In January, Rep. Keith Ellison brought the furry red monster with him to the House floor. The Minnesota Democrat used Elmo as a prop to help illustrate the difference between the smiling “Sesame Street” regular and a character from a controversial Palestinian T.V. program.
Ellison, who declined to comment to ITK about Clash’s resignation, said of Elmo at the time, “As we all know, this is Elmo. This guy taught us our 1,2,3's, but he also taught us tolerance and understanding.”