Two well-known Democrats attended the Women’s March despite the controversy surrounding the leaders supporting anti-Semitism.
Women’s March founders Tamika Mallory and Linda Sarsour have faced controversy for aligning themselves with known anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan and for vaguely addressing the issue. As IJR previously reported, this caused many on the left to step away from supporting the Women’s March, including the Democratic National Committee.
However, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) attended the march anyway while attempting to condemn anti-Semitism.
Ocasio-Cortez deflected questions of anti-Semitism back onto President Donald Trump instead of addressing the Women’s March.
“I think that concerns of anti-Semitism with the current administration in the White House are absolutely valid and we need to make sure that we are protecting the Jewish community and all those that feel vulnerable in this moment,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
— The Hill (@thehill) January 19, 2019
Gillibrand attended the Women’s March in Iowa as a part of her 2020 presidential campaign. She claimed that there was no room for anti-Semitism in the movement.
“We know there is no room for anti-Semitism in our movement. We know this,” Gillibrand said. “We know that our movement is empowered when all of us lift each other up.”
The senator also took the opportunity to criticize Trump but gave no specifics to her criticism.
“President Trump has chosen to divide this country, to spew hate, to divide us across every line, every racial line, every religious line, every cultural line he can find,” said Gillibrand.