Tarlov on Women's March Anti-Semitism Controversy: I Marched Before, But 'Would Not' This Time
Group leaders have ties to Farrakhan.
Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov said she proudly participated in the inaugural Women's March in 2017, but she won't be involved in this year's demonstration amid the controversy over some of the group's leaders' ties to and statements about anti-Semitism.
Both Linda Sarsour, a Palestinian activist who has embraced the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, and co-President Tamika Mallory have ties to radical Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. The controversy picked up after Mallory attended a Farrakhan speech last February.
After Mallory's appearance on "The View" this week -- in which she declined to condemn some of Farrakhan's anti-Semitic statements -- the Democratic National Committee removed itself from the organization’s list of sponsors.
Many other politicians, celebrities and groups have distanced themselves from the Women's March amid the controversy.
"I marched very proudly at the first Women's March in New York -- I couldn't make it to D.C. -- I would not go this time, now that all of this has come to light," Tarlov said on "Outnumbered" Friday.
She agreed with a USA Today op-ed by former Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, which read in part:
While I still firmly believe in its values and mission, I cannot associate with the national march’s leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry. I cannot walk shoulder to shoulder with leaders who lock arms with outspoken peddlers of hate.
"The Women's March was conceived to protect marginalized communities, and anyone who would deny the Jews are a marginalized community are living on another planet," Tarlov said.
Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe said the Women's March has become "toxic."
"The Women's March doesn't represent all women. It's ... largely progressive viewpoints and platforms," Boothe said. "And now it's been tinged with anti-Semitism, and now it's become a toxic brand."
Watch the "Outnumbered" discussion above.