Over at the Atlantic they are having the vapors over the alt-right.

Isn’t it time we took a look at the alt-left? Well it really isn’t “alt”. It is mainstream.

Let us have a look at a prime exemplar. Keith Ellison who is in the running for DNC Chair.

Keith was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam.

The man poised to head the Democratic Party was a spokesman for the Nation of Islam well into his 30’s who publicly spewed anti-Semitism and later in life as a Congressional candidate knowingly accepted $50,000 in campaign contributions given and raised by Islamic radicals who openly supported Islamic terrorism and were leaders of front groups for Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.

And once in office as a Congressman, Keith Ellison more than hinted that 9/11 was an inside job carried out to create pretext for war against Muslims – a trope often pushed by anti-Semites who claim Israeli or “Mossad” complicity – by comparing 9/11 to the Reichstag Fire, the infamous 1933 arson of the German Parliament building, which the Nazis pinned on Communists and thus used to gain majority control of the government and establish Nazi Germany.

To be clear, Ellison has never genuinely repudiated his past anti-Semitism or his close association with the terror-tied Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) or its co-founder, Nihad Awad, who has publicly supported Islamic terrorism.

The head of the Nation of Islam admits he called the Jewish Religion “a gutter religion”.

According to the Jewish Virtual Library:

The Nation of Islam (NOI), the oldest Black Nationalist organization in the U.S., has maintained a consistent record of racism and anti-Semitism under the guise of instilling African-Americans with a sense of empowerment since its founding in the 1930s.

NOI was founded in Detroit in 1930 by Fard Muhammad, who taught his followers that he was Allah personified. Upon Fard’s disappearance later that decade, his disciple Elijah Muhammad took over and promoted the idea that whites were created by an evil Black scientist and that Blacks are the superior race. Under Elijah Muhammad’s leadership, the NOI attracted a sizeable following and amassed a substantial financial empire.

The group expanded in the 1950s and 1960s when Malcolm X, a charismatic speaker who joined the group in prison, became its spokesman. He denounced the group in 1964 (a year before he was assassinated), but by then NOI’s future leader, Louis Farrakhan, had joined.

By the time Elijah Muhammad died in 1975, the NOI had a large following across the country. His son, Warith Deen Muhammad, inherited the leadership but steered the organization towards toward more traditional Islam. In response, Farrakhan formed a separate group to uphold Elijah Muhammad’s original separatist beliefs, taking many members—and the Nation of Islam name—with him.

Under the guidance of Farrakhan, NOI has used its programs, institutions and publications to disseminate its message of hate. Despite this record, the NOI has been given a measure of legitimacy by some political and media figures.

That “given a measure of legitimacy” is an understatement. If he wins the DNC Chair he will have one of the two major political parties in America supporting him. Not bad for “a measure”.

Keith campaigned for a Hamas supporter in Virginia.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the favorite to take over as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, campaigned in 2009 for a Libya-born activist who once called on Palestinians to embrace “the jihad way” in order to get free of Israeli control.

The activist, Esam Omeish, a former candidate for Virginia state delegate, has also praised one of the founders of Hamas and commended the work of Palestinian suicide bombers.

“We the Muslims of the Washington metropolitan area are here today…to tell our brothers and sisters in [Palestine] that you have learned the way, that you have known that the jihad way is the way to liberate your land,” Omeish told the crowd, which included protesters holding signs equating the Star of David to a Nazi swastika.

Talk about your “alt-left”. I think more than a few of those fellers qualify.

Keith has made a pilgrimage to Mecca that was sponsored by a group affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

The House Ethics Committee opened an investigation into Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.) after he failed to disclose that a group founded by members of the Muslim Brotherhood paid for him to make a pilgrimage to the Islamic holy site of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.

Top Democrats have considered shifting to the left by electing Ellison party chairman, but critics say his previous association with radical groups should disqualify him from the leadership role.

Ellison has associated with the Muslim American Society, a Virginia-based group founded by Muslim Brotherhood members in 1993 to act as the “overt arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in the United States,” according to federal prosecutors in 2007. The United Arab Emirates recently added the group to a list of terrorist organizations.

Well I could go on in this vein for quite some time. But let me close with this thought. If the alt-right is a problem for American culture (it is) then so is the alt-left. And it should be given at least equal scrutiny.