Peter Hasson, DCNF
- Two Women’s March leaders have close ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite
- Women’s March issued a statement in an attempt to play damage control, following a backlash
- The statement included neither an apology nor a disavowal of Farrakhan, which sparked further backlash
Women’s March is officially in damage control mode.
The left-wing group issued a statement Tuesday after facing an extended backlash over its leaders’ support for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, a notorious anti-Semite who has called Jews “satanic” and said white people “deserve to die.”
Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory attended a Nation of Islam conference Feb. 25 where Farrakhan railed against Jews and white people. Farrakhan praised Mallory by name, and she was seen applauding during his speech.
Mallory initially 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 isn’t the only Women’s March leader with ties to Farrakhan. The group’s co-president, Carmen Perez, defended him in a January interview with Refinery29.
“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.”
CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Monday called out the Women’s March leaders and Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny Davis, who defended Farrakhan and called him “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.
Since Mallory’s attendance at Farrakhan’s speech became public, Women’s March has faced sustained pressure from groups like the Anti-Defamation League, a Jewish civil rights organization, to cut ties with him. So far, they have refused to do so.
Under pressure from conservatives and liberals alike, Women’s March released a statement 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.
The group’s refusal to denounce Farrakhan in the statement immediately sparked a backlash on social media, especially from progressives who felt Women’s March leaders are being hypocritical for their closeness to the extremist.
The Women’s March leaders aren’t the only prominent political figures on the Left who have known ties to Farrakhan.
Rep. Davis is one of seven House Democrats still in office to have attended meetings with Farrakhan while in Congress.
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, according to photos, videos and witness accounts of the meetings reviewed by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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