Caldwell: Dems, Women's March Co-Founder Must Condemn Farrakhan's Rhetoric
Democratic leaders and organizers of the Women's March are taking criticism for refusing to disavow controversial statements by Louis Farrakhan.
Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, said in a recent speech “powerful Jews are my enemy” and “white folks are going down.”
Democrat Reps. Maxine Waters and Barbara Lee of California, Gregory Meeks of New York, Danny Davis of Illinois, Andre Carson of Indiana, Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Al Green of Texas have all reportedly attended one of Farrakhan's events. There have been growing calls for them to denounce Farrakhan's remarks or step down.
Women’s March co-chairwoman Tamika Mallory, who attended the Nation of Islam’s national convention late last month, has also come under fire, along with her co-chairs Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez.
On "Fox News @ Night" on Thursday, Fox News political analyst Gianno Caldwell said these individuals need to condemn Farrakhan's racist and anti-Semitic rhetoric.
He pointed out that former President Barack Obama in 2008 denounced Rev. Jeremiah Wright's incendiary remarks about "God d*** America," but he did not disown him as a person.
Caldwell said Mallory and many Democratic lawmakers haven't even gone that far by disavowing Farrakhan's most controversial statements.
Fox News contributor Jehmu Greene said she knows these people, and their core beliefs are very different from Farrakhan's more radical views.
"So it is confusing, very confusing, that there is not a message coming from these leaders saying 'this is absolutely wrong, this is absolutely against all of my beliefs,'" Greene said, noting that controversies like this give Republican political operatives fodder for elections.
Watch the full discussion above.