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Donald Trump tweets about Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison

The president appears to be referring to Ellison's appearance on This Week in 2015.
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One of President Donald Trump's Wednesday morning tweets name-checked the Minnesota's 5th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison.

The president made a comment on the race for the chair of the Democratic National Committee – a race in which Ellison is one of the leading contenders.

Here is Trump's tweet:

About 90 minutes later, Rep. Ellison responded with a pointed message to the president.

Did Ellison say Trump would win?

Now "predicted early I would win" doesn't mean Ellison predicted Trump's election victory. But consensus among national media is that Trump is referring to an appearance Ellison made on ABC's This Week back in July 2015 (which you can watch below) in which he said Trump could win the Republican nomination.

"Anybody from the Democratic side of the fence who’s terrified of the possibility of President Trump better vote, better get active, better get involved, because this man has got some momentum and we better be ready for the fact that he might be leading the Republican ticket," he said.

The response was laughter from host George Stephanopoulos, who said, "I know you don't believe that," before Ellison pointed out that Minnesota had its own experience with outsider politicians, following the election of Jesse Ventura as governor.

Ellison's prediction about Trump become reality less than a year later.

Here's that clip of Ellison on This Week in 2015.

Support for Ellison to lead the DNC is growing, with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio giving him his endorsement on Tuesday, writing in the New York Times: "You’d be hard-pressed to write a better description of Keith Ellison’s approach to public service."

Democrats will vote on who becomes DNC chair on Saturday, with Ellison and former labor secretary Tom Perez the favorites.

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