It's been reported that the "Women's March" organizers have close ties with "antisemitic and homophobic" organization "The Nation of Islam." The Democratic Party withdrew its support for the march after the report.

I haven't seen or heard if any individual elected politician has issued an actual apology for being associated with the march and endorsing a movement which excluded (among others) some Jewish voices from participating (ostensibly because of their pro-Zionist views).

Has any such apology been issued at this point?

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    The question claims without any references that Jewish voices were excluded from the march. In general it doesn't try to focus on the fact but on trying to shame. – Christian Jan 21 at 17:36
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    I've voted to close this question because of the analogy in use, showing a first order problem with the movement and the ideology. While parallels could be drawn between David Duke and Louis Farakan, the politicians are once removed from Farakan in the association with the Womens March. Why would they appoligize for supporting the Women's March, when the issue is that the organization was co-opted by demonstrative anti-semites? – Drunk Cynic Jan 21 at 17:38
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    @grovkin : The wording of the reason for closure is "The primary purpose of this question appears to be to promote or discredit a specific political cause, group or politician. It does not appear to be a good-faith effort to learn more about governments, policies and political processes as defined in the help center." Whether or not shame is self-evident this SE doesn't exist to shame. – Christian Jan 21 at 17:42
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    @Christian I did very much try to learn about actions of specific politicians. I asked a concrete question: "has any elected Democratic politician apologized..." The question is only shameful if the answer is. And the answer is only shameful if the behavior it describes it shameful on its own. – grovkin Jan 21 at 17:43
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    Well, have Republican politicians apologized for supporting Trump's candidacy, even though he's expressing his support for some pretty horrible people and groups (to say nothing of his own opinions)? For that matter, how many of them have apologized for supporting bills sponsored by Steve King? I'm not sure there's much of a double standard at all. – Obie 2.0 Jan 21 at 19:42

As far as I can tell (as of Jan 21), no one has outright apologized for supporting it, but many organizations (including the DNC and SPLC) have withdrawn support and several politicians have announced they aren't going to be attending this year.

As always, this is subject to change at any time if someone does issue an outright apology. However, I (personally) would be mildly surprised if anyone did, because the stated goal of the March (which is what people nominally supported) didn't have anything to do with Farrakhan. This sets up an extra remove, which lets politicians (and others) effectively say "I didn't realize the leadership felt that way. I want nothing to do with the organization any more, now that I know about it." without disavowing their previous support (as an apology does).

  • I'll try to re-word the analogy. I am actually curious if any apology has been issued by Democratic politicians. I wasn't trying to bring attention to a purported (or actual) double standard. The analogy is only there to demonstrate how the whole thing looks to those who may see this as an attack on the Democrats in particular. – grovkin Jan 21 at 19:37
  • "why the double-standard of tolerance towards Democrats and intolerance towards Republicans for essentially the same ideological wrongdoing" The reason for the downvoting is because of the OPs pushing the viewpoint that there is a double standard. "Pushing or promoting" a political cause or viewpoint is against the SE Politics rules. – jaypops96 Jan 21 at 22:04
  • I am removing the analogy since (as Yannis warned) it seems to detract from the question rather than give it context (as I had hoped). About your edit, btw, according to CNN (2nd link), the Democratic party refused to comment. So they didn't even say that "it wasn't for them" anymore. They quietly withdrew the endorsement. But that's the party's endorsement. It still left the question of whether any elected Democrat actually apologized. – grovkin Jan 21 at 22:29
  • @grovkin That seems reasonable. I've removed my critique of the analogy and replaced it with just my basic reasoning. (And voted to reopen the question.) – Bobson Jan 22 at 0:33
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    @Bobson I deleted my comments that were no longer relevant. This answer fits the question. I doubt a better answer will come about. – David S Jan 22 at 15:14

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