A new photo of former President Barack Obama and hate group leader Louis Farrakhan has emerged, showing that Obama was more friendly with Farrakhan than he let on publicly.
Farrakhan, leader of the black nationalist group Nation of Islam, has a decades-long track record of spouting hate against Jews, gays and white people. His bigotry has even been cataloged by the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center. His extremism was well-documented in 2005, when newly elected Illinois Sen. Barack Obama met with Farrakhan at a Congressional Black Caucus meeting and took a smiling photo with him.
The photo that never saw the light of day: Obama with Farrakhan in 2005 https://t.co/nUrPbYVy0q pic.twitter.com/MrjqRdJy9G
— Talking Points Memo (@TPM) January 25, 2018
The photo took place just two years before Obama announced his presidential campaign. Obama was non-committal on his relationship with Farrakhan during his first campaign and was hesitant to reject Farrakhan’s endorsement.
“I obviously can’t censor him, but it is not support that I sought,” Obama said at the time, according to CNN. “And we’re not doing anything, I assure you, formally or informally with Minister Farrakhan.” He later rejected Farrakhan’s support after Hillary Clinton attacked him for it, saying,” If the word ‘reject’ Senator Clinton feels is stronger than the word ‘denounce,’ then I’m happy to concede the point, and I would reject and denounce.”
New ties between Obama and Farrakhan have surfaced just as Obama’s political career winds down. Farrakhan said at an event in 2016 that Obama visited him in Chicago shortly before the senator launched his campaign for president in 2007. Farrakhan also referenced a picture of himself and Obama during his speech, although it’s not clear if he was referring to the same 2005 photo. Farrakhan also said that the Nation of Islam backed Obama’s early political career in Chicago, dating all the way back to 1996.
Here are some of the things Farrakhan has said about Jews, gays people and white people.
Farrakhan has consistently described the Jewish synagogue as the “Synagogue of Satan” and has claimed that “the Satanic Jews…control everything and mostly everybody.” In 2011, he said: “Some of you think that I’m just somebody who’s got something out for the Jewish people. You’re stupid. Do you think I would waste my time if I did not think it was important for you to know Satan? My job is to pull the cover off of Satan so that he will never deceive you and the people of the world again.”
Farrakhan claims Jews caused the Holocaust
“The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road,” Farrakhan claimed in 1998.
“White people deserve to die”
“White people deserve to die, and they know, so they think it’s us coming to do it,” Farrakhan said in 2015. He has also called white people “white devils,” “potential humans” who “haven’t evolved yet” and “sinful by nature.” (RELATED: Farrakhan On Ferguson: ‘We’ll Tear This G**damn Country Up!’ [VIDEO])
Farrakhan blames the Jews for 9/11
Farrakhan has repeatedly accused the Jews of being behind the September 11 terrorist attacks, which he claims was a false flag attack. In 2015, for example, he claimed that “there were many Israelis and Zionist Jews in key roles in the 9/11 attacks” and claimed that “many Jews received a text message not to come to work on September 11.” Farrakhan claimed in 2016 that “Osama Bin Laden didn’t destroy the Twin Towers. That was a false-flag operation to take the world’s attention away from the great disunity in America after George W. Bush stole the election.”
Farrakhan claims interracial marriage is evil
“I’m not into integration. I ain’t for that. God told the Jews, he didn’t want you intermarrying with others. But you disobeyed him. He don’t want us uniting into this that he’s come to judge. You can’t integrate with wickedness if you want righteousness,” Farrakhan said in 2003, two years before he was photographed meeting Obama.
Opposing interracial marriage has been a consistent position for Farrakhan. “Now God don’t want you intermarrying with [white women],” Farrakhan said in a 2016 speech posted to Facebook. “The fact is that God wanted us to be with ourselves, us with our women. He respected white people who wanted to keep their race white, because we sure want to keep ours from being any further mongrelized.”
Hollywood Jews “are the chosen of Satan” for promoting gay marriage
Speaking at an event in 2015, Farrkahan said of Jews in Hollywood: “You’re God’s chosen people? And you promote something that God rejects? You’ve lost your covenant status! You are not the chosen of God, you are the chosen of Satan! …You’re promoting homosexuality. God doesn’t. You promote filth. God condemns it!”
“Hitler was a very great man”
Farrakhan spoke positively about comparisons between himself and Adolf Hitler in 1984. “The Jews don’t like Farrakhan, so they call me Hitler. Well, that’s a good name. Hitler was a very great man.” Farrakhan praised Hitler’s leadership against the United States in World War II. He briefly touched on the Holocaust, saying he wasn’t “proud of Hitler’s evil against the Jewish people, but that’s a matter of reckon.” He then praised Hitler’s leadership and compared himself to Hitler.