By Valerie Richardson
Originally published by the WashigntonTimes
The Women’s March is rapidly becoming better known for its embrace of fringe issues and radical figures like Louis Farrkahan than its political rallies, which is creating headaches on the campaign trail for Democrats like Sen. Claire McCaskill.
After the Women’s March stunned even liberal feminists last week by rushing to the defense of Backpage.com, which has pleaded guilty in Texas to human trafficking, Ms. McCaskill found herself under fire for her enthusiastic involvement in the January 2017 march.
Missouri state Rep. Jean Evans, a Republican, tweeted that she was waiting for Ms. McCaskill “to distance herself from this pro-human trafficking organization,” while Catholic Association senior fellow Ashley McGuire called on politicians to “answer” for their support for the Women’s March.
— Jean Evans ⚜️ (@MoRepEvans) April 11, 2018
“I think it’s perfectly legitimate to ask someone like Claire McCaskill — who participated in the Women’s March and called the movement ‘inspiring’ — what do you think now?” Ms. McGuire said. “Do you support legalizing prostitution? Is legalizing prostitution an effective way to deal with human trafficking?”
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.
That includes Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, who spoke at the 2017 march in Boston and served as the honorary co-chair of the one-year anniversary march in January
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.
“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,” Ms. 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.”
“Sex workers rights are women’s rights,” declared the Women’s March in an April 7 tweet.
. The shutting down of #Backpage is an absolute crisis for sex workers who rely on the site to safely get in touch with clients. Sex workers rights are women’s rights. Follow @SafeSpacesDC @melissagira @swopusa @KateDAdamo @supporthosechi @anaorsomething for more info. https://t.co/S3Orx3aM8Z
— Women's March (@womensmarch) April 7, 2018
The ensuing flap came with leaders of the left-wing resistance group already losing support over their support for Mr. Farrakhan, known for his anti-Semitic rhetoric, as well as convicted cop-killer Assata Shakur and recently deported Palestinian terrorist Rasmea Odeh.
After the April 2 death of Winnie Mandela, the Women’s March praised the South African anti-apartheid activist for her “leadership,” despite her 2003 conviction for fraud and theft, her endorsement of torturing people to death by “necklacing,” and her alleged involvement in at least 15 deaths.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) April 2, 2018
Critics on the right have long denounced Women’s March co-leader Linda Sarsour’s anti-Israel jabs, support for Sharia Law, and her 2011 tweet saying that Muslim critic Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a victim of genital mutilation, should have her vagina “taken away.”
Women’s March co-president Tamika D. Mallory’s history of praising Mr. Farrakhan, including her appearance at his February speech, prompted Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii last month to cut ties, saying that, “We at Planned Parenthood reject and condemn bigotry of all kinds.”
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