The Nation of Islam leader has accused “wicked Jews” of using him to break up the Women’s March.
Louis Farrakhan spoke at the group’s annual Saviours’ Day conference in Chicago on Sunday.
He told members: “Now the wicked Jews want to use me to break up the Women’s Movement. It ain’t about Farrakhan. It’s about women all over the world have the power to change the world.
“It was the most beautiful sight that I could lay eyes on when I saw the day after Trump was elected, women from all over the world were standing in solidarity.
“And a black woman is the initiator of it. Your time is now, black woman. You not know it, woman, you’re the second self of God. You’ve got to know that you are a part of God.”
Farrakhan asked members for a round of applause for Tamika Mallory, one of the Women’s March organisers who have faced calls to step down due to their ties with Farrakhan.
“Because when women rise, change is going to come,” Farrakhan said. “So when they saw that Tamika had helped bring that about, they came after her.”
Both Mallory and Carmen Perez, another Women’s March board member, have praised Farrakhan and shared photos of the Nation of Islam leader on Instagram.
In 2017, Mallory shared a selfie with Farrakhan on Instagram, with the caption: “Thank God this man is still alive and doing well. He is definitely the GOAT. Happy Birthday @louisfarrakhan!”.
In a statement issued last year, the Women’s March said: “The Women’s March exists to fight bigotry and discrimination in all their forms — including homophobia and antisemitism — and to lift up the voices of women who are too often left out.
“We believe in a world where women from all backgrounds are equally represented in government, media, politics, and everywhere and invite everyone who shares these values to join us.”
The Women’s March was approached for comment but did not respond by the time of publication.
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