Louis Farrakhan Praises Donald Trump for Shunning ‘Jewish Money’ by the Forward

Louis Farrakhan Praises Donald Trump for Shunning ‘Jewish Money’

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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has praised Donald Trump for refusing to take donations from Jews in his race for the White House.

According to the Anti-Defamation League, Farrakhan said in a sermon last week that the Republican frontrunner is the only presidential candidate “who has stood in front of [the] Jew­ish com­mu­nity, and said I don’t want your money.”

“Any time a man can say to those who con­trol the pol­i­tics of Amer­ica, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means you can’t con­trol me,” Farrakhan said in a sermon at Chicago’s Mosque Maryam. “And they can­not afford to give up con­trol of the pres­i­dency of the United States.”

Farrakhan appeared to be referencing Trump’s remarks to the Republican Jewish Coalition on December 3, when he said “You’re not gonna support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your politicians, that’s fine. Five months ago I was with you.”

At the time, the ADL said that it did not believe Trump was intentionally evoking anti-Semitic canards, but called on Trump to distance himself from such conspiracies.

Farrakhan has a long history of making racist, anti-LGBTQ, and anti-Jewish comments, including blaming Israelis and Zionists for the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks.

On the stump, Trump frequently boasts that his largely self-funded campaign puts him above the influence of traditional special interests. Trump’s claim has endeared him to anti-Semitic conspiracy theorists that believe a Jewish cabal covertly controls the United States.

Farrakhan is not the first anti-Semitic figure to voice support for Trump. Former KKK leader David Duke has praised Trump, but stopped short of a full endorsement, citing Trump’s friendliness to Jews and Israel.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Louis Farrakhan Praises Donald Trump for Shunning ‘Jewish Money’

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