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 PocanGOP senator rips into Pelosi at Trump rally: 'It must suck to be that dumb' House progressives to push for floor amendments on Pelosi drug price bill How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE (D-Wis.) and Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpKhizr Khan: Trump family 'has no idea what service and sacrifice is' Hillicon Valley: Facebook to remove mentions of potential whistleblower's name | House Dems demand FCC action over leak of location data | Dem presses regulators to secure health care data Facebook, YouTube to remove 'any and all' mention of potential whistleblower's name MORE on Sunday sparred over Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonJudge threatens to put prison officials in same uncooled cells as inmates Minnesota students file federal lawsuit against school district alleging 'deliberate indifference' to racist incidents Former Sanders aides launch consulting firm 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 MeeksCNN: Biden likened Clinton impeachment to 'partisan lynching' in 1998 House Democrat urges anti-Trump resistance within administration to come 'out of the shadows' Ten notable Democrats who do not favor impeachment 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.