Charles Schumer of NY, along with leading Senate progressives Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
CNN has reached out to Ellison for response to Saban's comments and not yet gotten a response. "I believe that Israel and the U.S. -Israel relationship are, and should be, key considerations in shaping U.S. policy in the Middle East". "When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes".
In Thursday's statement, ADL chief executive Jonathan Greenblatt said Ellison's comments expose a belief that American policy is driven not by the country's best interests, but by "religiously or national origin-based special interests ..."
Ellison's past association with the Nation of Islam, including his defense of the group's leader Louis Farrakhan - who has made anti-Semitic remarks - have increasingly come under scrutiny during his bid to be the next DNC leader. Many, including the Ant-Defamation League, have spoken out against Ellison.
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Ellison recently addressed his past support for the Nation of Islam, saying he has long ago disavowed the group's anti-Semitism and apologized for associating with the group.
"In my effort to pursue justice for the African-American community, I neglected to scrutinize the words of those like Khalid Muhammed and Farrakhan who mixed a message of African-American empowerment with scapegoating of other communities", he wrote. I defended the organizer of the March in writing, but I glossed over the hurtful and divisive language he directed at other communities.
The closest Trump has come to an apology for his various blows against "political correctness" came in a 90-second video-recorded acknowledgment of regret for a decade-old audio tape in which he boasted about grabbing women's genitals. Some of the criticisms are practical, such as the Obama Administration's apparent concerns about Ellison splitting his time and focus between serving in Congress and running the party. "Keith Ellison is no anti-Semite and it is maddening when anyone who doesn't know him or his record makes that ugly accusation", Randi Weingarten wrote in a Facebook post. It's a pattern that is clearly repeating itself, even while he is a member of Congress. According to Greenblatt, the next head of the Democratic Party should "have fidelity to these timeless ideals at all times". But controversy before you even get the job is not a good start. Per the extensive sources cited in that release, Ellison's risky positions and involvements have included the following: During a Democracy Now! television interview, Ellison suggested that the Israeli "occupation" was to blame for a "humanitarian crisis" and lack of sewage processing in Gaza - while ignoring that Israel withdrew from every inch of Gaza, and that Hamas diverts the electricity needed to operate Gaza's sewage treatment plant to Hamas' terror tunnels and terrorist operations.
Ellison's struggles put Democrats more broadly in a tough position, too. They're divided on which way to take the party after getting smashed at all levels over the past eight years. It's too soon to tell.