The news, the blogs, social media, and water coolers around the country focus a lot on the Trump universe. Understandably. Not only is there a lot to follow, it’s almost always sensational, weird, unbelievable, hilarious, sad, or of course, deplorable. In the case of the national press this is generally to the exclusion of stories about the bad left, despite the many opportunities.
Not so here at RedState, despite the whines to the contrary, where we cover the bad guys on the left all the time, as our archives clearly demonstrate. Nevertheless, two stories that made a lot of news in the last week or so made me want to single the left out for a two minute headshake and remind everyone that there are news stories out there that don’t have a last name that rhymes with rump. Both stories involve a supposed “rights” march organized by the professional agitators of the left.
First up, a “pride” march. Last month, the annual Chicago Dyke March kicked out Jews because they were deemed offensive.
Some would disagree with my characterization, but I assure you it is accurate.
Here is an excerpt from the story as originally reported:
Jewish people celebrating LGBT Pride in Chicago were told not to display Star of David flags because other people found them ‘offensive.’
The Jewish Star of David flag was banned from the city’s annual Dyke March celebrations, and several people carrying the flag were removed form the march because their presence “made people feel unsafe,” LGBT paper Windy City Times reported.
Since that time, the organizers of the march doubled down on their Jew hate after getting a digital earful on social media.
Screenshot courtesy Yair Rosenberg
And in case, you aren’t clear what they mean by “Zio” …
Zio tears. And they were confronted about this, too. First they didn’t care at all:
Wow, trying to compare a group of queer people of color to the KKK, so fucked up. and are you foreal @GlitterGutsy for liking that shit?
— Chicago Dyke March (@DykeMarchChi) July 14, 2017
Then offered what they apparently considered an explanation:
Sorry y'all! Definitely didn't know the violent history of the term. We meant Zionist/white tears replenish our electrolytes ?
— Chicago Dyke March (@DykeMarchChi) July 14, 2017
But of course, the truth of their anti-Semitism was obvious. How obvious? Guess what their Instagram looks like? Again, courtesy Yair Rosenberg:
I especially like how the second one literally has a watermark from a Twitter account with “Nazi” in the name.
So that’s the first Deplorable march. A supposed anti-hate pride march. The second was a march for women, appropriately named The Women’s March.
This group is already bad news. The organizer, Linda Sarsour, is well-known to RedState readers. She’s the supporter of radical Islam, terrorism, sharia law, and many other heinous things, who has talked up the value of preventing women from driving and suggested that some women who were opposed to radical Islam should “have their vaginas taken away,” and thinks Muslim Americans should declare a jihad on Donald Trump. And I can’t recall, how does radical Islam feel about Jews?
Amazingly, though, this Women’s March story isn’t about that. It’s about Assata Shakur, who murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foester in 1977 and then fled to Cuba. Shakur has the dubious distinction of being the first woman to top the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list. And on Sunday, she was the subject of a tweet from the Women’s March.
— Women's March (@womensmarch) July 16, 2017
If you’re wondering about that hashtag, it’s the one they’re using to post a new image each day regarding a sign that represents the “resistance.” Which is, apparently, open to murdering cops.
If you’re not sure how that advances whatever women’s rights issue they may purport to advocate for, join the club.
Now, here is why these are more than just one-off situations. In the case of the so-called Dyke March, the initial banning of signs or flags featuring the Star of David is not all that unusual, in the context of the left. It is routine at left wing rallies to see hate Israel signage and shirts and hear those messages. It is, on the American left, practically a requirement that you be pro-Palestine, commonplace that you be anti-Israel, and accepted that being anti-Israel can be a virulent and aggressive view. Though they’d never admit it, their use of the Palestine issue as a fig leaf for just plain old fashioned Jew hate is widespread on the far left, and in this case, the mask simply slipped.
For all that they complain about the alt-right and white nationalism, it’s not because of those groups’ view on Jews. Anyone who has been to a leftist protest, such as the Recreate 68 crowd, knows how easily any cause slips into Jew hating on the far left, be it political opposition, anti-capitalism, or even anti-Trumpism.
In the case of the women’s march, it’s not even far left. This is a mainstream left-of-center group, not merely supported by but zealously defended by Democrat politicians, media personalities, and activists. They are popular, well-funded, have celebrities on board, and are a fully functioning part of the central nervous system of the Democrats and the mainstream left. The group that wants jihad and cop-killing. Mainstream.
In two stories, you get deplorable from both the far left and the mainstream left. Deplorable.
Yes, these are examples only. And unlike stories you might see on MSNBC, here at RedState we can gladly acknowledge that this is not “Every” Democrat, or even every leftist. There are a lot of great and wonderful people who are Democrats. But this behavior is there. It does exist. And they shouldn’t be allowed to sweep it under the rug and tell you to look elsewhere any more than we should.
Democrats and the liberal media never stop asking Republicans to apologize for, explain, and correct every bad apple. Isn’t it about time they even bother to acknowledge the orchard in their back yard?