Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has once again provoked controversy by comparing Jews to termites and calling Jewish people stupid in a speech he gave earlier this week at an event marking the 23rd anniversary of the so-called “Million Man March” in Washington, DC in 1995.
“White people don’t like Farrakhan,” he said in his speech at the event on Sunday, a clip of which was posted on his Twitter account on Wednesday.
“To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet because of your fear of what we represent,” he continued.
Farrakhan was referring to the strong reaction to antisemitic comments he made in a speech in May this year when he talked of “Satanic Jews who have infected the whole world with poison and deceit.”
“I can go anywhere in the world and they’ve heard of Farrakhan,” he continued. “Thank you very much.”
“I’m not mad at you because you’re so stupid,” he continued, apparently still addressing Jews.
“So when they talk about Farrakhan, call me a hater, you [know] what they do, call me an antisemite. Stop it, I’m anti-termite,” he said to laughter and applause around the audience. “I don’t know nothing about hating somebody because of their religious preference.”
Farrakhan has a long history of antisemitism, and made another hateful speech in February this year when he said that Jews control the US government as well as Mexico, Ukraine, France, Poland and Germany.
He also said, “When you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.” He also claimed that Jewish people are the ones responsible for “degenerate behavior in Hollywood turning men into women and women into men,” and that Jews are “the mother and father of apartheid.”
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US president Bill Clinton and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, condemned Farrakhan on Twitter, saying that “comparing Jews to termites is antisemitic, wrong and dangerous.”
She added that the “responsive laughter makes my skin crawl” and that for anyone who “rightly condemned President Trump’s rhetoric when he spoke about immigrants ‘infesting our country,’ this rhetoric should be equally unacceptable to you.”