Activist Laura Loomer made sure Saturday that attendees at this year’s Women’s March in New York City knew what was missing from the event.
Loomer, who livestreamed herself on Instagram, made her way to the main stage and interrupted Agunda Okeyo, director of the Women’s March New York City. She managed to get that far by telling security she was a media representative.
One she reached the stage, she yelled into the mic, “What about the Jews?”
“The Women’s March does not represent Jewish people. The Women’s March is the real Nazi march. The Women’s March hates Jews,” Loomer said.
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She was then taken off the stage by security guards.
“The Women’s March hates Jews! Linda Sarsour is a Jew-hater! Tamika Mallory is a Jew hater!” she called out as she was taken away.
She was escorted off stage by police, spotted @BilldeBlasio in the crowd, and called him a “Jew hater”.
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After she was removed, Okeyo said, “This is not a negative day,” according to Vox.
“What we’re doing today is we’re going to uplift each other and we’re going to make sure we stay positive. I want to hear my Jewish family,” she told the crowd.
Loomer remained at the march for about 30 minutes while she commented on the event, the Washington Examiner reported.
The New York City march included remarks by Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said the only anti-Semitism to worry about was the anti-Semitism coming from the White House, according to CNN.
“I think that concerns of anti-Semitism with the current administration in the White House are absolutely valid and we need to make sure that we are protecting the Jewish community and all those that feel vulnerable in this moment,” she said.
However, Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee, was among the many Democrats who pulled back from embracing the march due to concerns over anti-Semitism.
“I cannot associate with the national march’s leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry,” Wasserman Schultz said, according to The Hill. “I cannot walk shoulder to shoulder with leaders who lock arms with outspoken peddlers of hate.”
National Women’s March leaders Bob Bland, Carmen Perez, Mallory and Sarsour have been under fire for their ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
By way of a response, New York City’s march included several speakers who said there is unity between Jewish women and minorities.
However, as an indication in the loss of unity since the first Women’s March in 2017, New York City was host to two competing marches.
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