ADL Blasts White House Staffer for Boasting of Close Relationship with Louis Farrakhan
The Anti-Defamation League has slammed an adviser to President Donald Trump for saying that she would “look forward ” to a meeting with Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the antisemitic Nation of Islam (NoI) movement.
“Louis Farrakhan should not be made to feel welcome by anyone in the White House,” said ADL Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Greenblatt, in response to favorable comments made by Omarosa Manigault, who serves as a political aide to Trump.
“I think any of your audience would know that I’ve never shied away from having an open, and I believe a good, relationship with Louis Farrakhan,” Manigault said in a Thursday morning interview on Chicago talk-radio station WVON. “I would look forward to receiving that invitation and sitting down with him.”
The ADL pointed out that Farrakhan has been agitating against Jews and Judaism for more than 30 years. Following through on Manigault’s overture, said Greenblatt, “would only serve to legitimize his long record of conspiratorial and hateful views toward Jews. We hope that the administration will make it clear that Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic organization will find no supporters in the White House.”
Ahead of his 2015 Million March, Farrakhan declared: “I’m talking about the wicked ones in the Jewish community that run America, run the government, run the world, own the banks, own the means of communication. They are my enemies!”
Farrakhan took a positive view of the Trump election campaign in 2016, though not to the same extent as other hate leaders, such as the white supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke. While not endorsing Trump, Farrakhan said, “I like what I’m looking at.”
In March, Farrakhan attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as he told an annual Nation of Islam celebration that Israel’s days as an independent state in the Middle East were numbered.
“Netanyahu, you’re coming out of there. You don’t have a permanent home there,” Farrakhan said. “Your desire is to conquer that entire area lying that Abraham promised you — you lying. He ain’t promise you a damn thing.”