Controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan turned heads last Sunday during his annual Saviour’s Day address when he gave praise to GOP presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. Farrakhan, who did not endorse the business mogul, made his comments supporting Trump’s decision not to accept campaign donations from potential Jewish supporters, Politico reports.
Farrakhan was in Chicago at the NOI’s Mosque Maryam in Chicago last Sunday for part two of of his speech. In this appearance, Farrakhan turned heads with his glowing words for Trump despite recent reports that connect the Republican Party primaries front runner to former Ku Klux Klan leader, David Duke:
Trump “is the only member who has stood in front of the Jewish community and said ‘I don’t want your money,’” Farrakhan said in a sermon he delivered this week. “Any time a man can say to those who control the politics of America, ‘I don’t want your money,’ that means you can’t control me. And they can’t afford to give up control of the presidents of the United States.”
Despite his commendation for the billionaire businessman, Farrakhan did not endorse him. “Not that I’m for Mr. Trump,” he added, “but I like what I’m looking at.”
Farrakhan also called Jews the “Synagogue of Satan,” according to the Anti-Defamation League, which monitors anti-Semitic statements.
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also reported on Farrakhan’s comments, stating their usual position that the leader’s anti-Semitic stances are on display at the annual event.
Despite Trump’s successes of late in the polls and Super Tuesday primaries, he is still under fire for not denouncing his connection with the KKK. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell both called out Trump for his inaction regarding Duke and the KKK.
Trump’s father, real estate developer Fred Trump was recently revealed to be connected to the KKK as a result of a 1927 arrest at a Queens, New York Klan rally, the Washington Post reports. Trump initially claimed to not know anything of his father’s arrest at the rally.