The Women’s March has forced the resignations of three founding board members who found themselves in trouble for explicit anti-Semitic statements. National co-chairs Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, and Linda Sarsour stepped down, making room for 16 new board members, including three Jewish women, in order to repair relations with activists groups that couldn’t stomach the virulent anti-Semitism of Sarsour and the others.
While the three are no longer pictured on the website’s board of directors’ page, the organization has been slow to announce the reported departures officially.
Each was expected to “transition off of the Women’s March Board and onto other projects focused on advocacy within their respective organizations,” the organization said Monday in a statement obtained by the Post.
Many of the new board reportedly acknowledged “mistakes and missteps” in the past, though they didn’t provide specific instances. Under the previous leadership, the Women’s March was regularly under fire over its ties to anti-Semitic groups and comments deemed anti-Semitic.
Among other things, Mallory effusively praised the radical anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. And Bland noted several times the power of the “Jewish establishment” over politics.
But it was Sarsour who, rightfully drew the most heat. The pro-woman, Palestinian activist once threatened to remove the genitals of two political opponents — including Muslim women’s’ rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali — because they “don’t deserve to be women.” She regularly made the most outrageously anti-Semitic comments, repeating lies and exaggerations about Israeli’s treatment of Palestinians.
Incredibly, she never seemed to get the dichotomy of advocating for women’s rights while praising the way that Islam treats women.
In 2017, the Women’s March celebrated the birthday of the notorious cop-killer Assata Shakur, who was convicted for murdering state trooper Werner Foerster in 1979.
Debra Heine of PJ Media wrote of the flabbergasted response from Jake Tapper:
Appalled, CNN reporter Jake Tapper tweeted in response that “Shakur is a cop-killer fugitive in Cuba” and condemned the “ugly sentiments” in the tweet. “Any progressives out there condemning this?” he asked.
Sarsour tweeted back that Tapper “joins the ranks of the alt-right to target me online. Welcome to the party.”
Because to disagree with Sarsour is to “join the ranks of the alt-right,” according to Sarsour.
What took the Women’s March so long to finally get rid of these kooks? We should never forget that being a liberal means never having to say you’re sorry. It also means “The people! United! Will Never Be Defeated!” and so forth.
They didn’t take the action earlier because they didn’t have to. There was no pressure from major liberal activist groups to get rid of the haters. There was no media pressure to speak of. After the initial hullabaloo died down, all seemed well in the organization.
Except there was a bubbling beneath the surface where individual women and local organizations dropped out of participation in the Women’s March because of the stink of anti-Semitism coming from the group. The organization finally bowed to the pressure from below and essentially kicked the three upstairs.
The Women’s March was born out of the hysterical belief that Trump and Republicans would make abortion illegal, limit hard-earned rights, and take away birth control pills among other exaggerated concerns. Now that this has proven not to be the case, they’re stuck advocating for late-term abortions and other more controversial issues. It’s a dying movement and getting rid of the anti-Semites is too little too late.