Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison, soon-to-be Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s FU Trump choice to be the next head of the Democratic National Committee, appeared on “Face the Nation” Sunday and embarrassed himself, the Democrats’ Party as well as his supporters which include extremist Let-wing Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
The purpose of Ellison’s appearance, according to CBS, was to outline his plans for the DNC if he’s elected the next chairman. Ellison told John Dickerson that Democrats’ Party needs to be “seen to be democratic. That means we’ve got to have systems in place to make sure that everybody who participates in a primary is perceived to have an equal shot with everybody else.” That was an obvious reference to disgraced former DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz under whose leadership the DNC colluded with the Hillary Clinton campaign to ensure Hillary won the Democrats’ nomination over Bernie Sanders.
Asked by Dickerson how should Democrats think about Donald Trump, Ellison inexplicably attacked Trump:
He’s not draining the swamp. He’s filling it up more. And there’s going to be more swamp creatures than ever before. I mean he is — lobbyists and big-time investment bankers, he’s not — he’s not doing what he said he was going to do for average working Americans.
That’s an outrageous thing for even Ellison to say after President-elect Donald Trump after was he called out last week for including lobbyists in his transition team, an obvious inconsistency with this promise to drain the swamp, sent Mike Pence in to clean house.
Draining the swamp is an integral part of Trump’s Contract With the American Voter — his plan for the first hundred days of his presidency. The contract includes four items related to draining the swamp, or as Conway put it today, ending the corruption gravy train. First there are three things Trump’s contract says he will do on day one of his presidency:
- FOURTH, a 5 year-ban on White House and Congressional officials becoming lobbyists after they leave government service;
- FIFTH, a lifetime ban on White House officials lobbying on behalf of a foreign government;
- SIXTH, a complete ban on foreign lobbyists raising money for American elections.
In addition, one of the 10 bills he will have introduced during the first 100 days is the Clean up Corruption in Washington Act. That legislation will enact new ethics reforms to Drain the Swamp and reduce the corrupting influence of special interests on our politics.
Egged on By Dickerson, who asked Ellison whether Democrat’s should treat Trump as a “normal president,” Ellison continued to attack Trump:
He’s clearly not normal. He ran on — he talked about jobs and yet he has hurt workers all over this country; in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and even in Florida. He has undermined workers. He’s hurt small business people and not paid contractors. Yes, it’s a — his level of abuse of working people is extraordinary. And not to mention his racism, misogyny extraordinary, as well. It’s hard to normalize that. and we can never do it.
But I would just say that it’s not about Donald Trump. We are going to — we are going to end — we’re going to fight him because he stands against our value system.
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If we make those people the priority, we will win and Donald Trump will be relegated to be a footnote in the dustbin of history.
Ellison will be a perfect Wassermann-like DNC Chair. Like Wassermann, Ellison will continue to say and do one outrageous thing after another.
Here is a Transcript of Ellison’s mercifully short interview with Dickerson:
DICKERSON: One of those auditioning for the job as the new head of the Democratic Party is Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison. He joins us from Minneapolis.
Congressman, what should the new direction for the Democratic Party be?
REP. KEITH ELLISON (D), MINNESOTA: Well, we’ve got to strengthen the grassroots. You know, we got 3,141 counties in many, many cities across this country where Democrats are thriving and working every day. The power needs to be in their hands. We need the make sure the resources are with them and everything else.
We need the prioritize voter turnout. And that doesn’t mean get out the vote at the end of the election. That means 365 day a year engagement relationship building with voters around what their priorities are.
We got to make sure that the Democratic Party is not just Democratic, but seen to be Democratic. That means we got to have systems in place that makes sure that everybody who participates in a primary is perceived to have an equal shot with everybody else. And we out to make sure that —
DICKERSON: It’s —
DICKERSON: Well, no, continue your list.
ELLISON: Well, I mean, there’s a — and we’ve got to also create more collaboration. I mean we have Democrats who hold office in secretaries of state. We — and those folks run the election. We need the stand up for them. City officials, college Dems, organized labor needs to have a whole lot more say so and a lot more respect in the Democratic Party. We’ve got to make sure our veteran, Democratic veterans are strengthened and feel like they are fully included. We have got to just make sure that the — the — the Democratic rank and file really owns the party and feels that it is theirs, that it is fair, and that’s what we’ve got to do.
DICKERSON: The reason I wanted you to finish your list is I noticed Donald Trump wasn’t in it. There are a lot of Democrats who are organizing, planning, and — and setting themselves up as an opposition party to Donald Trump and using that as an organizing principle. That wasn’t in your — your list. How should Democrats think about Donald Trump? One hundred percent opposed, work with him?
ELLISON: Well, Donald Trump is already proven where he’s going with the thing. I mean there was a political article that — entitled, “why Wall Street is suddenly in love with Donald Trump.” He’s not draining the swamp. He’s filling it up more. And there’s going to be more swamp creatures than ever before. I mean he is — lobbyists and big-time investment bankers, he’s not — he’s not doing what he said he was going to do for average working Americans. And we have got to be there to work with all those folks who may have not voted or even voted for him. They are our natural constituents. But we’ve got to show them that we really care about them, that we respected their voice, and that we are going to be fighting for them tooth and nail.
But I would say to Democrats, we — we should not make Donald Trump the focal point of all of our energy. We need to make the people, the average worker (ph) day American, who — who we are fighting for and make that crystal clear every single day. The reason we did —
DICKERSON: Well —
DICKERSON: Let me ask you, congressman, one of the argument some Democrats make is that Democrats should not normalize. It’s a buzz word you hear constantly. Donald Trump, not treat him as a normal president. What’s your advice to Democrats about that?
ELLISON: Well, we should be authentic. And he’s clearly not normal. He ran on — he talked about jobs and yet he has hurt workers all over this country; in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, and even in Florida. He has undermined workers. He’s hurt small business people and not paid contractors. Yes, it’s a — his level of abuse of working people is extraordinary. And not to mention his racism, misogyny extraordinary, as well. It’s hard to normalize that. and we can never do it.
But I would just say that it’s not about Donald Trump. We are going to — we are going to end — we’re going to fight him because he stands against our value system. But if we make the average American’s needs our priority, people who want to retire, people who want to see their kids go to college, people who want to earn a decent living, people anxious about the plant closing down, moving to another country and selling them back the products that they used to make. If we make those people the priority, we will win and Donald Trump will be relegated to be a footnote in the dustbin of history. That is what we got to do, focus on our people.
DICKERSON: All right. All right, congressmen, thanks so much for being with us.
And we’ll be right back with our panel.
ELLISON: Any time. Thank you