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Founder of Women's March accuses co-chairs of bigotry — and demands they all step down

Women's March founder Teresa Shook said in a Facebook post that the leadership of the movement needed to step down after accusations of bigotry and anti-Semitism were made against them. (DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)

The founder of the anti-Trump "Women's March" movement demanded Monday that her co-chairs step down from their positions because of their associations with bigoted and "hateful, racist" rhetoric.

'Allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA... and hateful, racist rhetoric'

Teresa Shook said in a Facebook post Monday that the co-chairs had strayed from the vision she intended when she founded the women's movement.

“As Founder of the Women’s March," Shook said, "my original vision and intent was to show the capacity of human beings to stand in solidarity and love against the hateful rhetoric that had become a part of the political landscape in the U.S. and around the world."

"Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez of Women’s March, Inc. have steered the Movement away from its true course," she continued.

'I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down'

"In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs," she claimed later in the post.

"I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down and to let others lead who can restore faith in the Movement and its original intent."

One of the co-chairs, Tamika Mallory, was criticized when she wouldn't denounce the anti-Semitic and bigoted rhetoric of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. Sarsour, her fellow co-chair, defended her actions and denounced her critics.

Liberal Hollywood actress Alyssa Milano slammed Mallory and Sarsour over their failure to denounce bigotry, and said that she would not be speaking at Women's March events in the future, unless the leadership stepped down.

“Any time that there is any bigotry or anti-Semitism in that respect, it needs to be called out and addressed,” she told an LGBTQ advocacy magazine.

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