Women’s March leader — and accused anti-Semite — Linda Sarsour, lashed out at those expressing condolences for the victims of the New Zealand mass shooting, claiming she’s “triggered” by those who both criticized Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for her anti-Semitic remarks and reached out in love to the more than 50 families who lost a loved one last week.
Somehow, according to Sarsour, critics of openly anti-Semitic language can’t also express support for Muslim victims of terror because they are “Islamophobic.”
“I am triggered by those who piled on Representative Ilhan Omar and incited a hate mob against her until she got assassination threats now giving condolences to our community. What we need you to do is reflect on how you contribute to islamophobia and stop doing that,” Sarsour tweeted Saturday.
The commentary echoes that of two women who angrily confronted a befuddled Chelsea Clinton at a memorial for the New Zealand victims on Friday evening. Apparently, criticizing any Islamic lawmaker — even one that repeatedly uses anti-Semitic slurs against her colleagues, even after meeting with Jewish leaders who explained the history and consequences of the “dual loyalty smear — is automatically “Islamophobic,” regardless of the content of the crticism.
The two women who confronted Clinton went so far as to claim Clinton was directly responsible for inciting the New Zealand attacks after she spoke out, in general terms, about opposing anti-Semitism.
Sarsour took aim at a wider audience, using the victims of the New Zealand mass shooting to smear Omar’s and her own critics. By the end of the day Saturday, more than 14,000 people had “liked” her tweet.
CNS News also reports that an advocacy group Sarsour co-founded, MPower Change, also used the tragedy to lash out at “Islamophobia” and “white supremacy” as embraced by “elected officials” and “talking heads.”
“This deadly violence is the inevitable conclusion of unchecked white supremacy and Islamophobia,” the group said, according to CNS. “To the elected officials who actively promote bigotry or stay silent as our communities are attacked; to the media who treat the proponents of hatred as mere talking heads; to the social media companies who either promote or make excuses for white supremacists and Islamophobes: Your words today are not enough.”
Such language is far more forceful than either Sarsour or her colleagues on the left used when confronting Omar, who has repeatedly used anti-Semitic language to criticize her fellow members of Congress. In a particularly disturbing incident a few weeks ago, Omar accused lawmakers of having split loyalty to the United States and Israel — a modern twist on the age-old anti-Semitic “dual loyalty” smear.
But fearing backlash from the more progressive wing of their party, Democrats shied away from censuring Omar specifically, and even watered down a Congressional resolution meant to condemn anti-Semitism with “inclusive” language. Sarsour, in particular, lashed out at Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for “white feminism” and “white supremacy,” for even insisting that Omar be censured in the first place.
Sarsour, of course, has her own problems. Although she claims to preach against “hate” and “division,” she and other Women’s March leaders are directly linked with anti-Semitic hate preacher Louis Farrakhan and his organization, the Nation of Islam. Sarsour and fellow Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory have attended Farrakhan’s events, and the Women’s March itself contracted with the Nation of Islam to provide security at its events.