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It’s been a bad month and change for Linda Sarsour and her Women’s March.
After conservative media had pointed out the group’s anti-Semitic ties for quite some time, the mainstream media finally picked up on it in December and the movement quickly began to splinter. When the march went off on Saturday, it was clear that what was once the flagship movement of #TheResistance was in tenuous shape.
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Attendance figures weren’t available as of Sunday morning. However, The Washington Post’s live coverage of the event in the event in the nation’s capital announced that “thousands” of women had showed up for the event in Washington; the same outlet had reported that the first protest in 2017 was “likely the largest single-day demonstration in recorded U.S. history.”
“Attendees this year appeared less in number than Women’s Marches in the past, potentially a result of allegations of anti-Semitism made against the organizers,” NBC News reported during its coverage of the protest.
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Marches have been canceled across the nation and many prominent figures — the latest being Democrat Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, the former head of the Democratic National Committee — have disassociated themselves from the movement over allegations of anti-Semitism among leadership, particularly ties with Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.
Sarsour, one would have expected, would have been on her best behavior Saturday. If the Women’s March movement were to continue, she needed to bridge the divide and deliver some relatively uncontroversial remarks.
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And she seemed the candidate to do it. Late last year, as the anti-Semitism allegations began to percolate, she went on record as saying the movement “should have been faster and clearer in helping people understand our values and our commitment to fighting anti-Semitism.”
Instead, in arguably the most counterproductive example of doubling-down on a bad political hand we’ve seen in some time, Sarsour...
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