By: Brian Evans

On August 11, 2018, a post by Austin Monahan recounts when Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), and candidate for Attorney General, used violence towards a woman he was dating, and when he called her vile and despicable names. It was unearthed by her son Austin, when he says he came across text and Twitter comments. He wrote

Please read, if you care about my mother please share.

I love you momma, you wont have to stand alone

My name is Austin Monahan and I am writing this letter on behalf of me and my brother.

My brother and I watched our mom come out of pure hell after getting out of her relationship with Keith Ellison. 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.

In the middle of 2017, I was using my moms 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 “fucking bitch” and telling her to get the fuck out of his house. The messages I found, were mixed with him consistently telling my mom he wanted her back, he missed her, he knew he fucked up and we wished he could do things different, he would victim shaming, bully her, and threaten her if she went public. I text him and told him I know what you did to my mama and a few other things.

I met up with my mom that night and asked her what happened. She said nothing happened until I told her I saw a video and hell of a lot of messages saying something different. She finally talked. My brother and I were so angry and hurt for our mom. We were ready to go public but our mom begged us not to and she along with others convinced us it wasn’t in our moms best interest.

I saw message after message through out all that time, where my mom was telling him she wasn’t going back to him but still saw his humanity and offered restorative justice. I honestly don’t see how she would offer him that, but thats her choice.

Sitting all this time, watching what our mom went through and not being able to say or do anything was hard as hell. None of you know the hell our family has gone through. I don’t think half of you would even care. We watched her so called political friends stand by say or do nothing. People had an idea what happened and never reached out to my mom. The same people who are posting about social justice are ready to smear my mom, protect a person who abused her and broke the law. You think we give a shit about a politics when we saw what our mom went through? She may not matter to none of you, but she is our mom, our kids grandmother and she is actually someone. There is a lot more he has done to my mom and others that we saw in the text but our mom can decide if and when she wants to tell the world that part.

Whether we saw the video or read all those messages, we still would have believed her if she had told us. #Ibelieveher

My mom has always tried to protect me and my brother. She doesn’t have to protect us anymore and we aren’t letting her stand alone. When we found out our mom was planning on sharing her story, that is all we needed to hear for us to share ours and stand with our mom. You want to smear someone, try to lie about a person who didn’t do shit to deserve the ongoing emotional, physical abuse, smear me and my brother.

I use to believe the Democrats were the ones who would stand by a person who went through this kind of abuse, now I know both Democrats and Republicans could care less when it comes to violence toward women and girls.

I have learned a lot about how patriarchy has shaped me as a 25 year old through all this. I just became a father and I am working on how patriarchy influenced thoughts ad decisions I have made as a young man so I can teach my son better. I am starting today by standing with my mom, my sons grandma. It is not just on women and girls to speak out, it is on men to do some of the emotional work. I’m not here to prove shit to anyone, I’m just stating facts. You can take it or leave it.


Mom, I am sure you are getting contacted about this post. Just know we love you and we are standing by you.

Austin Monahan

Austin came out with his story, apparently when his mother came out with her story on Thursday, when she tweeted…

Karen Monahan also posted one of his responses to her, and apparently he tries to victim shame her…

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DNC Deputy Chairman Keith Ellison responded to the shocking abuse allegations on Sunday afternoon and said…

But Karen Monahan has responded to Ellison, and said that she is standing with her son and says the allegations are absolutely true. Furthermore, Karen Monahan claims she has videos, recordings, and messages to prove her story. She 

You have been talking about running for US Senate for a while now Keith. Climbing the ladder is something you have always had your eye on. You discuss protecting women, yet you say nothing about domestic abuse. Protecting women means living those values in your private life.

Karen Monahan

As the fallout has begun, even Democrats are voicing their concerns over the revelations. State Rep. Debra Hilstrom (D-Brooklyn Center) has been quick to call on Ellison to “answer these allegations.”

This post was brought to my attention because I was tagged in this post. Domestic Violence is never ok. The incidents described are troubling. I call on Keith Ellison to answer these allegations. 

Candidate for Attorney general of Minnesota Matt Pelikan also reacted to the story, calling the allegations “extremely troubling.”

Matt Pelikan@mattpelikan

Last night allegations against Congressman Keith Ellison were made public. The allegations are extremely troubling. We all deserve a prompt, transparent, and thorough response from Keith and I ask him to respond without delay.

6:15 AM – Aug 12, 2018

Apparently time will reveal the truth, but if Karen is able to provide the evidence that she claims she has, it could have devastating consequences for one of the leaders of the Democrat National Committee, and one of the most outspoken proponents behind the “Mee-Too” movement. Until then, America will have to wait.