Celebrated Muslim, Keith Ellison, Accused Of Domestic Abuse

By: K. Walker
ClashDaily Associate Editor

This. Is. Damning. Here’s the 411…

Karen Monahan, an ex-girlfriend of former Minnesota Congressman, Keith Ellison, has accused him of domestic abuse.

Ellison and Monahan were in a long-term relationship that ended in 2016.

The first hint of scandal came on Saturday evening when one of her sons posted a lengthy message on Facebook stating that when he was using her computer, he saw hundreds of text messages between his mom and Ellison — many of which were ‘angry’ and ‘threatening’. He also wrote that he saw a video of Ellison pulling Monahan from the bed by her leg and yelling obscenities at her.

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In the middle of 2017, I was using my moms computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file, I found over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a “fucking bitch” and telling her to get the fuck out of his house. The messages I found, were mixed with him consistently telling my mom he wanted her back, he missed her, he knew he fucked up and we wished he could do things different, he would victim shaming, bully her, and threaten her if she went public. I text him and told him I know what you did to my mama and a few other things. 
I met up with my mom that night and asked her what happened. She said nothing happened until I told her I saw a video and hell of a lot of messages saying something different. She finally talked. My brother and I were so angry and hurt for our mom. We were ready to go public but our mom begged us not to and she along with others convinced us it wasn’t in our moms best interest.

These folks are in no way supporters of the GOP.

But now, they’re disillusioned.

Where are they going to turn in November?

Or worse, 2020?

Intersectional politics broke them.

I use to believe the Democrats were the ones who would stand by a person who went through this kind of abuse, now I know both Democrats and Republicans could care less when it comes to violence toward women and girls.

I have learned a lot about how patriarchy has shaped me as a 25 year old through all this. I just became a father and I am working on how patriarchy influenced thoughts ad decisions I have made as a young man so I can teach my son better. I am starting today by standing with my mom, my sons grandma. It is not just on women and girls to speak out, it is on men to do some of the emotional work. I’m not here to prove shit to anyone, I’m just stating facts. You can take it or leave it.
#Iammanenough

Source: Austin Aslin Monahan

This led to Karen Monahan posting on Twitter that the allegations were true. Monahan, a community organizer,  issued her own even lengthier statement.

Of course, being a lefty activist, she couldn’t keep that intersectional and anti-American crap out of her statement.

Violence is an American tradition. It has been part of the American story since colonization. These violent acts continue from generation to generation. Racial violence, violence toward women and children are still prominent in today’s society. Racism and Patriarchy are two oppressive systems the US was colonized on and they breed violence to this day…

Looks like Monahan didn’t get the memo that there are lots of women in America that don’t actually think that they’re oppressed.

Could it be that she was dating a guy whose religion is perpetuating the worst forms of misogyny on the planet?

Ellison has maintained that he is Muslim, but has said that he disavowed the Nation of Islam and Louis Farrakhan in 2006, despite Farrakhan claiming to have had a meeting with him in 2015.

Monahan explains that while she was in the relationship, she had a dramatic decline in both her physical as well as her mental health, and suffered from ‘full-blown PTSD’ due to what she calls ‘narcissist abuse’.

She has come out lately describing herself as a #MeToo victim and an abuse survivor.

Monahan says that Ellison was unfaithful, manipulative, and controlling. She also claims that Ellison made her think that the abuse was her fault or a figment of her imagination.

Throughout the relationship he would say and do things and then gaslight me when I would ask what was going on.. He would make me think I was crazy for suspecting things I had heard or had seen. Come to find out, everything that I would bring up was actually true. The more I would see and hear things, the more I would bring it up. The anger and rage were ramping up. He would say and do things to manipulate me, so I wouldn’t bring certain issue up. A few examples of using power and control, cancel trips, tell me to move on a regular basis and would tell me I made him do it because I wouldn’t stop arguing. Basically, the things I would hear and suspect, which were true, I wasn’t allowed to mention or I would deal with some ramification It got worse as time went on.. The pathological lying, cheating, smearing my name and seeking validation and sympathy from the various females he was preying on, kept getting more and more frequent. He would word certain text where he there was plausible deniability but with everything else, it was so clear. After the relationship, others confirmed various things I was suspect to. That is part of the crazy making with narcissist abuse. 

Monahan said that she had mentioned to Ellison that she was planning on writing about her experience in a memoir, but he threatened and intimidated her, so she backed down.

But now, she’s living her ‘authentic life’ by coming forward. She’s also railing against the patriarchy.

Part of living an authentic life and taking back your freedom, means breaking your silence, if that is what feels right for you. I made a vow to my kids and my grandkids that I would do what was in my power to leave a better world for them. They are who I owe my loyalty to first. I don’t want them to inherit the pain and violence patriarchy breeds to individuals and the collective. No amount of victim shaming, smearing, etc. can hurt as bad as living a life of fear, shame and secrecy.

This issue impacts all of us. Little girls and boys are still getting the message this behavior is ok. They watch this happen at home and internalize the messages we send to them. This is an American issue. Our boys and men are hurting due to patriarchy, and hurt people, hurt people. You don’t do anyone any favors by minimizing or protecting abuse. Holding a person up to a standard they deserve for themselves, is love with justice. Dismissing their humanity isn’t the answer either. Creating a safe space and resources to help our boys and men to find their individual and collective humanity, from the same oppressive systems, is part of rooting out patriarchy. The oppressor and the ones who are oppressed, are often bound by the same oppressive system. It impacts each differently but it still erodes all humanity. But this can be the generation that changes it for the next. We all have to decide what part of history we want to be on.

Source: NBC KARE 11

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Ellison has denied the claims.

Ellison denied the allegation of physical abuse. A spokesman for his campaign also denied the congressman had sent threatening text messages.

“Karen and I were in a long-term relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being,” Ellison said in a statement. “This video does not exist because I have never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false.”

Minnesota Public Radio News reported Sunday that it reviewed more than 100 text and Twitter messages between Ellison and Monahan that showed the two communicating over months after their breakup, including coordinating her getting her things from his house. MPR said the tenor was sometimes friendly, sometimes combative. MPR said in one message, Monahan told Ellison she planned to write about their “journey” and Ellison warned her not to, calling it a “horrible attack on my privacy, unreal.”

The allegations of abuse come at a rather inconvenient time for Ellison. He has decided to step down from Congress in order to run for the now-open position of Attorney General of Minnesota.

Ellison, who is divorced, is a six-term congressman and a leader within the Democratic Party. He became deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee last year after falling just short of the top job. He announced this summer he would leave Congress after six terms representing the Minneapolis area and run for the state’s open attorney general’s office.

With a huge fundraising advantage and star power over his opponents — including a visit from Vermont Sen. and 2016 presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — Ellison was considered the heavy favorite heading into Tuesday’s primary.

Ellison’s Democratic opponents pounced on the allegations. State Rep. Debra Hilstrom circulated the initial Facebook post Saturday night, calling the allegations “troubling.” Tom Foley, a former county attorney, called on any video or messages to be turned over to law enforcement for an “immediate investigation.”

Source: CBS News

So, what do you think?

It’s a lot of He Said/She Said kind of stuff.

But do you think there might be merit in what she is claiming?

In my humble opinion, they both sound pretty awful.

That doesn’t excuse abusive behavior, however.

Though there are questions why this was all revealed through social media just days before the vote when a police report could have been filed.

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