So there are really terrible unsubstantiated allegations being made against Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim congressman, and the deputy DNC chair.
A person on Facebook says he discovered video and texts showing a pattern of domestic abuse by Ellison against his mother.
And he’s being called out by a Minnesota state lawmaker:
This post was brought to my attention because I was tagged in this post. Domestic Violence is never ok. The incidents described are troubling. I call on Keith Ellison to answer these allegations.https://t.co/CQ1LSVfZqf— Debra Hilstrom (@debrahilstrom) August 12, 2018
Here’s what the Facebook post says – it’s long:
Please read, if you care about my mother please share.
I love you momma, you wont have to stand alone
Keith Ellison Keith Ellison for Attorney General Jason Sole Shvonne L Johnson Will Moore @Shiranthi Goonathilaka Stephen Davis Kiree Jamar Robinson Kendra Weiland Deanna Casablanca Valentine F Ndi Justin Monahan StarTribune.com Pioneer Press Lindsey Port Erin Maye Quade Debra Hilstrom Matt Pelikan Hosie Thurmond III
My name is Austin Monahan and I am writing this letter on behalf of me and my brother.
My brother and I watched our mom come out of pure hell after getting out of her relationship with Keith Ellison. For several months we knew something wasn’t right and couldn’t figure it out. When we asked our mom if everything was ok, she told us she was dealing with some stress and would be ok.
In the middle of 2017, I was using my moms computer trying to download something and I clicked on a file, I found over 100 text and twitters messages and video almost 2 min long that showed Keith Ellison dragging my mama off the bed by her feet, screaming and calling her a “fucking bitch” and telling her to get the fuck out of his house. The messages I found, were mixed with him consistently telling my mom he wanted her back, he missed her, he knew he fucked up and we wished he could do things different, he would victim shaming, bully her, and threaten her if she went public. I text him and told him I know what you did to my mama and a few other things.
I met up with my mom that night and asked her what happened. She said nothing happened until I told her I saw a video and hell of a lot of messages saying something different. She finally talked. My brother and I were so angry and hurt for our mom. We were ready to go public but our mom begged us not to and she along with others convinced us it wasn’t in our moms best interest.
I saw message after message through out all that time, where my mom was telling him she wasn’t going back to him but still saw his humanity and offered restorative justice. I honestly don’t see how she would offer him that, but thats her choice.
Sitting all this time, watching what our mom went through and not being able to say or do anything was hard as hell. None of you know the hell our family has gone through. I don’t think half of you would even care. We watched her so called political friends stand by say or do nothing. People had an idea what happened and never reached out to my mom. The same people who are posting about social justice are ready to smear my mom, protect a person who abused her and broke the law. You think we give a shit about a politics when we saw what our mom went through? She may not matter to none of you, but she is our mom, our kids grandmother and she is actually someone. There is a lot more he has done to my mom and others that we saw in the text but our mom can decide if and when she wants to tell the world that part.
Whether we saw the video or read all those messages, we still would have believed her if she had told us. #Ibelieveher
My mom has always tried to protect me and my brother. She doesn’t have to protect us anymore and we aren’t letting her stand alone. When we found out our mom was planning on sharing her story, that is all we needed to hear for us to share ours and stand with our mom. You want to smear someone, try to lie about a person who didn’t do shit to deserve the ongoing emotional, physical abuse, smear me and my brother.
I use to believe the Democrats were the ones who would stand by a person who went through this kind of abuse, now I know both Democrats and Republicans could care less when it comes to violence toward women and girls.
I have learned a lot about how patriarchy has shaped me as a 25 year old through all this. I just became a father and I am working on how patriarchy influenced thoughts ad decisions I have made as a young man so I can teach my son better. I am starting today by standing with my mom, my sons grandma. It is not just on women and girls to speak out, it is on men to do some of the emotional work. I’m not here to prove shit to anyone, I’m just stating facts. You can take it or leave it.
Mom, I am sure you are getting contacted about this post. Just know we love you and we are standing by you.
#Ibelieveher #wearemanenough #Timesup
Insane. So I looked up the name associated with this guy, and there’s a woman tweeting under that surname and saying that the allegations are true. It appears to be the mother allegedly abused by Ellison.
I will be breaking my silence & share my story about a person in power who I endured narcissist abuse from,physical, emotional, etc #metoo #timesup @WeAreManEnough @narcopathaware @DoctorRamani @TaranaBurke @Narseexposer @UrbanJusticeDVP @ndvh @PWDVA @WomensLaw @WomenAgnstAbuse— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 8, 2018
She’s been subtweeting about it for a while:
My kids found over a year of text and video of the abuse on my computer. They confronted him in a text. He text me about it & played the victim. No remorse toward what my kids must be feeling. Abuse impacts the whole family. #metoo— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 5, 2018
I have several text telling him I still see his humanity & offered restorative justice & for him to get the help he needs,he declined each time. With so much to loose & the impacts on his own family,I couldn’t understand why he wouldn’t; narcissist don’t believe they need help— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 5, 2018
He blamed me for calling him out on the lie and said I was trying to shame and embarrass him. The next day was the day he physically assaulted me— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 5, 2018
@mattpelikan @debrahilstrom @keithellison what is your position regarding violence toward women? Will you protect women as AG from the those in power? If so, how? What does justice look like to you? #metoo— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) July 30, 2018
These are major allegations and they could completely undo Ellison. But let’s be clear – they’re just allegations right now. There is no absolute evidence. Yet.
I am a survivor of narcissist abuse. I was physically abused, emotional, psychological and sexually manipulated by this man. I am not the first woman he has done this to and I wasn’t the last. I offered him restorative justice several times, he declined. I saved text/videos— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) August 4, 2018
So will he respond?
From the Star Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison on Sunday denied an allegation of domestic violence by an ex-girlfriend after the woman’s son posted about it on Facebook and she confirmed it on Twitter.
“Karen and I were in a relationship which ended in 2016, and I still care deeply for her well-being,” read the statement from Ellison released by his campaign. He is running for attorney general in the DFL primary on Tuesday.
Ellison denied the existence of the video.
“This video does not exist because I never behaved in this way, and any characterization otherwise is false,” Ellison’s statement read.
But, as I said on Twitter, we’re under #MeToo rules which means Ellison needs to resign from like everything yesterday.