Top adviser to the Dem Senate candidate posted a photo with a religious leader comparing Jews to termites

FIRST ON FOX: A top political advisor to a House Democrat, who is running for Senate in a state that has become a hotbed of anti-Israel activism, attended a conference organized by one of the most notorious anti-Semites in the United States.

The deputy political director of Democratic Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin, Terra Defoe, posted on Facebook in 2017 about her “full week” of “support for the Nation of Islam and the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan” during the Nation of Islam's “Saviours' Day Convention.”

Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, has spoken out about what he thinks of Jews, comparing them to termites and saying they are “satanic” people.

“Had a wonderful time with my brothers at the Day of the Savior Convention,” Defoe said, including the names of some of the Nation of Islam activists she attended with.

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Dept. Representative Elissa Slotkin and Minister Farrakhan (Getty Images)

One of the photos DeFoe posted showed Farrakhan and a smiling Mike Duggan, the Democratic mayor of Detroit who was recently praised by President Biden at the NAACP dinner earlier this month, along with members of Nation of Islam. Duggan has also visited the Biden White House several times.

A spokesperson for Duggan claimed that “the mayor has never attended a Day of the Redeemer event.”

“This was a private meeting. During the meeting, the mayor addressed the issue of anti-Semitic language directly with Secretary Farrakhan,” John Roach, director of media relations for the city of Detroit, told Fox News Digital. “The mayor has made a habit of meeting with a range of political voices, from far-right voices, including several top officials in the Trump administration, to far-left voices, including many activist groups.”

Farrakhan has praised Duggan several times, including at this year's Saviors' Day convention in Detoit, where he thanked him and the deputy mayor for the “wonderful and friendly way you received us.” In 2017, DeFoe read a proclamation from Duggan's office to convention attendees who welcomed the convention “home” to Detroit, according to the Nation of Islam's “Final Call” newsletter.

Defoe's personal website lists multiple political positions she has held, including serving as Detroit Delegation Organizer with the Michigan House Democrats and as a senior advisor to Duggan. She has also worked in ministry and hosted a cable television talk show called “On the Floor” with Dr. Terra DeFoe, which airs in Detroit.

Between July 2023 and March 2024, DeFoe received nearly $60,000 from Slotkin's campaign for a range of payments, including salary, stipends and allowances, according to FEC records reviewed by Fox News Digital. The March 2024 payouts are from the most current public records, so the amount will likely be higher when the July report is released.

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Farrakhan DeFoe

Photo of Terra DeFoe next to Farrakhan posted to her Facebook page in 2017 (Facebook/Screenshot – Terra DeFoe)

In 2019, two years after DeFoe attended the Nation of Islam convention, she invited Troy Muhammad to her talk show. Muhammad, who serves as 'state representative for Minister Louis Farrakhan and Minister of Muhammad Mosque No. 1” and was pictured in DeFoe’s 2017 Facebook post, was described by DeFoe in the introduction as a “esteemed community leader in Detroit.” The interview, which lasted nine minutes, according to an archived copydid not include questions about Farrakhan's controversial anti-Semitic comments.

“Elissa Slotkin is running to the radical anti-Semitic fringes of the Democratic Party to win her primary campaign against Hill Harper,” a national Republican strategist told Fox News Digital.

Farrakhan has compared the Jewish people to termites, praised Hitler as a “great man” and has become one of the most controversial religious figures in the United States due to his derogatory comments about Israel.

Since taking charge of the Nation of Islam in the late 1970s, Farrakhan has been accused of anti-Semitism and homophobia for his comments and sermons.

Farrakhan has blamed Jews for the slave trade, Jim Crow and black oppression in general, among other things.

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin

U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich., speaks with members of the United Auto Workers and others during a rally following a march in the Detroit Labor Day Parade (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

During a speech in Chicago in 1996, Farrakhan denounced Jews as “the synagogue of Satan.”

“Louis Farrakhan is an unapologetic Jew-hater who has used his very public platform to spread disgusting anti-Semitic stereotypes, while at the same time recruiting and developing a veritable army of followers who have been indoctrinated into the cult of hatred toward Jews and marginalized communities,” Brooke said Goldstein. human rights attorney and executive director of The Lawfare Project, told Fox News Digital earlier this year.

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“Farrakhan, whose support and appreciation for Islamic regimes like Iran that deprive their own citizens of basic human rights while exporting global terrorism, has spread vitriol by accusing Jews of, among other things, trying to manipulate and exploit black people. “

Slotkin, who is Jewish, did pronounced against the violence that has unfolded on college campuses as part of the anti-Israel protests and called on universities to do more to protect students from anti-Semitism.

Fox News Digital reached out to Slotkin's office and campaign but did not receive a response.

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