New York Times editor Bari Weiss is no Trump supporter, and her latest op-ed makes that very clear. At one point in the essay, she tars the administration as a “horror show” that came to power thanks to the “anti-American” forces of the alt-right. She is a liberal feminist through and through, and you know she would give her right arm to somehow live in an alternate universe where Hillary Clinton actually shattered that glass ceiling in November.
But we say all of this to point out how extraordinary, overdue, and refreshing that op-ed actually was. Because while we doubt we’ll ever agree with Ms. Weiss on the political issues facing America, she is one of the precious few liberals willing to take a hard look at the dangerous women currently flying the flag for the progressive movement.
After relating the nationwide gush-fest that was heaped upon January’s Women’s March on Washington and the four women who helped organize it – Tamika Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, and Linda Sarsour – Weiss warned readers that at least two of those women were exactly the wrong kind of people to be leading the anti-Trump resistance.
“The leaders of the Women’s March, arguably the most prominent feminists in the country, have some chilling ideas and associations,” she wrote. “Far from erecting the big tent so many had hoped for, the movement they lead has embraced decidedly illiberal causes and cultivated a radical tenor that seems determined to alienate all but the most woke.”
She then relayed to her readers some disturbing facts about Sarsour, many of which have been a tightly-guarded secret in mainstream media circles:
There are comments on her Twitter feed of the anti-Zionist sort: “Nothing is creepier than Zionism,” she wrote in 2012. And, oddly, given her status as a major feminist organizer, there are more than a few that seem to make common cause with anti-feminists, like this from 2015: “You’ll know when you’re living under Shariah law if suddenly all your loans and credit cards become interest-free. Sound nice, doesn’t it?” She has dismissed the anti-Islamist feminist Ayaan Hirsi Ali in the most crude and cruel terms, insisting she is “not a real woman” and confessing that she wishes she could take away Ms. Ali’s vagina — this about a woman who suffered genital mutilation as a girl in Somalia.
Weiss pointed out that Sarsour (and many other progressive heroes) loudly celebrated the birthday of wanted felon Assata Shakur last month – a terrorist who was convicted of killing a police officer in that late 1970s. She also drew attention to Mallory’s public admiration of Fidel Castro, Perez’s affinity for Baba Sekou Odinga – a Black Panther who was convicted of trying to murder cops – and the entire group’s ongoing association with the radical Muslim, Louis Farrakhan.
“I am sure that Linda Sarsour, and perhaps the other leaders of the Women’s March, will block me for writing this,” Weiss concludes. “Maybe I’ll be accused of siding with the alt-right or tarred as Islamophobic. But what I stand against is embracing terrorists, disdaining independent feminist voices, hating on democracies and celebrating dictatorships. If that puts me beyond the pale of the progressive feminist movement in America right now, so be it.”
The left has gone off the deep end when it comes to its extremism, and mainstream Democrats are beginning to notice.