Pavlich: The media gets woke on the Women’s March

After a year of wall-to-wall coverage, endless profiles, glorification, a TIME magazine cover and Glamour’s 2017 Women of the Year award, the media has finally caught on to the extremism of the Women’s March.

It all started when Women’s March founder Teresa Shook called for co-chairwomen of the organization to step down in a lengthy Facebook post. The group, she said, had become unbearably anti-Semitic and wrought with other forms of bigotry.

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“As Founder of the Women’s March, my original vision and intent was to show the capacity of human beings to stand in solidarity and love against the hateful rhetoric that had become a part of the political landscape in the U.S. and around the world. I wanted us to prove that the majority of us are decent people who want a world that is fair, just and inclusive of Women and All people. We proved that on January 21, 2017 (and in the U.S. this past midterm with a diverse electorate),” Shook said.

“Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez of Women’s March, Inc. have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship. But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs,” she continued. “I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down and to let others lead who can restore faith in the Movement and its original intent. I stand in Solidarity with all the Sister March Organizations, to bring the Movement back to its authentic purpose.”

A recent article in Tablet Magazine investigated this claim and found anti-Semitism isn’t something that developed as the movement grew, rather it was there from the very beginning. “In the first hours of the first meeting for what would become the Women’s March—that something happened that was so shameful to many of those who witnessed it, they chose to bury it like a family secret. Almost two years would pass before anyone present would speak about it,” the magazine reports.

“It was there that, as the women were opening up about their backgrounds and personal investments in creating a resistance movement to Trump, Perez and Mallory allegedly first asserted that Jewish people bore a special collective responsibility as exploiters of black and brown people—and even, according to a close secondhand source, claimed that Jews were proven to have been leaders of the American slave trade,” the reporting continues. “These are canards popularized by The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews, a book published by Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam.”

This “newly exposed” ideology of the Women’s March isn’t new at all. In fact, conservative women and honest journalists have been exposing the Women’s March for its anti-Semitism and violent extremism from the beginning.

Tamika Mallory has been mentored by Louis Farrakhan for 30 years and regularly attends events where he preaches about Jews being “termites.” He’s also called for the end of white people.  Mallory has been asked several times about her mentorship from Farrakhan and refuses to truly distance herself from his ideology. Carmen Perez has shown similar support for the Nation of Islam leader.

Linda Sarsour, a supporter of violent tactics used by Hamas in Gaza, also supports Farrakhan and has advocated for the dehumanization of Israelis. In 2015, she was the headline speaker for one of his events and openly supports Sharia law. In 2011, Sarsour went after Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Brigitte Gabriel, saying she wanted to “take away their vaginas.” Hirsi Ali, who was born in Somalia, is a survivor of female genital mutilation. Gabriel, who grew up in Lebanon, spent her youth in a bomb shelter and under attack from Islamic terrorists.

But the Women’s March doesn’t only have an anti-Semitism problem. In July 2017, the Women’s March wished convicted cop killer and fugitive Assata Shakur a happy birthday.

“Happy birthday to the revolutionary #AssataShakur!” the group tweeted.

Democrats have openly praised the Women’s March and publicly backed its founders.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandNew York Rep. Maloney endorses Gillibrand for president Actress Connie Britton endorses former roommate Gillibrand for president Trump singles out local union boss over GM's decision to shutter Ohio plant MORE (D-N.Y.), a potential 2020 presidential candidate said, “the Women’s March is the most inspiring and transformational moment I’ve ever witnessed in politics.”

Hollywood’s A-list stars also jumped onboard, leading Madonna to say during their January 2017 Washington, D.C., rally that she had “thought an awful lot about blowing up the White House.”

The media is finally “woke” about what the Women’s March is really all about, but they deserve no credit for acknowledging it this late in the game. The question now is whether they will be asking Democrats who backed the movement if they support what it stands for.

Pavlich is the editor for Townhall.com and a Fox News contributor.