Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan continued his history of anti-Semitism by accusing the “wicked Jews” of causing division between himself and the Women’s March.
Speaking Sunday during his movement’s annual Saviours’ Day conference in Chicago, the controversial leader unloaded on the Jewish people, blaming them for everything from slavery to racism as he claimed they had used him to criticize the leadership of the Women’s March and “break up the women’s movement,” CNS News reported.
In his lengthy speech met with repeated applause, Farrakhan praised the Women’s March national co-leaders, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez who have come under fire for their association with him, causing hundreds of organizations to withdraw their sponsorship of the movement.
“The most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on [was] when I saw, the day after Trump was elected, women from all over the world were standing in solidarity, and a black woman is the initiator of it,” Farrakhan said Sunday, speaking of Mallory.
“The wicked Jews want to use me to break up the women’s movement,” Farrakhan said. “It ain’t about Farrakhan; it’s about women all over the world [who] have the power to change the world.”
He asked the audience to applaud for “my poor little sister, Tamika,” who did not attend the event. “Tamika, Linda Sarsour, Carmen Perez, our sister with the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter – the women shook the world the day after President Trump was elected.”
“The women organized, and all over the world women rose up and men in government got shook. Because when women rise, change is going to come,” Farrakhan added. “So when they saw that Tamika had helped bring that about, they came after her.”
Farrakhan, who continues to find support among prominent Democratic leaders, declared that “the powerful Jews are my enemy” during last year’s Saviours’ Day speech when Mallory not only attended, but was on the stage with the Nation of Islam leader. In an interview on ABC’s “The View” last month, Mallory would not condemn Farrakhan’s anti-semitic comments and defended her presence at the event.
Women’s March founder Teresa Shook called on the leaders to step down in a November Facebook post accusing them of having “steered the Movement away from its true course.”
“I have waited, hoping they would right the ship. But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs,” Shook said.
Organizations including the AFL-CIO, NARAL, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, NRDC, OXFAM, Greenpeace, Amnesty and Southern Poverty Law Center have rescinded their support of the Women’s March due to the group’s co-chairs ties to Farrakhan.
AFL-CIO, NARAL, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, NRDC, OXFAM, Greenpeace, Amnesty and other major orgs are no longer listed as @womensmarch partners.
Out of over 500 orgs that were previously listed as a sponsor or partner of the @womensmarch, only 200❗️ remain affiliated. (1/2)
— Tali Goldsheft (@TaliGoldsheft) January 12, 2019
— Tali Goldsheft (@TaliGoldsheft) January 13, 2019
Farrakhan, who had his official Twitter account de-verified last year after ranting about “Satanic Jews” and the “Synagogue of Satan,” also took aim at Jews being offended by the use of the term “holocaust.”
“How many of you have heard Jewish people tell you you can’t use ‘holocaust’ when you talk about black suffering? Do you know why? Because to them the suffering of six million Jews is worth seven billion human beings on our planet,” he said. “So when you say ‘holocaust,’ that to them is blasphemy.’
He came to the defense of Minnesota Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar as well in his speech Sunday, telling the Muslim congresswoman she had nothing to apologize for following her tweet about the influence of the pro-Israel lobbying group AIPAC on lawmakers.
“Sweetheart, don’t do that,” Farrakhan said. “Pardon me for calling you sweetheart, but you do have a sweet heart. You sure are using it to shake the government up, but you have nothing to apologize for.”
“Israel and AIPAC pays off senators and congressmen to do their bidding, so [Omar is] not lying,” he said. “So if you’re not lying, stop laying down. You were sent there by the people to shake up that corrupt House. Shake it up!”
And while Farrakhan’s supporters – including the Women’s March organizers – turn a bind eye to his hateful rhetoric, the Movement continues to splinter.
If there is “wicked”, then YOU are it. The definition of hateful prejudice against Jews should read: see: Farrakhan.
— patricia rosen (@kaolin01) February 18, 2019
Yes, it’s a complete mystery why the Women’s March leadership’s refusal to disavow you would be used to criticize them. https://t.co/iTZxGMPa5s
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) February 18, 2019
Where’s the media outrage that Maxine Waters hugs this goon & Bill Clinton shares a stage with him?!?
— Buzzsaw (@M_R_Sumbigguns) February 18, 2019
Farrakhan is the wicked evil one
— Tim Chapman (@TimChap45336298) February 18, 2019
Exactly. My daughter (GenZ) and me (GenX) abandoned our local #WomensMarch PRECISELY because of this.
— AllisonFromThe401 (@AllisonRhody56) February 18, 2019
This is the Democrat Party.
— Mr. Gob Abierto (@GobAbiertoBOL) February 19, 2019
Is anyone even surprised at this point?
— Nick DuBois (@nickdubois30) February 18, 2019
I think people who can’t disassociate from anti-Semitism are the biggest morons in politics. How hard is it to denounce something worthy of denunciation? Take the women’s march for example. How hard is it to say “Louis Farrakhan is an anti-semitic jackass.”
— R. Chase Brindisi (@RBrindisi12) February 19, 2019
I’m not even involved in Women’s March anymore. I left over antisemitism. Tweeting Farrakhan at me as though you have some reason to believe I find him remotely acceptable speaks VOLUMES about how you see Jewish women. https://t.co/ic0Orq56eX
— Rabbi Ruti Regan ?️?♀?? (@RutiRegan) February 18, 2019
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