Keith Ellison, former Democrat National Committee vice chairman and current Minnesota attorney general, said he does not want police officers to respond to rape calls. The shocking policy suggestion occurred during a Zoom conversation featuring Ellison and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to discuss racism and police reforms. The dialogue was moderated by White House correspondent for “PBS NewsHour” Yamiche Alcindor.
Ellison stated: “If you’re a woman who’s been a victim of a sexual assault, and the assailant ran away, wouldn’t you rather talk to somebody who is trained in helping you deal with what you’re dealing with, as opossed to somebody whose main training is that they know how to use a firearm? Right?”
In a tweet one user was appalled by the attorney general’s disregard for police officer capabilities, writing, “How is this guy an AG? Doesn’t he know they have special units trained to deal with sexual assault victims. What an insult – ‘their main training is how to use a weapon.’ Yes, help the victim, but catch the perp! Good grief.”
GOP rapid response director Steve Guest tweeted his prediction should Ellison and the radical left win in November, “This is Joe Biden’s Democrat Party and a reminder that you won’t be safe in Joe Biden’s America.”
A rape survivor responded to Guest’s tweet explaining, “Having been raped, I didn’t feel safe until I knew that the perpetrators were caught and was grateful for the police. Also, it was the police who directed me to community resources to help with the trauma and therapeutic resolutions. The ignorance of this man is insulting.”
Having been raped, I didn't feel safe until I knew that the perpetrators were caught and was grateful for the police. Also, it was the police who directed me to community resources to help with the trauma and therapeutic resolutions. The ignorance of this man is insulting.
— TheGreatMa'ambino (@thegr8maambino) July 20, 2020
Ellison’s desire to no longer allow police to respond to rape calls is shared by many on the left and its “defund the police” movement. A recent article by Moria Donegan in The Guardian is titled, “Who will protect you from rape without police?’ Here’s my answer to that question.” Donegan’s conclusion in the piece is, “As feminists, we must recognize that the police are more likely to hurt women than to help us.”
Ellison’s disregard for victims of violence is especially troubling given his personal history. In 2006 and 2018, Ellison was accused of physical and verbal abuse by former girlfriends. Amy Louise Alexander, who says she had an affair with Ellison while he was married to Kim Ellison, alleges the former congressman grabbed and pushed her during an argument. Ellison denies having a sexual relationship with Alexander.
In 2018, while he was campaigning to be Minnesota’s attorney general, the top legal officer of the state, more disturbing accusations of abuse surfaced. This time, former girlfriend Karen Monahan released a statement to local affiliate Fox 9. In the bombshell statement, Monahan painted a picture of a long-term relationship with Ellison that was so emotionally and physically abusive it led to Monahan acquiring a case of “complex PTSD.”
Monahan’s statement included disturbing descriptions of the abuse she says she endured. It is worth noting that this abuse allegedly occurred while Ellison was a U.S. congressman:
One night I confronted him very calm about a lie he had just told me straight to my face (sic). What happened next was a rage that I had never witnessed to that magnitude. He was becoming a person I had never seen before. The next morning, he came into the room I was sleeping in. I was laying across the bed with my headphones on, listening to podcast on my phone. He said he was about to leave town for the weekend and told me to take the trash out (sic). Given the explosive outrage that occurred the night before, I just should shook my head yes. I didn’t look up at him or saying anything (sic). That is when he tried to drag me off the bed by my legs and feet, screaming ‘b-tch you answer when I am talking to you. I said take out the trash, you’re a bad guest’ (even though we were living in the same place) (sic). He kept trying to drag me off the bed, telling me to get the f-ck out of his house, over and over. I froze. He had to leave and get on the plane. He knocked the shoe off my foot and told me I better be gone when he gets back (which was in two days).
Because of the explosive nature and timing of the accusations, Minnesota’s Democrat Party was forced to launch an investigation into the allegation. They appointed a local attorney who had links to the state party. Unsurprisingly, the attorney hired by the Democrat Party found Monahan’s abuse claim unsubstantiated. Ellison went on to become Minnesota’s first black and first Muslim AG.
Ironically, Monahan’s allegations coincided with the infamous Brett Kavanaugh investigations. Even though Justice Kavanaugh’s accuser presented zero evidence and he was ultimately exonerated, his reputation has suffered greatly from the accusation in a high-profile, high-stakes Supreme Court confirmation hearing.
Donald Trump Jr. pointed out the hypocrisy of the media’s portrayal of Kavanaugh and Ellison, whose accuser even presented medical records bolstering her claim: “Interesting how quiet the left/media (redundant I know) is on this given that there seems to be ACTUAL EVIDENCE that something happened here. Why the double standard? U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison’s ex-girlfriend posts medical record alleging abuse.”
Interesting how quiet the left/media (redundant I know) is on this given that there seems to be ACTUAL EVIDENCE that something happened here. Why the double standard?
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison's ex-girlfriend posts medical record alleging abuse https://t.co/qXGOzewf0j
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) September 24, 2018
This all questions whether Ellison can be considered a credible and unbiased voice on the issue of violence against women. Since Democrats vehemently maintain that accusers should be believed regardless of evidence, by their standards Ellison has an insurmountable conflict of interest.