Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) penned a firmly worded op-ed for USA Today, which delivered devastating news to the liberal Women's March: yet another prolific Democrat was cutting ties with the controversial organization.
The editorial, which ran on Friday, revealed that Wasserman Schultz was distancing herself from the Women's March over its growing problem of apparent anti-Semitism, racism, and more.
What did she say?
Wasserman Schultz, also the former chair of the Democratic National Committee, said that she left the 2017 Women's March "electrified" by the promise of a "movement built around sisterhood and solidarity."
Two years later, she says, "Today, sadly, I must walk away from the national Women's March organization, and specifically its leadership."
"While I still firmly believe in its values and mission, I cannot associate with the national march's leaders and principles, which refuse to completely repudiate anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry," she adds. "I cannot walk shoulder to shoulder with leaders who lock arms with outspoken peddlers of hate."
Wasserman Schultz was pointing to the actions of the Women's March leadership team — which includes Tamika Mallory, who appeared on "The View" Monday and discussed her support for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
Wasserman Schultz notes that she isn't the only Democrat pulling her support from the organization, as the Democratic National Committee itself pulled out of its sponsorship of the event, allegedly for the same reasons.
Anti-Semitism and hate, she writes, "have no place in activism."
"Since [the 2017 march]," she adds, "I witnessed a disturbing spike in hatred aimed at Jewish homes, schools, and synagogues in my own community. And with anti-Semitism and white nationalism apparently on the upswing in America and globally, the associations that [Linda] Sarsour, [Carmen] Perez, and Mallory have had with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan have been most troubling."
"It should not," Wasserman Schultz notes, "be difficult to condemn [Farrakhan's] hate speech and the person who constantly voices it."
She adds that it's "clear" the march's leadership "has yet to cut ties with those who promulgate hate and anti-Semitic rhetoric."
"Until it does, I cannot stand alongside it," the congresswoman writes. "We must fight oppression and bigotry in all its forms. Otherwise, what — or who? — are we marching for?"