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Chicago Democrat Defends Friendship With Louis Farrakhan, Doesn’t Mind ‘The Jewish Question’

In an unexpected turn of events (well, depending on whom you ask), the radical left has developed a bizarre new love affair with Louis Farrakhan, the bombastic, sexist, racist, anti-Semitic, anti-LGBTQ leader of the Nation of Islam. In the span of just weeks, progressive leaders — and even two Women’s March organizers — have defended Farrakhan in the media, and now, even a longtime Democratic lawmaker is getting in on the game.

In an interview with the Daily Caller, Chicago Rep. Danny Davis — a staple of Chicago’s South Side — defended his friendship with the controversial (to put it mildly) Muslim leader, as though they were just buddies who sometimes met for golf and a few beers.

“I’m a pretty global individual. So I know Farrakhan, I know the Middle East question, I know the Jews and Farrakhan — I know all that, but that’s not what I spend all my time focused on,” Davis said.

“I know Farrakhan, been knowing him for years and years and years and years and years, and every once in a while some writer or somebody will I guess try to think of something to say about Farrakhan, but nah, my world is so much bigger than any of that. I don’t have time for that. I deal with it, you know, when it comes but nah, that’s not a real part of my focus,” he continued.

Right. Because after decades of unabashed anti-Semitism, Farrakhan’s hatred of the Jewish people is merely a media construct, designed to discredit his better ideas.

Davis didn’t stop there, though. Believing conspiracy theories about Farrakhan isn’t his only problem. You see, it seems Rep. Danny Davis is also concerned about the influence of a certain religious group.

“That’s just one segment of what goes on in our world. The world is so much bigger than Farrakhan and the Jewish question and his position on that and so forth. For those heavy into it, that’s their thing, but it ain’t my thing,” he said.

The comment seemed to leave Daily Caller reporter Peter Hasson scratching his head; what, exactly, is the “Jewish question,” that Danny Davis refers to? Is he saying that he believes Farrakhan has legitimate points when it comes to his well-expressed hatred of the Jewish people, as though there is an actual question as to whether they run an international cabal designed to systematically oppress Farrakhan’s followers?

Davis went on to say that he knows Farrakhan better than another Democratic legislator, Keith Ellison, so perhaps Davis does have “questions” as a result of Farrakhan’s influence. Chicagoans may want to question whether Davis is still fit for office.