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Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory appeared Thursday night on “Firing Line” to discuss her controversial organization, particularly the claims of anti-Semitism that have dogged the group for months. Host Margaret Hoover asked Mallory directly if Israel has the right to exist. “Everyone has a right to exist,” Mallory replied. “I just don’t feel that everyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group.” Hoover gave Mallory multiple opportunities to state Israel’s right to exist. She refused.
Of course she refused. This is hardly surprising for someone with Mallory’s history and relationships. She has close ties to one of the most virulent anti-Semites in America today, Louis Farrakhan. She called Farrakhan “the GOAT” (as in “Greatest of All Time”) on her Instagram feed. Mallory and others in the leadership of the Women’s March attend Nation of Islam events, even using the Nation of Islam for security in the past.
In light of her comments and relationships, people have wondered why the Women’s March hasn’t distanced itself from Mallory. The fact is, the organization won’t because it doesn’t see a need to: Mallory’s comments are consistent with others in the leadership of the march and as well as with a great many march participants.
Don’t believe me? Consider Linda Sarsour, another Women’s March co-founder with close ties to Louis Farrakhan. Sarsour also has a history of making comments perceived as anti-Semitic.
Take, for example, her statement to the 2018 Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Houston just a few months ago. “In my opinion, on an issue like Palestine, you gotta choose the side of the oppressed,” she said. “And if you’re on the side of the oppressor, or you’re defending the oppressor, and you’re actually trying to humanize the oppressor, then that’s a problem, sisters and brothers, and we’ve gotta be able to say ‘That is not the position of the Muslim-American community.’” In Sarsour’s mind, to defend Israel’s right to exist and defend itself is to humanize Israel and the Israelis, which is unacceptable.
BDS on the Rise in the Democratic Party
Some people have been taken aback at these recent comments of Mallory and Sarsour, but that’s because they haven’t been following the growth of anti-Semitism on the progressive Left through the Boycott, Divest and Sanction Movement (BDS) that began just over 10 years ago. Sarsour and others associated with the Women’s March are strong proponents and advocates of the BDS movement. From the stage in Washington, D.C., at Saturday’s march, Sarsour proclaimed her constitutional right to “boycott, divestment, and sanction in these United States.” Her comments were met with loud cheers.
The BDS movement, launched by the Palestinian BDS National Committee, is nothing but an attempt politically and economically to weaken and slowly strangle the nation of Israel. It is financed in part by organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and even those with links to Hamas and others with known links to terrorism.
For those who have been following the BDS movement, it has gained significant momentum in recent years on college campuses throughout the United States. It has spread throughout the Progressive Left and has now infected the Democratic Party.
Just two weeks ago, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted: “The shutdown is not the reason Senate Democrats don’t want to move to the Middle East Security Bill. A huge argument broke out at the Senate Democratic meeting last week over BDS. A significant number of Senate Democrats now support #BDS & Democratic leaders want to avoid a floor vote that reveals that.”
And it’s not just Senate Democrats who support the BDS movement. Last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) appointed radical anti-Israel and BDS proponent Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) to the powerful House Foreign Affairs committee. Not only should that be seen as a nod to the progressive Left, it should also be seen as a clear sign that the establishment Democratic Party is moving further away from supporting and defending our closest and most reliable ally in the Middle East.
Democrats Veer Further Left
All of this is the result of a far-left movement that relies on social justice warriors, “intersectionality,” and noxious identity politics to guide them. The BDS movement is yet more proof that the parasitic Left has eaten the Democratic Party from within. It might appear on the surface that there are still some vestiges of the party of JFK and Bill Clinton. But the Democratic Party’s essence has changed dramatically and that is changing its core principles.
This process will continue if traditional Democrats don’t fight for their party. They have quite an uphill battle: the Left has the grassroots and small donor power inside the Democratic Party, as well as mega-donors such as George Soros and Tom Steyer. Add to this mix the change of the super delegate rules for the 2020 primary, which was one of the last bastions of defense by more centrist Democrats and it’s hard not to imagine that only a candidate who swears fealty to the far-left progressive views has any chance of really winning the party’s presidential nomination.
It’s early yet, but it’s a fair bet that the 2020 presidential election between the Democratic Party nominee and President Trump will be one of the starkest and most clarifying moments in American history, pitting Trump’s America First agenda against a radical left-wing, un-American vision for the future. Which course will America choose?
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