Bill Clinton slammed for sharing stage with Louis Farrakhan at Aretha Franklin funeral

September 2, 2018 GMT

Former President Bill Clinton came under criticism Sunday for sharing the stage with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan in the front row at singer Aretha Franklins funeral.

Harvard Law School professor emeritus Alan Dershowitz said Mr. Clinton should have refused to take the stage rather than share a row with Mr. Farrakhan. The two were separated by the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.

I know there was a relationship 30 years earlier between Louis Farrakhan and Aretha Franklin, Mr. Dershowitz said on Fox Friends. I dont know if that relationship continued, or whether the family invited him, but I think any president should have said, No. If you want me on the stage, you cant have a bigot like Farrakhan sitting next to me.

Mr. Farrakhan, who has been photographed with then-Sen. Barack Obama and met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, said earlier this year at his organizations Saviours Day event that powerful Jews are my enemy and white folks are going down.


You just cant mainstream and allow legitimacy to a man who has expressed the kind of hateful views hes expressed of Jews, of white people, of gays, said Mr. Dershowitz.

Most of the criticism came from the right. TurningPoint USAs Charlie Kirk called the appearance a disgrace, while Los Angeles radio talk-show host Larry Elder criticized the lack of media coverage.

Let me get this straight. Accused of “racism,” @RepDeSantis is pressured to issue a “clarification” for using, as many do, the word “monkey” as a verb. But @BillClinton shakes hands and chats with Louis Farrakhan, the country’s most prominent anti-Semitic=NOT A PROBLEM?!? Larry Elder (@larryelder) September 1, 2018

Meanwhile, ABC and MSNBC came under fire for cropping Mr. Farrakhan out of photos posted on Twitter.

ICYMI== POOF HE’S GONE! MSNBC and ABC crop out Louis Farrakhan from Aretha Franklin funeral photo Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 1, 2018

Mr. Dershowitz said sitting next to Mr. Farrakhan, known for his anti-Semitic statements, would be akin to sitting next to a white supremacist like David Duke.

Would you sit next to David Duke if he had been invited to a funeral of some white singer somewhere in the United States? said Mr. Dershowitz. Of course the answer would be no, and Farrakhan is very bit as bad as Duke. In fact he has a larger following.

Mr. Dershowitz pointed out that Mr. Farrakhan has criticized former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a wicked woman and compared her to Hitler.

Bigotry should know no toleration at all, said Mr. Dershowitz. Im hoping to hear a good explanation from President Clinton. President Clintons a good man. I cant imagine him being happy sitting next to a man whos called his wife a wicked woman and compared her to Hitler.