Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan spoke in Tehran Sunday, leading chants of “death to Israel” and “death to America,” according to Iranian news agencies.
Farrakhan is a well-documented bigot, having made deeply misogynistic, homophobic, and anti-Semitic comments. The Anti-Defamation League describes the Nation of Islam as having “a consistent record of anti-Semitism” since the 1930s. Farrakhan called Jews “termites” earlier this month, and has called Adolf Hitler a “great man.”
Farrakhan’s trip to Iran comes just as the United States prepares to reimplement sanctions against the nation, Fox News reports. Speaking alongside Secretary of Iran’s Expediency Council Mohsen Rezaee to Iranian law students, Farrakhan referred to the United States as “Satan” and voiced support for Iranian opposition to American interests. “I understand how the enemies have plotted against the Iranian people and I would like to stay alongside you to stop their plots,” he said.
Prominent Democrats have at times failed to call out and at times embraced Farrakhan.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder posed for a photograph with him at Franklin’s funeral.
President Barak Obama posed for a photograph with Farrakhan in 2005. The photographer, Askia Muhammad, admitted earlier this year that he had suppressed the photograph for fear Obama may be tied to Farrakhan during his presidential campaigns. He said the photograph “absolutely would have made a difference.”
Full article: Farrakhan in Iran: ‘Death to Israel,’ America Is ‘Satan’ (Washington Free Beacon)