Rep. Andre Carson (D., Ind.) acknowledged meeting in the past with radical Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, saying Friday he personally condemned any form of discrimination while not singling out Farrakhan personally.
Farrakhan is known for his outspoken anti-Semitic, anti-white and homophobic views. His connections with prominent figures on the left, such as Democratic National Committee deputy chair Keith Ellison (D., Minn.), and Women's March organizer Tamika Mallory, have led to calls for them to condemn his hateful language.
The Republican Jewish Coalition has called for the resignation of Ellison, Carson and five other House Democrats because of their past meetings with Farrakhan.
Fox59 anchor Angela Ganote asked Carson to address the controversy and the RJC's call for him to step down.
"That organization doesn’t have any credibility with me. I know they have a political agenda," Carson responded. "The Congressional Black Caucus is asking that organization to condemn Benjamin Netanyahu and the government for discriminating against Africans who are migrating, who are fleeing dictatorships, who are fleeing oppression. There’s a great deal of bigotry and racism happening right now that they failed to condemn."
Carson, a Muslim, said his record shown he had spoken out against anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia and "all of the phobias."
"I've met with him as the other members of the Congressional Black Caucus have met with him, talking about anti-crime efforts, discrimination against women, and those kinds of things, but I condemn any form of discrimination, and I've been consistent," Carson said.
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