The Women’s March is now running in place to manage damage control because of their leader’s support for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The left-wing group issued a statement on Tuesday after significant backlash regarding Farrakhan’s notorious anti-Semitism. He called Jews “satanic” and said white people “deserve to die.”
Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory attended a Nation of Islam conference on February 25th where Farrakhan railed against Jews and white people. The Nation of Islam leader praised Mallory by name, and she was seen applauding during his speech.
At first, Mallory defended Farrakhan by implying that religious leaders are supposed to consider Jews their enemies. “If your leader does not have the same enemies as Jesus, they may not be THE leader!” she wrote.
Mallory is not alone, another leader in the Women’s March movement has ties to Farrakhan. The co-president, Carmen Perez, defended him in a January interview.
“In regards to Minister Farrakhan, I think that is a distraction,” Perez said at the time. “People need to understand the significant contributions that these individuals have made to Black and Brown people.”
Jake Tapper from CNN called out these leaders on Monday, as well as Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny Davis. The Women’s March leadership called Davis “an outstanding human being” for supporting Farrakhan.
“Why is it so tough for some people to condemn a rabid anti-Semite who is also a misogynist and anti-LGBT?” Tapper asked.
After appearing at Farrakhan’s speech, Mallory has faced intense pressure from groups like the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, to cut ties with him. So far, she has refused to do so. But the Women’s March leadership did release a statement on Tuesday excusing the group’s silence on Farrakhan.
“Minister Farrakhan’s statements about Jewish, queer and trans people are not aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles, which were created by women of color leaders and are grounded in Kingian nonviolence” the group said in a statement, which included neither an apology nor a disavowal of Farrakhan.
Because they did not denounce Farrakhan there was a social media backlash from progressives who felt the leadership was being hypocritical.
The fallout continued…
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Rep. Davis is one of seven House Democrats that have attended meetings with Farrakhan while in office. California Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee, Indiana Rep. Andre Carson, Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, New York Rep. Gregory Meeks and Texas Rep. Al Green have all attended meetings with Farrakhan while in Congress.
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