The Women’s March is rapidly losing high-profile left-wing supporters. After a series of reports exposing overt anti-Semitism among its leadership, more and more once-vocal supporters have either quietly pulled away or taken to various platforms to call the leaders out. Among those doing the former are some Democratic presidential hopefuls, who have managed to find various ways to be busy during the march’s big 2019 event this weekend. Among the latter are a few celebrities, including actresses Alyssa Milano and Debra Messing, and, now, comedian Sarah Silverman.
On Wednesday, Silverman took to Twitter to call out Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory for refusing to denounce notorious racist and anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan despite repeated opportunities to do so.
“I cannot imagine having such mild feelings over such a furious hatred of an entire people. He calls us termites,” she wrote of Mallory, referencing one of Farrakhan’s recent openly anti-Semitic comments in which he compared Jews to “termites” needing to be exterminated. “I’m heartbroken but im gonna stay hopeful because I don’t wanna give up on Tamika. (oh wow I s that how SHE feels about LF?) Oh this life…”
In the video Silverman retweeted, Mallory repeatedly refuses to specifically condemn Farrakhan’s horrific statements about Jews, only saying generally, “I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” despite Meghan McCain repeatedly offering her a chance to get more specific.
Women's March leader Tamika Mallory on The View today refused to condemn Louis Farrakhan's past remarks about Jewish people
— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 14, 2019
As noted by Hot Air’s John Sexton, Silverman would later retweet another Mallory-themed post:
I wrote about the curious, painful and depressing similarities between the anti-Semitism crises in the UK Labour Party and the US Women's March https://t.co/5dsAlyRi2R
— Esther Solomon (@EstherSolomon) January 15, 2019
Silverman’s decision to call out Mallory comes amid increasing pressure from former supporters of the movement, including Milano and Messing, who denounced the group back in November amid mounting evidence of a pattern of anti-Semitic statements, actions, and associations among the group’s leadership.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) November 9, 2018
As BuzzFeed News reported this week, it looks like the DNC and a pair of Democratic presidential hopefuls are quietly trying to back away from their former ties with the increasingly toxic group. Unlike the left-wing celebrities, however, the Democrats aren’t openly stating why they will be conspicuously absent from this weekend’s big march. The Daily Wire’s Emily Zanotti reports:
Both Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) told Buzzfeed News that they’re otherwise indisposed this weekend, even though both have been directly involved with the Women’s March in the past. Harris was a keynote speaker at the 2017 event, and Gillibrand headlined the Women’s March’s campaign against now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
But neither will appear this weekend at the Women’s March’s third annual demonstration in Washington, D.C., and neither will Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), the third most prominent female candidate for president.
Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is also “traveling” during the march, so he won’t be able to make it. Meanwhile, the DNC acknowledged Tuesday that it doesn’t have any future plans to partner with the march.
Mallory’s refusal to condemn Farrakhan hasn’t just been documented by “The View.” In an interview published this week, Mallory suggested to Elle Magazine that she doesn’t plan on cutting ties with Farrakhan or his Nation of Islam.
“I have been caricatured as someone who is an uncritical supporter of Louis Farrakhan and his every word and deed. That is not true. Trust and believe, Minister Farrakhan is clear that I do not agree with everything that he says,” she said, careful to remain extremely general about what exactly he’s said and done that she rejects.
“To be effective when organizing people who have been discarded by society it does not make sense for me to throw away an organization — like the Nation of Islam — that has been very aeffective at reaching the hearts and minds of young black men to turning them away from violence,” she said.