The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has joined a number of prominent progressive advocacy groups in withdrawing its support for the Women’s March in the wake of reports detailing anti-Semitic conspiracy-mongering and support for notorious bigot Louis Farrakhan among its leadership.
The Women’s March published a list of sponsors over the weekend, ahead of its third annual march on Washington, D.C. The list includes fewer than half of the 500 sponsors who supported the march last year, and many of the most prominent past supporters, including the Southern Poverty Law Center, Emily’s List, and NARAL, are among the defectors. The DNC was initially listed as a sponsor when the list went up on Sunday but it, along with the NAACP and the National Organization for Women, were removed at some point thereafter.
The DNC’s withdrawal came after Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory defended her past description of Farrakhan as the “GOAT” or “greatest of all time” during a Monday morning appearance on ABC’s The View.
“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,” Mallory said when asked about the February social-media post in which she labeled Farrakhan the “GOAT.” That post documented Mallory’s attendance at Farrakhan’s 2018 Saviour’s Day address in Chicago, which was replete with references to the “satanic” Jew, among other hateful statements.
Accusations of anti-Semitism leveled against Women’s March leaders gained more traction in recent months following the publication of a Tablet magazine exposé, which alleged that Mallory and a fellow leader endorsed the conspiracy theory that Jews disproportionately orchestrated, and profited from, American chattel slavery.