine a white presidential candidate had said this about the KKK.
Now, we all know that Booker will get the Tamika Mallory/Barack Obama pass on this. Just like he got away with quoting Stokely Carmichael.
There are examples going back several years, with Booker saying, “Stokely Carmichael said it best: we are the leaders we’ve been looking for.”
In a July interview this year, his Stokelyite attack on the Constitution was even harsher. “Yeah, if you read the Declaration of Independence now, you see the Native Americans referred to as “savages.” And women are clearly, by their omission, a second-class citizenry. Stokely Carmichael — I love how he used to always say, ‘Constitu-, constitu- — I can only say three-fifths of the word.’”
But the sneering line about the Constitution isn’t Stokely’s most famous quote.
Two others are way ahead of it: “The only good Zionist is a dead Zionist we must take a lesson from Hitler” and “The only position for women in SNCC is prone."
Carmichael had also declared, “I’ve never admired a white man, but the greatest of them, to my mind, was Hitler.”
“Zionist pigs have been harassing us everywhere,” he warned at the University of Maryland, “And when this anger rises, will snap our fingers and finish them off."
It was 1990.
Cory Booker sure likes guys who like Hitler.
Again, zero accountability.
The media will ignore a United States Senator quoting a violent racist because he's one of theirs. And the average Jewish voter in New Jersey will pull the lever for Booker, after he smirks through a few Jewish events around election day and drops a few Hebrew terms he picked up.