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 PocanHouse Democrats delete tweets attacking each other, pledge to unify The Hill's Morning Report - Trump seizes House impeachment vote to rally GOP Here are the 95 Democrats who voted to support impeachment MORE (D-Wis.) and Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpTrump campaign selling branded plastic straws as alternative to 'liberal paper straws' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question Trump set to host controversial social media summit MORE on Sunday sparred over Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups 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 MeeksOcasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud New York Democrat on Ocasio-Cortez, other progressives: 'Primaries go two ways' The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question 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.