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Ellison Responds to ADL Statement Criticizing Him for ‘Disturbing’ Comments

ellisonCongressman Keith Ellison has responded to a statement today from the Anti-Defamation League criticizing past comments of his on Israel.

The ADL had a more supportive statement of Ellison last week, but they released a more critical one today over comments they called “deeply disturbing and disqualifying.”

The comments in question concern a piece of audio uncovered of Ellison saying the following:

“The United States foreign policy in the Middle East is governed by what is good or bad through a country of 7 million people. A region of 350 million all turns on a country of 7 million. Does that make sense? Is that logic? Right? When the Americans who trace their roots back to those 350 million get involved, everything changes. Can I say that again?”

Ellison issued an open letter in response to the ADL, saying he’s “saddened” by their statement and providing the full context of what he was saying in those remarks:

And since the ADL’s statement earlier, at least one top Democrat is continuing to stand by Ellison for DNC chair.

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