"I said time and time again that there is a correlation between the Muslims and the homosexual agenda, and we have a couple of fools in the state of Minnesota that are putting a rope around their neck and they just don't realize it," Dean said on a radio. "Here, let me give it to you this way: Keith Ellison is a Muslim."
Dear reasoned that Ellison's support of protections for the LGBT community (like the Matthew Shepard Act) and for same-sex marriage is part of a plot to overthrow the Constitution and put Sharia law in its place.
"Why is he so adamant about overthrowing the Constitution as it is right now? Because if you pay attention to the plow he's planting the seed," Dean said. "He's trying to come through with Sharee [sic] law."
"Does somebody want to talk to the homosexual community in the state of Minnesota and tell them what he is doing?" Dean continued. "Go online, folks! You love the homosexuals so much then why don't you tell them who they've appointed as their chairperson? He's a Muslim!"
"Hello? Why is he after it? Because he wants to bring in Sharee [sic] law through the homosexual agenda!"
"What is Keith up to? I think we have to ask the question, Keith," said Dean. "I'm just asking the gay communities what's up with Keith Ellison because they are so foolish, blind and stupid not to figure out that their vice chair is a Muslim. This is no hidden secret, folks. This is in America. Who is this guy working for?"
A spokesperson for Ellison, who serves as co-chair of the House LGBT Caucus, did not immediately respond to TPM's request for comment.
As the Minnesota Independent points out, Dean and his ministry "have close ties to the Republican Party and GOP elected officials and candidates including former gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Secretary of State and current state Rep. Mary Kiffmeyer, and state Rep. Dan Severson." Rep. Michele Bachmann has also fundraised for the group, the news website said.
Listen to the audio at the Minnesota Independent.