There are many a leftist group that Democrats have thrown the whole of their weight behind, but various Democrats who considered themselves a part of the Women’s March are beginning to have a form of buyers remorse.
According to the Washington Times, politicians that lent their voices to the Women’s March have since gone completely silent in the face of the Women’s March various extremist stances such as their admiration for radical hate preacher Louis Farrakhan, and their vocal support for Backpage.com, which has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking.
According to the Washington Times, this includes Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, who was once on the front lines of support for the Women’s March but has gone incredibly quiet.
Clearly Ms. McCaskill isn’t a fan of sex trafficking — she worked to pass the online trafficking bill signed last week by President Trump — but her silence to date comes as testament to the clout wielded by the Women’s March despite the growing scrutiny.
Ms. McCaskill is hardly alone among Democrats. In fact, she isn’t even the most stalwart supporter of the Women’s March among the relatively small cohort of Senate Democrats seeking reelection in 2018, none of whom have condemned the group’s extremism.
This sudden silence includes the likes of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has gone silent in the face of the Women’s March extremism. This is a fascinating turn of events, as Warren was one of the Democrats suggesting the left lost the 2016 elections because they weren’t radical enough.
But not all are silent in their distancing from the Women’s March according to the Washington Times:
In October, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Amy Klobuchar of Wisconsin, and Debbie Stabenow of Michigan delivered rousing keynote speeches at the Women’s March conference in Detroit.
This has caused Catholic Association senior fellow Ashley McGuire to encourage voters to call out those who stood behind the march for their connections and make them answer for their support.
“The Women’s March has shown it’s run by extremists, and the senators and politicians who associated themselves with an organization that’s run by extremists need to be asked hard questions about that affiliation,” McGuire said.
She and other foes of human trafficking were shocked when the Women’s March, which backs “sex workers’ rights” in its manifesto, decried the federal and state raid on Backpage.com, calling it “an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients.”
“I suspect that people like Claire McCaskill hope that this will go away, that spotlights are not shown on their associations, but I think the opposite is going to happen,” said McGuire in an op-ed at RealClearPolitics.
“Already I’ve seen people posting pictures of her at the St. Louis Women’s March,” she added. “You can’t hide from this.”
Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson, who has been tracking the life of the Women’s March would also like some answers.
“Several of the key leaders of the Women’s March have long-standing relationships with anti-Semitic, racist, and sexist firebrand Louis Farrakhan,” Jacobson said. “Democratic Senators who embrace the Women’s March without demanding a change in the leadership to remove Farrakhan supporters are ratifying the embrace of Farrakhan, whether they intend to do so or not.”
The concerns that Democrats are merely going quiet on the Women’s March’s activities instead of outright denouncing them is, in this case, a sort of tacit approval of this kind of extremism. Neo-Nazism and sex trafficking are very serious, and politicians unwilling to denounce this kind of extremism for fear of losing their reelection campaigns is not only cowardly, but it shows that their moral compass points anywhere but north.
If politicians are so vehemently against these things then they should have no problem standing against the Women’s March. Neo-Nazism was bashed when it was presented as an element of the alt-right, however, there are no words for when it happens on the left? These politicians support women, stand for the #MeToo movement, and yet are completely absent when a powerful element of their own side stands with those who engage in both?
They need to answer for their support, denounce the march, and get back on track, and I mean yesterday.