When former President Bill Clinton appeared with Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan in August, Farrakhan had not yet posted his infamous tweet comparing Jews to termites – but, Farrakhan already had a long history of making anti-Semitic public statements.
“I’m not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite,” Farrakhan posted on Twitter on Oct. 16, 2018, attaching video of his comments made during a speech. After public backlash, the video was removed from YouTube and Facebook – but, Twitter defended and refused to pull the post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency reports. The video remains posted on the Nation of Islam website.
Back on August 31, 2018, Clinton appeared with Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, and Al Sharpton at the funeral of singer Aretha Franklin – long after Farrakhan had earned a reputation for anti-Semitic rhetoric. He even called on then-President Clinton to “Stop bowing down” to Jews.
Inflammatory anti-Semitic remarks documented by the Jewish Virtual Library and the Anti-Defamation League date back to at least 1998 and include Farrakhan calling Jews “Satanic” and suggesting the Holocaust was self-inflicted because they were “so bad at politics”:
- "Don't be afraid of the Zionists. Don't be afraid of their power, Mr. Clinton. Stop bowing down." - Speech at Howard University, Washington DC, 10/16/98
- “Satanic Jews have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.” - Sermon, 5/27/18
- “Powerful Jews are my enemy.” - Saviour’s Day Speech, 2/25/18
- "The Jews have been so bad at politics they lost half their population in the Holocaust. They thought they could trust in Hitler, and they helped him get the Third Reich on the road." - Saviours' Day Speech, Chicago, 2/22/98