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September 23, 2022

New York Times: What Killed the Women's March? Was It the Open Anti-Semitism Of Its Founders...?
Nay! It Was The Rusians!

Ellen Barry, How Russian Trolls Kept the Women's March Out of Step.

Linda Sarsour awoke on Jan. 23, 2017, logged onto the internet, and felt sick.

The Victim Framing Sympathy Play begins in sentence one.

By the way, settle in, this is going to be a long on.

The weekend before, she had stood in Washington at the head of the Women's March, a mobilization against President Donald J. Trump that surpassed all expectations. Crowds had begun forming before dawn, and by the time she climbed up onto the stage, they extended farther than the eye could see.

More than four million people around the United States had taken part, experts later estimated, placing it among the largest single-day protests in the nation's history.

But then something shifted, seemingly overnight. What she saw on Twitter that Monday was a torrent of focused grievance that targeted her. In 15 years as an activist, largely advocating for the rights of Muslims, she had faced pushback, but this was of a different magnitude. A question began to form in her mind: Do they really hate me that much?

That morning, there were things going on that Ms. Sarsour could not imagine.

More than 4,000 miles away, organizations linked to the Russian government had assigned teams to the Women's March. At desks in bland offices in St. Petersburg, using models derived from advertising and public relations, copywriters were testing out social media messages critical of the Women's March movement, adopting the personas of fictional Americans.

They posted as Black women critical of white feminism, conservative women who felt excluded, and men who mocked participants as hairy-legged whiners. But one message performed better with audiences than any other.

It singled out an element of the Women's March that might, at first, have seemed like a detail: Among its four co-chairs was Ms. Sarsour, a Palestinian American activist whose hijab marked her as an observant Muslim.

Over the 18 months that followed, Russia's troll factories and its military intelligence service put a sustained effort into discrediting the movement by circulating damning, often fabricated narratives around Ms. Sarsour, whose activism made her a lightning rod for Mr. Trump's base and also for some of his most ardent opposition.

So: Linda Sarsour wasn't anti-semitic. It was all just Russian Disinformation. And that's how they took down the Women's March.

Except... Linda Sarsour really is anti-semitic, and they have the receipts to prove it.

In addition, the Women's March wasn't taken down because Linda Sarsour was anti-semitic, but because the majority of the founders -- or the majority of the women who would up controlling it, after they purged the Jews -- were anti-semitic.

What evidence do I have of that? Oh, just the Russian Disinformation Operation known as The New York Times.

Women’s March Roiled by Accusations of Anti-Semitism
Within days of Donald J. Trump's election, a diverse group of women united by their concern about the incoming administration gathered at a restaurant in New York to plan a protest march in Washington. They had seen the idea floating on Facebook and wanted to turn it into a reality.

The unity did not last long. Vanessa Wruble, a Brooklyn-based activist, said she told the group that her Jewish heritage inspired her to try to help repair the world. But she said the conversation took a turn when Tamika Mallory, a black gun control activist, and Carmen Perez, a Latina criminal justice reform activist, replied that Jews needed to confront their own role in racism.

Ms. Wruble was pushed out of the organization shortly after the march, and she now asserts that her Jewish identity played a role. She went on to help found an organization called March On, which supports local women activists.


Ms. Mallory, meanwhile, who is now co-president of the Women's March group, has been criticized for attending an event by Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam who has been widely reviled for making anti-Semitic remarks. Ms. Mallory has called Mr. Farrakhan "the GOAT," or "greatest of all time," on social media.

The accusations of anti-Semitism, which were outlined in an article this month in Tablet, an online Jewish magazine, have prompted some women to reconsider their support for the group.


Ms. Mallory and Ms. Perez say they categorically condemn anti-Semitism, and that when they asked Ms. Wruble to leave the group, it had nothing to do with her being Jewish. But they acknowledged that the role of Jewish women was discussed in that first meeting.

"Since that conversation, we've all learned a lot about how while white Jews, as white people, uphold white supremacy, ALL Jews are targeted by it," Ms. Mallory said in a statement to The New York Times.


Now Women's March activists are grappling with how they treat Jews -- and whether they should be counted as privileged white Americans or "marginalized" minorities, especially in the aftermath of the October mass shooting in Pittsburgh, when 11 people were gunned down at their synagogue.


Ms. Wruble, a central organizer of the march, says she agrees that white women, including Jews, should grapple with their racial privilege. She put out a call for women of color to join the planning team and was connected with Ms. Mallory and Ms. Perez. At that first meeting, Ms. Wruble said, they seemed to want to educate her about a dark side of Jewish history, and told her that Jewish people played a large role in the slave trade and the prison industry.

"I was taken aback," said Ms. Wruble in her first extensive interview about her experience organizing the Women's March. "I thought, 'Maybe there are things I don't know about my own people.'"

She said she went home that night and searched Google to read about the Jewish role in the slave trade. Up popped a review of "The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and the Jews," a 1991 book by Mr. Farrakhan, which asserts that Jews were especially culpable. Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor, has called the book the "bible of the new anti-Semitism."

So the fans of Louis Farrakhan were quoting a Louis Farrakhan faux-history blaming the slave trade largely on the Jews.

I guess the Russian Trolls programmed Tamika Mallory to push this book at Jews with their QAnon brainwashing techniques.

At this point, the Jew-haters Mallory and Perez brought in an ally -- Linda Sarsour.

And that's not all they brought in.

She said she was told by one of the march leaders that "we really couldn't center Jewish women in this or we might turn off groups like Black Lives Matter." While Black Lives Matter is a diffuse movement, some activists have issued statements expressing solidarity with Palestinians under Israeli occupation.

At one point, Ms. Wruble said she asked about security for the march and was told by the leaders that the Nation of Islam would be providing it.

If you don't know Woke Code, when black and Hispanic racists say they don't want to "center" whites or Asians or Jews, that means they want to exclude them, and discriminate against them.

As the march grew closer, Ms. Perez gathered a diverse group of activists who created a set of "unity principles" that would tie all marchers together and highlight those viewed as the most vulnerable at the time.

"We must create a society in which all women -- including Black women, Indigenous women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women -- are free," it read.

Ms. Wruble noticed that Jewish women were not included, but said she was too busy with logistics for the march to focus on it.

After the march, the dissension increased. Perez and Mallory became openly anti-semitic.

Ms. Mallory and Ms. Perez began berating Ms. Wruble, according to Evvie Harmon, a white woman who helped organize the march, and who attended the meeting at Ms. Mallory's apartment complex.

"They were talking about, 'You people this,' and 'You people that' and the kicker was, 'You people hold all the wealth.' I was like, 'Oh my God, they are talking about her being Jewish,'" said Ms. Harmon, whose account was first published by Tablet. "The greatest regret of my life was not standing up and saying 'This is wrong.'"

Mallory denies attacking Jewish people -- but is open about hating white people, the race that blacks are encouraged to hate, and rewarded for hating.

Ms. Mallory denied that she disparaged Ms. Wruble's Jewish heritage in that meeting, but acknowledged telling white women there that she did not trust them.

"They are not trustworthy," she said, adding that Ms. Wruble gossiped behind the backs of the other march leaders instead of confronting them when she had an issue.

Gossiped about them being openly antisemitic, instead of being silent about it and letting the antisemites spread their hate in peace.

Does the New York Times now officially retract and denounce their previous reportage or nah?

That Tablet article referenced by the Times -- actually, it was Tablet that did all the reporting; the Times merely descended like a remora to eat the meal Tablet had provided -- has more:

Disgusted not only with the co-chairs' connection to Farrakhan but the way they were all handling what she saw as the legitimate public outrage over it, Morganfield, too, asked privately for their resignations.

"I talked to everyone, and I said it to every last one of them: Tamika [Mallory] needs to resign--not just because of her Farrakhan connection, but because of how she handled it afterwards. I said Linda [Sarsour] also needs to step down. Her controversy and the things she keeps saying and doing are detrimental to the movement." When Tablet asked Morganfield whether she believes the co-chairs are anti-Semitic, she offered a terse answer: "There are no Jewish women on the board. They refused to put any on. Most of the Jewish people resigned and left. They refused to even put anti-Semitism in the unity principles."

Tablet also noted that, despite the denials of the Women's March chairwomen, Linda Sarsour was very open about using the Nation of Islam's goons -- "the Fruits of Islam," or FOI -- as her private security:

Statements by Sarsour tell a different story. In a Facebook post from Sept. 30, 2017, Sarsour writes about an incident in which she was harassed in New York's Penn Station. "What breaks my heart to pieces is that I don't even feel safe in my own city," she laments before offering a word of gratitude to her security detail: "thank you to the brothers who keep me safe so I can continue to do what I do."

"She needs to be surrounded by FOI!" a Facebook user wrote in the comments under the post.

"I usually am brother," Sarsour replied.

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Now, with that background provided, let's turn back to the new revisionist history by the New York Times, claiming the Women's March was felled by... Russian Trolls.

One hundred and fifty-two different Russian accounts produced material about [Linda Sarsour]. Public archives of Twitter accounts known to be Russian contain 2,642 tweets about Ms. Sarsour, many of which found large audiences, according to an analysis by Advance Democracy Inc., a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that conducts public-interest research and investigations.

The article now sheepishly notes that maybe the Nation of Islam, and the chairpersons' connection to them, might have maybe had something to do with the downfall of the group.

But then they rush to blame it on Russian Trolls again:

But there is also a story that has not been told, one that only emerged years later in academic research, of how Russia inserted itself into this moment.

For more than a century, Russia and the Soviet Union sought to weaken their adversaries in the West by inflaming racial and ethnic tensions. In the 1960s, K.G.B. officers based in the United States paid agents to paint swastikas on synagogues and desecrate Jewish cemeteries. They forged racist letters, supposedly from white supremacists, to African diplomats.

They did not invent these social divisions; America already had them. Ladislav Bittman, who worked for the secret police in Czechoslovakia before defecting to the United States, compared Soviet disinformation programs to an evil doctor who expertly diagnoses the patient's vulnerabilities and exploits them, "prolongs his illness and speeds him to an early grave instead of curing him."

And the left, and the New York Times, denied the subversion of American politics by the KGB for decades.

Until Hillary Clinton settled on a vicious, coup-inspiring lie that the Russians had installed Trump as President.

And suddenly: Russians, who were previously protected by the leftist media, whose role in funding and directing leftwing groups was denied or covered up by the leftist media, were suddenly behind everything.

A decade ago, Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin, oversaw a revival of these tactics, seeking to undermine democracies around the world from the shadows.

Oh, I see, it was revived a decade ago. Apparently this wasn't going on in the 70s and 80s and 90s...?

Say, who funds the anti-fracking movement in America?

Social media now provided an easy way to feed ideas into American discourse, something that, for half a century, the K.G.B. had struggled to do.

LOL. Except, of course, by inserting them into the American media through their unknowing -- and knowing -- agents in the American left.

And the Russian government secretly funneled more than $300 million to political parties in more than two dozen countries in an effort to sway their policies in Moscow's favor since 2014, according to a U.S. intelligence review made public last week.

How about before that?

Will the New York Times be reporting on the KGB's efforts at demoralization through the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s, by funding leftwing groups to attack the basic normie culture of America?

Or nah?

Nah, right?


Accounts at the Internet Research Agency, an organization based in St. Petersburg and controlled by a Putin ally, had boasted of propelling Mr. Trump to victory. That year, the group's budget nearly doubled, according to internal communications made public by U.S. prosecutors. More than a year would pass before social media platforms executed sweeping purges of Russian-backed sock-puppet accounts.

For the trolls, it was a golden hour.

Say, did Russia/the Soviet Union promote/assist any candidates they saw as aligned with them in the past, I wonder?

After several thousand words claiming Russia Trolls Did This, the article, knowing no one is reading any longer, now admits: Oh right, maybe this wasn't all about Russia Trolls, and maybe it wasn't all about Linda Sarsour, either.

Maybe it had something to do with the Nation of Islam fanatic Tamika Mallory.

But note the New York Times rushes to defend her as well.


In 2018, a new internal crisis was triggered by Ms. Mallory's attendance at Saviours' Day, an annual gathering of the Nation of Islam led by Mr. Farrakhan.

Ms. Mallory grew up in Harlem, where many viewed the Nation of Islam and its founder positively, as crusaders against urban violence. Pressured to disavow Mr. Farrakhan, she refused, though she said she did not share his antisemitic views. After her son's father was murdered, she explained, "it was the women of the Nation of Islam who supported me."

"I have always held them close to my heart for that reason," she said.

The New York Times concludes by citing a leftwing rabbi who is sad that antisemites were exposed:

Rabbi Timoner sounded sad, recalling all that had happened. The wounds that opened up between progressives that year have never quite healed, she said.

"There is so much Jewish pain here," she said. "Those Russian bots were poking at that pain."

Note the New York Times never calls up any rabbis who have any words of sadness about white antisemites being "poked." Because, of course, there are none.

It's only the leftwing rabbis who make excuses for their leftwing Democrat antisemite allies. And the New York Times has all of these rabbis on speed-dial, to offer word of "sadness" about "right-wing" hatred over the latest anti-semitic emission by Ilhan Omar or whoever.

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