Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has “nothing” to say about domestic abuse allegations against one of his closest political allies, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison.
Ellison, the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), is accused of physically and emotionally abusing his ex-girlfriend, Sierra Club activist Karen Monahan.
“Nope, nothing. You’ll excuse me, I’ve got to get going,” Sanders told The Washington Post on Thursday when asked if he has anything to say about the Ellison allegations.
Ellison won the party’s nomination for Minnesota attorney general Tuesday despite Monahan’s allegations, which he has repeatedly denied. Sanders campaigned for Ellison in Minnesota in July. (RELATED: Keith Ellison To Ex-Girlfriend: ‘We Don’t Have To Destroy About Each Other’)
Ellison was a strong supporter of Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign and was the second congressman to endorse the socialist senator, who is technically an independent, but caucuses with Democrats in Congress.
The DNC said it’s “reviewing” the allegations against Ellison but has otherwise been hesitant to comment on the issue.
Democratic Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were similarly noncommittal when the Post asked about the Ellison allegations Thursday. Both senators deferred to the DNC’s investigation.
“I know that the DNC is investigating it, so we’ll see and let that run its course,” Harris said. “I think that’s appropriate to look into it,” McCaskill said.
Monahan claims to have a video of Ellison dragging her off of a bed and yelling expletives at her, although she has yet to produce it and Ellison says it doesn’t exist.
Monahan’s son Austin first aired the allegations against Ellison on Saturday and claimed to have witnessed the video in question.
“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,” Austin wrote in a viral Facebook post.
“Sitting all this time, watching what our mom went through and not being able to say or do anything was hard as hell. None of you know the hell our family has gone through. I don’t think half of you would even care,” Austin added.
“We watched her so called political friends stand by say or do nothing. People had an idea what happened and never reached out to my mom. The same people who are posting about social justice are ready to smear my mom, protect a person who abused her and broke the law.”
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