The fallout ensnared an ambitious political upstart known for making inflammatory social-media threats of violence against her partisan opponents—but it wasn’t Rep. Marjorie Taylor Green, R-Ga.
The candidate is Odessa Kelly—a gay, black activist from Nashville who is linked to both the Nation of Islam and the radical group behind Reps. Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez, D-NY; Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.; and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.
Both were included in an Inauguration Day post as part of an apparent joke list of agenda items for the first 100 days of the Biden administration.
Kelly is being supported by Justice Democrats, the group responsible for recruiting and financially backing many of the radical socialist ‘Squad‘ members who already have successfully hijacked their party’s agenda.
In 2018 & 2020, a few out of over 70 Justice Democrat candidates made it through — AOC, Ayanna, Ilhan, Rashida, Cori, Jamaal, Marie. While progressives have made gains, we still have a long way to go.
— Alexandra Rojas (@alexandrasiera) April 5, 2021
“As someone who has spent her life as a public servant and a community organizer, Odessa Kelly is exactly the kind of Democrat we need in Congress,” Justice Democrats executive director Alexandra Rojas said in a recent statement.
Kelly, on the other hand, has expressed a surprising level of intolerance despite—or perhaps because of—her involvement in Music City activism.
“If you vote for Trump, YOU ARE A RACIST!” she posted on Facebook in May 2020.
Her support for Farrakhan, along with her social-media feed, may pose an even bigger political problem for Democrats in Congress than next year’s primary.
If she chooses to continue her challenge against Cooper, it might expose not only the deep philosophical rifts among Democrats, but also the party’s longtime coddling of left-wing extremism.
It also might illustrate Democrats’ double-standard in confronting violence and hate speech under the Trump and Biden administrations, should they choose to follow the same rules they demanded others.
In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 uprising at the Capitol, leftists attempted to blame GOP rhetoric while offering up alarmist claims about the growing threat of “white supremacy.”
Congressional Democrats waged an impeachment do-over against Trump, called for the resignation of hundreds of Republicans who allegedly “incited violence,” and militarized the area surrounding the Capitol building by summoning thousands of National Guard troops.
They also voted, in an unprecedented move, to strip the newly elected Green of her committee assignments over what they construed to be threats of violence against colleagues and support for the QAnon meme/conspiracy theory posted to social media.
But, in reality, Biden’s first 100 days have exposed a much different type of domestic terrorism threat on the rise than what the Left foretold.
Within the past month, headlines bore witness to upticks in Islamic terrorism, mass shootings linked to illegal immigration and a spate of black-on-Asian attacks in police-less urban ‘sanctuary’ cities.
While many of those appeared to be isolated incidents, Friday’s attack by 25-year-old Noah Green on America’s “Temple to Democracy,” the US Capitol, was clearly driven by the teachings of Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.
But scandals involving then-candidate Barack Obama, current Minnesota attorney general Keith Ellison and several founding members of the Women’s March all were quietly downplayed in order to avoid an intersectional reckoning among conflicting leftist identity groups.
That may not be an option with Kelly, under the circumstances.