Controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan turned heads last Sunday during his annual Saviour’s Day address when he gave praise to GOP presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. Farrakhan, who did not endorse the business mogul, made his comments supporting Trump’s decision not to accept campaign donations from potential Jewish supporters, Politico reports.
Farrakhan was in Chicago at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam in Chicago last Sunday for part two of of his speech. In this appearance, Farrakhan turned heads with his glowing words for Trump despite recent reports that connect the Republican Party primaries front runner to former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke:
Trump “is the only member who has stood in front of the Jewish community and said ‘I don’t want your money,’” Farrakhan said in a sermon he delivered this week. “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. And they can’t afford to give up control of the presidents of the United States.”
Despite his commendation for the billionaire businessman, Farrakhan did not endorse him. “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump,” he added, “but I like what I’m looking at.”
Farrakhan also called Jews the “Synagogue of Satan,” according to the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitic statements.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also reported on Farrakhan’s comments, stating their usual position that the leader’s anti-Semitic stances are on display at the annual event.
Despite Trump’s successes of late in the polls and tonight’s Super Tuesday primaries, he is still under fire for not denouncing his connection with the KKK. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both called out Trump for his inaction regarding Duke and the KKK.
Trump’s father, real estate developer Fred Trump was recently revealed to be connected to the KKK as a result of a 1927 arrest at a Queens, N.Y. Klan rally, the Washington Post reports. Trump initially claimed to not know anything of his father’s arrest at the rally.
SOURCE: Politico, ADL | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform
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Here Are 21 Of President Barack Obama’s Best Photos Of 2015
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1. JANUARY: President Obama delivers the State of the Union address with the support of vice president Joe Biden. Obama gained mass support after his joke about winning both terms.
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2. JANUARY: President Barack Obama has an adorable moment with Akira Cooper at the Community Children’s Center, one of the nation’s oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.
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3. JANUARY: President Obama greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon arrival at Air Force Station Palam in New Delhi, India.
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4. JANUARY: President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz.
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5. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama fakes a jump shot during an Affordable Care Act video taping for BuzzFeed in the White House Library. The video went viral thanks to jokes about his presidency and ultra-cool swag.
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6. FEBRUARY: Obama pals around with one of his biggest supporters, vice president Joe Biden. While he chose not to run in the 2016 presidential election, Obama said he would be in his corner.
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7. FEBRUARY: President Barack Obama talks with 13-year-old student Vidal Chastanet as “Humans of New York” founder Brandon Stanton photographs during a blog interview in the Oval Office. Obama was greatly inspired by Chastanet’s comments on the popular “Humans of New York” Instagram page, where he shared his troubles finding courage in school and and life despite living in a dangerous area of Brooklyn, NY.
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8. MARCH: Obama is a classic man as he puts on a green tie in observance of St. Patrick’s Day.
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9. MARCH: President Barack Obama delivers remarks during the event to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday and the Selma to Montgomery civil rights marches at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala.
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10. APRIL: During the Correspondents’ Dinner, his anger translator – played by Key & Peele comedian Keegan-Michael Key – helped Obama get out his biggest frustrations.
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11. APRIL: President Obama arrives in Jamaica to meet with the 15-member Caribbean Community. His trip marked a first for the sitting president and second since the country’s independence.
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12. APRIL: Obama speaks with newly appointed Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the Oval Office.
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13. JUNE: President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are seen talking during the president’s trip to the G7Summit in Bavaria, Germany.
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14. JUNE: President Obama sings “Amazing Grace” during the eulogy for South Carolina state senator and Rev. Clementa Pinckney during Pinckney’s funeral service. Clementa was one of the nine victims who died after suspected shooter Dylann Roof entered the AME church and opened fire.
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15. SEPTEMBER: President Obama is featured on the popular show “Running Wild With Bear Grylls.” Obama took the trip to highlight the importance of climate control.
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16. SEPTEMBER: The First Couple serve as “love goals” at the White House’s state dinner for Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Madame Peng Liyuan. Obama and Xi announced an agreement on controlling climate change and a mutual outlook on cyber security.
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17. OCTOBER: President Obama meets with Ahmed Mohamed, the student who was detained by Texas police for his homemade clock. The president stood by the teen, who many believe was the victim of Islamophobia.
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18. NOVEMBER: President Obama issues a warning to his critics who “pop off” at his policies towards Syrian refugees. Speaking at the OP 21 United Nations conference on climate change, Obama welcomed his Republican critics to the White House to lay down their own policies. No one has responded.
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19. DECEMBER: President Obama addresses the public from the Oval Office regarding the San Bernardino shooting.
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20. DECEMBER: All grown up! The First Family, including Obama’s mother-in-law Marian Robinson, is seen at the White House’s national Christmas tree lighting ceremony on Dec. 2.
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