Anti-semitism drove down the number of protestors at the 2019 Women’s March. The controversy over the group’s leaders and their failure to condemn Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan kept supporters from .
The droves of roughly 100,000 people were far smaller than the march in 2017. The group’s of protesters stretched across several blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue and ended in front of the Trump International Hotel.
Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory, the Women’s March leaders, were to blame, say protestors and opponents. Moreover, Mallory and Sarsour failed to condemn Farrakhan’s hate speech and their own anti-Semitic statements.
McCain Vs Mallory
Last week, the “The View” co-host Meghan McCain questioned Mallory about her praise of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. McCain asked Mallory if she condemned Farrakhan’s racist statements comparing Jewish people to termites. Mallory declined to condemn him or his statements.
Now, Mallory blames McCain for asking her racist questions.
“Because Meghan McCain asked six questions at once, she never stopped to allow me to answer any,” Mallory told Roland Martin, in an interview. “But the nerve of people to believe that because she did all that, that I was supposed to just answer her as she said, so, so, ‘Massa, you get to tell me how to respond,’ that’s not going to happen.”
Sarsour has the same problems with anti-Semitism. She is a Palestinian-American, supports the anti-Israel BDS movement, and fails to denounce Shariah Law. Mallory is under fire after she also failed to denounce a recent social media post with Farrakhan. Farrakhan is a prominent anti-semitic figure. He has referred to the Jewish people as “termites”
I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. pic.twitter.com/L5dPQcnVg4
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) October 16, 2018
Protestors and anti-Semitism
Several protestors interviewed by Sara Carter were quick to denounce the statements.
“One woman doesn’t represent all women” said one protester to Carter on Fox New’s “Hannity”. Carter went to the D.C. march to ask protestors how they reconciled attending with the leadership’s refusal to condemn antisemitism and hate speech.
“Some mistakes within the leadership don’t define the whole movement and the movement as a whole still has a lot of good points, and there’s still a lot of work to be done,” said the protester.
A number of protesters, however, appeared to justify the hate speech.
“They are the leaders of this movement and I think the leaders of this movement are looking to reach goals and they have to do what they have to do to reach the goals,” said another protester. “No one said anything today antisemitic so we’re working with today, the here, the now, the present.”