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Shocker: The Democratic Party quits sponsoring Women's March after explosive segment about Louis Farrakhan on 'The View'

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The Democratic National Committee is no longer sponsoring the annual Women's March, which is set to take place Saturday in Washington, D.C.

The DNC is just the latest in a string of groups that have rescinded its endorsements and affiliation with the group after one of its leaders refused to denounce Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, in a recent interview.

What's a brief history?

Women's March co-presidents, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland, appeared on "The View" Monday, where the show's co-hosts peppered them with questions about the organization.

Mallory's relationship with Farrakhan was put on the front burner for the heated segment. Mallory refused to denounce him and instead called him the "greatest of all time" for "what he's done in black communities."

Mallory repeatedly refused to condemn Farrakhan's remarks about people of Jewish faith and others, though being pressured to do so.

The Women's March has been under scrutiny for allegations of anti-Semitism, sexism, and more.

What's happening now?

As pointed out by The Daily Beast, the DNC was listed among the organization's "2019 Women's March sponsors" as recently as Sunday. As of Tuesday, the DNC is no longer listed among those sponsors.

The outlet reported that a DNC official declined to comment on the timing of the sponsorship withdrawal but said that it "stands in solidarity" with women.

Sabrina Singh, DNC deputy communications director, offered the following statement on the matter:

The DNC stands in solidarity with all those fighting for women's rights and holding the Trump administration and Republican lawmakers across the country accountable. Women are on the front lines of fighting back against this administration and are the core of our Democratic Party.

The Women's March had yet to address the lost sponsorship at the time of this report.

Other sponsors who have not returned for this year's march include the Southern Poverty Law Center, EMILY's List, the Human Rights Campaign, NARAL, the Center for American Progress, and Amnesty International.

The outlet also reported that fewer than half of the 2018 sponsors returned to support the 2019 Women's March.

What else?

In related news, organizers of the New Orleans Women's March canceled their January event over what they called "drastically" declining participation and fundraising.

Also, organizers for a Women's March, slated to take place in California, canceled their event because they were worried that the march's participants would be "overwhelmingly white."

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