During his presidential campaign, Barack Obama fielded questions about his connections to Louis Farrakhan, a black activist known for calling Judaism a “dirty religion” and white people a “race of devils” and saying Hitler was a “very great man.” A photo of a smiling Obama standing with the Nation of Islam leader has been releasedafter more than a decade.
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Where was the photo taken?
Journalist Askia Muhammad captured the image at a mid-2005 Congressional Black Caucus. He believed it would be a significant photo that could alter Obama’s political career and perhaps dash his presidential hopes. The CBC contacted Muhammad “in a sort of a panic,” he told Talking Points Memo, and he gave the photo to Farrakhan’s chief of staff.
Why is the photo being released now?
The image will be in Muhammad’s new book launching on Jan. 31: “The Autobiography of Charles 67X.”
“I gave the picture up at the time and basically swore secrecy,” Muhammad told the Trice Edney News Wire last week. “But after the nomination was secured and all the way up until the inauguration; then for eight years after he was president, it was kept under cover.”
He said the photo “absolutely” would have made a difference in the 2008 election.
Glenn compared Obama’s denial of a connection to Farrakhan to when now-President Donald Trump was under fire during his campaign because white supremacist leader David Duke supported him. Why did the media accept Obama’s response to Farrakhan but not Trump’s response to Duke?
“That was the exact excuse,” Glenn said. “Did the media accept that?”