Trump Jr., Dem congressman spar over Ellison's association with Farrakhan

Trump Jr., Dem congressman spar over Ellison's association with Farrakhan
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Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanAppeals court rules House chaplain can reject secular prayers Dems counter portrait of discord Divided Dems look to regroup MORE (D-Wis.) and Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpNadler: I don't understand why Mueller didn't charge Donald Trump Jr., others in Trump Tower meeting Impeachment? Not so fast without missing element of criminal intent House Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report MORE on Sunday sparred over Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice Ellison18 state attorneys general call on Justice Dept to release Mueller report Keith Ellison: Evidence points to Trump being 'sympathetic' to white nationalist point of view Trump: Media 'working overtime to blame me' for New Zealand attack MORE's (D-Minn.) association with Louis Farrakhan. 

"Is it that he's black or that he's Muslim that makes you hate/fear him so much?" Pocan asked Trump Jr. on Twitter after he posted a February report from The Daily Caller that Reps. Ellison, André Carson (D-Ind.) and Gregory MeeksGregory Weldon MeeksTreasury expected to miss Dem deadline on Trump tax returns Congress should look into its own taxes and travel, not just Trump's Liberals infuriated by pro-incumbent House Dem policy MORE (D-N.Y.) met with Farrakhan in 2013. 

A spokesman for Pocan, Ron Boehmer, told The Hill that the congressman was referring to Ellison.

Ellison was featured in the photo of the article Trump retweeted, however Trump referred specifically to Farrakhan in the initial tweet. 

Trump fired back, saying, "No - The reason I dislike Louis Farrakhan is because he is a raging anti-Semite & racist. You should be ashamed of yourself for defending him."

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Farrakhan has been fighting accusations of anti-Semitism since the early 2000s.

Earlier this year, Twitter removed his verification status for posting a video in which he called Jewish people "Satanic."

Trump added Sunday, "Lucky for you, you're a Democratic Congressman, so the media will of course ignore your apparent support of an open anti-Semite."

Some members of the media have hammered Democrats who have associated with Farrakhan. 

CNN's Jake Tapper elicited a passionate reaction from Ellison in an interview in June when he pressed him about his association with Farrakhan.

In March, The Washington Post gave Ellison "Four Pinocchios" for his claim that he had no relationship with Farrakhan.

Ellison is running for attorney general in Minnesota, and will face Doug Wardlow (R) in November.