Investigative reporter Laura Loomer showed up at the controversial Women’s March on Saturday.
The Women’s March has been marred with controversy, since it came to light that leaders like Linda Sarsour and Tamika Mallory refuse to disavow anti-Jewish Muslim leader Louis Farrakhan.
Time Magazine reported that the backlash to the Women’s March began over a year ago after Tamika Mallory, the organization’s co-president, posted an Instagram photo of herself and anti-Semitic Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, taken at an event he had hosted. In the photo’s caption, Mallory described Farrakhan as “the GOAT,” meaning the “greatest of all time.” In the past, Farrakhan has compared Jewish people to termites and described them as “satanic.” In 2017, the Southern Poverty Law Center designated Farrakhan’s organization as a hate group.
The Women’s March responded to criticism over Mallory’s association to it in an online statement, saying, “[w]e do not support or endorse statements made by Minister Louis Farrakhan about women, Jewish and LGBTQ communities.” But Mallory herself repeatedly defended her relationship to Farrakhan, sayingshe has long attended events hosted by the Nation of Islam and crediting the organization for helping her overcome personal tragedy. This month, Mallory again stopped short of condemning Farrakhan during an appearance on “The View.”
Laura Loomer arrived at the Women’s March in New York City on Saturday, and managed to get onto the main stage with a micro[hone and called out the “racist” group for “hating Jews.”
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— Peter D'Abrosca (@pdabrosca) January 19, 2019
BREAKING: #LauraLoomer just got on the main stage at the #WomensMarch in NYC chanting, “The Women’s March Hates Jews!” Moments before this clip she was actually able to chant that through the microphone on stage.
She is recording live from her Instagram account there now. pic.twitter.com/7uAAtblZ6M
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Laura Loomer interrupted a speaker during the Women’s March in Washington D.C. on Saturday. In a video shared on Twitter, the right-wing activist appeared onstage attempting to speak over a woman standing at a podium.
Loomer shouted claims about the organizers of the march being anti-Jewish. “The Women’s March does not represent Jewish people,” she yelled, adding that the Women’s March was a Nazi organization.
Security escorted Loomer off stage, but she didn’t leave without repeatedly screaming at the crowd: “What about the Jews?”
Thousands arrived at the nation’s capital for the third year of the rally, despite the Women’s March organization spending the majority of last year in utter chaos. Top members within the organization were accused of anti-Semitism after one of the organization’s founders, Vanessa Wruble, claimed she was pushed out of the group because of her Jewish heritage.
The organization’s secretive financial dealings were also exposed in the midst of ongoing disputes between members and other women groups regarding the ownership and naming of the Women’s March. Turmoil within the organization has led to some members requesting the resignation of the national group’s co-chairs.
Loomer’s antics came just a few days after the alt-right attention-seeker allegedly trespassed at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home in Napa Valley, California. Loomer appeared in a video attempting to open Pelosi’s door with three “undocumented” men she tricked into joining her crusade. The purpose of Loomer’s actions, according to conspiracy theorist and blogger Jacob Wohl, who posted the video on Twitter on Thursday, was to prove Pelosi’s “mansion isn’t a sanctuary for illegal aliens.”
Loomer, who reportedly met the men at a Home Depot parking lot and persuaded them to join her protest, convinced the men to chant “You’re killing us Nancy!” after discovering the congressional leader’s door was locked, according to The Daily Beast.