On his show this Thursday, Sean Hannity addressed Rep. Keith Ellison’s accusation during an earlier heated exchange, in which he accused Hannity of being a “shill” for the Republican Party. Saving his rant for a later show when without Ellison’s presence, Hannity linked the Muslim Congressman to the Nation of Islam’s leader Louis Farrakhan, who he called “a racist and an anti-Semite.”
On Tuesday, Ellison had appeared on Hannity’s show and launched into a tirade against the host, calling him “the worst excuse for a journalist” he had ever seen.
In his Thursday segment, Hannity presented what seemed to be a hit piece that linked Ellison to the controversial Nation of Islam leader.
“This is really serious, in as much as Farrakhan, one of the most divisive figures in our culture, rabid anti-Semite racist,” the Fox News host said, additionally charging that Ellison also had ties to the black militant Khalid Muhammad.
Hannity went on to say that Muhammad wanted to “kill the women, everything white that’s in sight — kill the women, kill the babies, kill the children, kill the old people.”
Seemingly lost in a bizarre rant that sounded more and more like race-baiting as the segment went on, Hannity then said that Ellison was the “equivalent” of the Ku Klux Klan.
“Do we have somebody then in Congress that is the equivalent on one side what the Klan is?” Hannity asked. “Because I view the rabid rantings of Khalid Muhammad as frightening.”
In the 1990s, Ellison coordinated with The Nation of Islam to help organize the Million Man March on Washington. But in some very public disavowals, Ellison said he was wrong to work with the Nation of Islam.
“I have long since distanced myself from and rejected the Nation of Islam due to its propagation of bigoted and anti-Semitic ideas and statements, as well as other issues,” the congressman wrote in a 2006 letter to Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Watch Hannity’s Thursday show in the video below.