Hip hop mogul and major Obama campaign donor Russell Simmons was scolded by the Anti-Defamation League this afternoon after he made "excuses for the polarizing anti-Semitic and racist speech of Louis Farrakhan."
Simmons, who was speaking at a forum in Israel, alleged that ADL leader Abraham Foxman was "alienating blacks," and compared his speech to Farrakhan’s divisive rhetoric.
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Foxman slammed Simmons for the comparison and for leaping to defend Farrakhan from criticism in multiple interviews over the years.
"Shame on Simmons," Foxman declared in a statement.
"We’ve heard this kind of doublespeak before, so it is not surprising to hear Russell Simmons once again making excuses for the polarizing anti-Semitic and racist speech of Louis Farrakhan," Foxman said in a statement. "He’s been doing that for years."
Foxman expressed shock that Simmons—who has emerged at one of Obama’s chief defenders—would be provided such a forum to spread his hate speech.
"What’s disappointing is that someone who has a history of having a blind spot to one of the most vociferous and ugly anti-Semites would be given a platform in Jerusalem," Foxman said. "And what’s outrageous is how divisive and ugly his attack on us was."