DNC Drops Its Partnership With the Women's March After Anti-Semitism Controversy

Posted: Jan 15, 2019 2:50 PM
DNC Drops Its Partnership With the Women's March After Anti-Semitism Controversy

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The Democratic National Committee reportedly joined a long list of Democratic groups disassociating themselves from the Woman’s March Tuesday following the repeated failures from the organization’s leadership to disavow ties with anti-Semitic leader Louis Farrakhan.

Haaretz reported that the DNC ended its affiliation with the Women’s March.

Buzzfeed noted earlier Tuesday that the DNC “has no plans to partner with the Women’s March,” although it was once listed as a “partner” on the group’s website.

“A DNC official said the party has partnered with Women’s March organizers in the past on various projects, but has never been a sponsor of the national event,” Buzzfeed reported.

"The DNC stands in solidarity with all those fighting for women's rights and holding the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers across the country accountable,” the official told Buzzfeed.

The Democratic National Committee was listed as a partner in a January 10th tweet by the Women’s March but is no longer listed as a partner on the website as Forward pointed out.

A Democratic source told the Jewish National Syndicate (JNS) that the DNC dropped the partnership over anti-Semitism concerns.

On Monday, Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory defended remarks she had made calling Farrakhan “the GOAT” or the “Greatest of All Time” on Instagram.

She argued that “I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric, I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”

She later refused to directly condemn anti-Semitic remarks made by Farrakhan in which he said, “I’m not anti-Semite, I’m anti-termite”; “It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews, that are promoting lesbianism.”

“What I will say to you is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” Mallory said.

“Do you condemn them?” host Meghan McCain asked.

“I don’t agree with these statements,” Mallory repeated.

“You won’t condemn it,” McCain pointed out.

“To be clear, it is not my language, it is not the way that I speak,” Mallory said.

A report by the Tablet alleged that Women’s March co-chairs Carmen Perez and Tamika Mallory in one of their first meetings “asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people—and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade.”

Bland and Mallory told “The View” that the allegations of what was said in that first meeting were untrue.

However, in earlier comments to The New York Times, the group’s leaders admitted that the role of Jewish women was discussed in their first meeting.

“Since that conversation, we’ve all learned a lot about how while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, ALL Jews are targeted by it,” Mallory said in a statement to The Times, which was later criticized.

The DNC’s disassociation with the group follows that of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Emily’s List. Actresses Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing have also pulled their support of the march.