The Women’s March gained prominence after the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, but now it appears that the event is fracturing as DNC members and others are pulling their support.
In recent days, a string of anti-semitic positions have been exposed from some of the Women’s March leaders, and now groups are beginning to disavow the organization.
A number of groups including the NAACP, NOW, Greenpeace, the Southern Poverty Law Center and Emily’s List have separated themselves from the Women’s March, and Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz penned an op-ed in USA Today condemning the national group for some of the positions its leaders have voiced.
In the op-ed, Wasserman Schultz writes that she “must walk away from the national Women’s March organization, and specifically its leadership. While I still firmly believe in its values and missions, I cannot associate with the national march’s leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-semitism and all forms of bigotry. I cannot walk shoulder to shoulder with leaders who lock arms with outspoken peddlers of hate.”
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz went on to explain that when she “marched alongside hundreds of thousands of sisters in Washington in 2017, it was with a hipe that we would never have to go down that road again. We marched to fight oppression wherever it exists. We marched to raise our voices against hate and discrimination. We did not march to help promote it.”
She explained that Teresa Shook, the creator of the Women’s March, has called for the co-chairs to resign. This includes Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory for allowing “anti-Semitism, anti-LBTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform.”
One Democrat member also facing backlash over an unearthed tweet is freshman congresswoman Ilhan Omar, who tweeted in 2012 about the “evil doings of Israel.”
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 16, 2012
Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz has not commented on Omar’s tweet.