Minnesota Congressman Keith Ellison has been known as sort of a character on the House floor, but this time, the Democrat wasn’t the only character testifying. Ellison, who was advocating for the return of funding to a program that would provide positive outreach in Palestine, brought Sesame Street’s Elmo to Congress to add to his argument.
“I brought a friend to the floor with me today,” Ellison said. “As we all know, this is Elmo. This guy taught us our 1-2-3s, but he also taught us tolerance and understanding. For the past several years, he’s been doing the same thing for children in the Palestinian territories.”
Ellison worries that without positive images provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development, Palestinian children will no longer learn about tolerance and compassion, and will only have characters who teach children extremism.
Watch Ellison (and Elmo) speak on the House floor.
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