The woman who claims leftist Representative Keith Ellison (shown, D-Minn.) abused her says Democratic Party activists and officials don’t believe her story despite multiple witnesses, another victim of Ellison’s, and at least one piece of documentary evidence.
Yet they do believe the story from Christine Blasey Ford, who claims, with no evidence and a faulty memory, that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh attempted to rape her nearly 40 years ago.
Ellison’s accuser is Karen Monahan, the Muslim politician’s former concubine.
The accusation against Ellison landed in a Facebook post by Monahan’s son Austin. “My brother and I watched our mom come out of pure hell after getting out of her relationship with Keith Ellison,” he wrote. “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.”
But it was more than stress, Austin Monahan wrote:
In the middle of 2017, I was using my mom's 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 “f***ing bitch” and telling her to get the f*** out of his house.
The messages, Monahan wrote, were “mixed with him consistently telling my mom he wanted her back.”
“Narcissist abuse is very difficult to understand,” Monahan said. “It’s the gaslighting, it’s the habitual lying, it’s the making it seem like it was my fault for even asking why something happened.”
As well, she continued, "it was crazy-making. My hair was falling out, I was anemic — narcissist abuse is horrid.”
After one fight, Monahan told the Times, “she was lying down on a bed and listening to a podcast episode when Mr. Ellison asked her to take out the trash. When she did not respond verbally, he grew angry, she said.”
Then “in a profanity-laced tirade, she said he asked her to leave and called her a bad guest. ‘He kept trying to pull me and pull me and pull me off’ the bed, she said. ‘And I just laid dead. Because I was scared.’”
But no one, she says, would listen, including #MeToo Democrats, so she finally released a hospital report that diagnoses anemia and includes Ellison’s name.
On Twitter three days ago, Monahan posted the document with this note to MSNBC: “Here is one of my Dr visits stating the abuse that occurred. It amazes me the measures people have to take for their humanity to be validated.”
After detailing Monahan’s anemia and treatment with iron pills, the doctor wrote about Monahan’s abuse:
She states that she was in a very stressful environment for years, emotional[ly] and physical[ly] abused by partner with whom she is now separated. She did not have any physical injuries that required a physical examination in the past. She identifies the individual she was involved with as congressmen [sic] Ellison, and she is worried about retribution if she identifies him publicly.
The same day, Monahan explained why she has not released the video: “I don’t have to show a video that shows me in a vulnerable position. Did they even think what I may or may not have been wearing?”
"Smeared, Threatened, Isolated"
Monahan tweeted that Democrats don’t care after one of her followers inquired about their reactions: “Democrats say believe women, do they believe you?” the woman asked.
“No, they don’t,” Monahan replied. “I’ve been smeared, threatened, isolated from my own party. I provided medical records from 2017, stating on two different doctor visits, I told them about the abuse and who did it. My therapist released records stating I have been dealing and healing from the abuse.”
Monahan’s account, Ellison’s critics say, is consistent with those of Amy Alexander, another one of the Democratic candidate’s former paramours. The record of a 911 call in 2005 was released when the abuse story broke, and Alexander claims Ellison tried to silence her about the abuse during his run for Congress.
In August when the story broke, after refusing to comment for days, the Democratic National Committee told NPR it was looking into the matter even as Ellison became the party’s candidate to become Minnesota’s chief law-enforcement officer: “These allegations recently came to light and we are reviewing them. All allegations of domestic abuse are disturbing and should be taken seriously.”
A month later, that review, apparently, is not complete. Ellison is the still party’s choice for attorney general.
Photo: Lorie Shaull via flickr