On Tuesday, the Democratic National Committee quietly pulled its support for this year’s Women’s March. Wednesday morning, it became apparent that the dissatisfaction with what used to be the signature event for left-leaning women nationwide has become a toxic morass; two prominent female Democratic presidential candidates won’t be appearing at Saturday’s event.
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.
“A Harris spokesperson said the senator would not be attending this coming weekend” but did not give a reason according to Buzzfeed News. She is, however, going to be in Washington, D.C., just steps from the event. Harris’ staff told reporters on Tuesday that the senator is expecting to remain in the nation’s capital for the time being so that she is available to vote to end the government shutdown.
“Gillibrand is expected to be in Iowa,” her team told reporters.
Even Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), who, despite not being female, has long been a supporter of the March’s goals, will be missing in action. He’ll be “traveling,” a spokesperson told Buzzfeed.
The DNC itself admitted late Tuesday that it has no plans to partner with the Women’s March this year, despite being a prominent co-sponsor of the event in years past. They also offered no explanation, only a statement reiterating that the organization “stands in solidarity with all those fighting for women’s rights,” according to The Washington Times.
The exodus from the Women’s March began in late December after both Tablet magazine and The New York Times published lengthy exposes revealing direct links between Women’s March leaders Carmen Perez, Linda Sarsour, and Tamika Mallory, and the virulently anti-Semitic Nation of Islam. The Women’s March has routinely refused to disavow the Nation of Islam and has yet to fully condemn the anti-Semitism both news organizations claim infects the Women’s March’s leadership heirarchy.
The last straw for the Democratic National Committee and female Democratic candidates seems to have come Monday, after Tamika Mallory, the Women’s March leader with the closest relationship to notorious hate preacher Louis Farrakhan and his Nation of Islam organization (Mallory recently attended Farrakhan’s “Savior’s Day” event in Chicago where he preached that Jews were the spawn of Satan), refused to disavow Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam when asked about it on The View.
Mallory instead tried to accuse The View host Meghan McCain of tarring her with statements made by a man, even though denouncing Farrakhan’s hatred for the Jewish people seems like a relatively easy and logical thing to do.
When the March steps out on Saturday, it will have only three major co-sponsors, down from more than a dozen for last year’s event. Only Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, and the American Federation of Teachers remain as direct partners.