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The Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington


The Smear Campaign Against Keith Ellison Is Repugnant but Reveals Much About Washington

Glenn Greenwald

Ever since he announced his candidacy to lead the Democratic National Committee, Keith Ellison, the first American Muslim elected to the U.S. Congress, has been the target of a defamation campaign that is deceitful, repugnant, and yet quite predictable.


In the recent election, I heard Democrats say the most ridiculous and offensive things which included denial of history, condemnation of truth-tellers like Edward Snowden and Julian Assange, red-baiting and even exhortations of “America love it or leave it.” Instead of listening to hard-hit working people in the post-industrial economic wasteland, I heard defense of trade deals and globalization. I heard denial of the painful realities of a failing economy at the ground level. They spread awful lies about Sanders, they hired trolls and generally treated progressives like the enemy. Echoing the smug arrogance of the Clintons, Democratic party loyalists moved to the hard right against progressives calling us things like “Bernie Bros,” “Russian agents” and “spoiled basement dwellers” while assuring themselves of victory and denying the danger that was obvious; especially after the British Brexit debacle. The nasty, smug deafness of Clinton democrats gave us Trump and the rise of angry, bigoted irrational fascism.

Progressives have come to expect if not count on smears, libels and attacks from the Clintonite corporate Democrats. We can expect to hear them repeated -- it is a sign that we are having an effect. Should they succeed, it is time for us to build a progressive populist alternative that will draw from all segments of the ripped-off and angry working class. We might consider the Working Families Party as a foundation to build on.


Thank you Mr. Greewald. Ellison is being smeared because the DNC and Dem's in congress can not imagine change. They fight it at every turn.
People ask if there is any hope for saving the Democratic party and I say we have already seen the answer to that. Chuck Shumer, Nancy Pelosi, and the old dogs say they've got this. Nancy's playbook from 2006 is how they'll proceed, cause it worked in '06. The whole world has changed since then but not the Dem's. They are an embarrassment.
Ellison seems like a good choice for the DNC. He's completely correct about Israel. They take billions from our taxpayers and then thumb their noses at us when we mention they are committing apartheid on the Palestinians. It appears to be some form of extortion and if you don't want to play along you are anti-Semitic. What a bunch of crap.
The world has changed since '06 and if the Democrats don't wake up they will be left behind like they were in this last election.


Progressive, Envirnomentalists, Social Democrats or just socialists, Working Party, Green Party, and all other parties and activists united as a solid working groups and take over the dem party.

We know who the elites are that are shaming us while not listening to the peaceful anger and resentment that many Average American feels. These elites and all their power for years believe they are the chosen ones who know best. Complete BS.


finally a leader who speaks truth to power. Go Keith!


The Anti-Defamation League is a misnomer. It would be more aptly called The Defamation League. Defamation is a vital part of its savage modus operandi.


It seems to me that there are quite a few tea bags on the boards playing the divide between the DNC and the more progressive Sanders direction. Maybe the 2020 election crap is starting.


Watch out for those trying to divide the progressives that are outside even the DNC.


I have always found it ridiculous that the Israelis thumb their nose at us and our govt behaves as if it has no leverage against them. They will make statements about how we can't tell another nation what to do and then a week later, send them billions. I suspect I'm not the only one who thinks this is crazy and it's good to hear someone in govt say so.


The Democrats will never rock the boat with Israel. We need a third party.


Give me more than just watch out.


I'm with you. Unity in building a mass movement is vital.


The Working Families Party endorsed Clinton. As did Bernie. Ellison. Warren. Our very own Barbara (one and only vote against endless war) Lee. So who are these progressives you speak of here? The Hillary Haters Club has had its day. The rest of the world is moving on. You can come along if you like, but leave the bitterness and self pity behind.


Can you imagine the depthless degree of defamation if Ellison was someone AIPAC and ilk truly needed to worry about?


Isn't Keith Ellison on record in favor of a Syria no-fly zone? His position may be similar to Hillary's, which was deemed provocative and could end up in a major war. Say it isn't true. Until this is cleared up, I will be uncomfortable about Ellison.


The ADL matches the DNC. Both are rooted in regressive and anti-people practices.


I lost? You won?


Most Americans lost with either of the two candidates.


We'd better get used to the Israeli lobby's fighting any exposure of Israel's settlement violations . . . the lobbyists are highly organized and know how to directly influence our legislators and indirectly smear anyone with the courage to tell the truth about Israel's treatment of Palestinians. They know just which buttons to push in a low-information US citizenry, and they go at it with remarkable energy and vehemence.

What many Americans are unaware of is that the current behavior of the Zionist-led Israeli nation is opposed vigorously by a number of minority parties of Jews in that country. They are becoming accustomed to being the minority in Israel, just as progressives here will have to adjust with the Trump government. But these anti-Zionist Jews stay strong and persistent, and we should learn a few tricks from them as time goes on. And many Jews here are also progressive and disgusted with Israel right now.

But you're not going to hear it from the New York Times. Or many other MSM outlets. Or most of our dear legislators, who fatten on the Israeli business they procure for their districts by virtue of acquiescing to all the Zionist propaganda.

And Palestine continues to suffer . . .


Seems like Israel can take care of itself, and I understand they have a healthcare plan operated by the government.