Women’s March Organizer Linda Sarsour Invokes MLK to Bash Civility and Chuck Schumer
Linda Sarsour, co-founder of the Women’s March on D.C. and recent defender of anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, invoked on MSNBC the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to bash both the idea of civility and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) specifically.
Host Chris Hayes was guiding the discussion on the topic of civil disobedience and political violence, and pointed out to guest Jess McIntosh of ShareBlue Media that, considering events of the past year like Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) being shot by a politically motivated attempted murderer, there is legitimate cause for concern when encouraging people to be disruptive and confrontational in the way that Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) recently suggested.
McIntosh drew a distinction between political violence and civil disobedience, but Linda Sarsour had a different take.
Among those who criticized Rep. Waters for her comments were democrat leaders Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and of course, Senator Schumer. Sarsour laid into Schumer over his objection to political violence.
“I’m an organizer and activist, I engage in civil disobedience like twenty times a year,” Sarsour humbly began. “Dr. Martin Luther king warned us about people like Chuck Schumer. He said it wasn’t the Ku Klux Klan or white citizen counselors who were the obstacles towards justice, it was the people calling for quote civility and people that were telling us when to protest and what time and how to protest.”
“So you want to talk to me about civility?” she continued. “Let’s make sure that we’re engaging in justice, ensuring every American has access to health care and housing, that there is no poverty in America, and that children are with their mothers.”
The pro-choice feminist then said that she is “distraught” that “we” live in a country “talking about civility but don’t see the same outrage about kids being stripped from their mothers.”
Host Chris Hayes did not point out to Sarsour the ongoing national outrage over child separation, over a week now at major pitch, which he and the rest of MSNBC participated in and which culminated in forcing Trump’s hand on an executive order to end the practice.
What Senator Schumer actually said was “If you disagree with someone or something, stand up, make your voice heard. Explain why you think they’re wrong, and why you’re right. Make the argument. Protest peacefully.”
“Peacefully” was the only condition Schumer put on protesting. Based on Sarsour’s above statement, that is the part she objected to.
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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