Lauretta Brown, Town Hall, October 4, 2018
Tamika Mallory, co-chair of the Women’s March, told a group protesting Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court that “white women were laughing” when President Trump appeared to mock Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. She also argued that the white women at the rally needed to go home and urge their families to vote differently, saying, “do not allow people to be comfortable around you supporting racists and bigots.”
“When he was mocking her there were people laughing,” she said of Trump’s rally. “There were people laughing and you know I’m the resident ‘check white women’ person in the Women’s March so let me tell you who was laughing: white women was standing there laughing with their white husbands.”
“White women were laughing so let me explain to you what I mean by that because I know those white women are not standing here with us today,” she said. “It means that 94 percent of black women went to the polls for Hillary Clinton, someone who looks like you. Your people did not show up. We got this. Black women are in control and we got this. We need you to go back home and get your cousins and your sisters and your mama and the people in your community. Don’t worry about telling us what we need to do, you have work to do ladies and gentlemen, get your people.”
Mallory concluded by telling those gathered to make people voting the “wrong” way uncomfortable.
As we go towards the midterm elections, if someone in your family even remotely seems like they may go the wrong way you need to be sure that you turn up on them at the dinner table,” she urged. “Do not allow people to be comfortable around you supporting racists and bigots, it is not okay.”
Tamika Mallory came under scrutiny in the spring for her ties to Louis Farrakhan, the anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.
Editor’s Note: Upon hearing of Senator Susan Collins’ intention to vote “yes” on Brett Kavanaugh, Women’s March leader Linda Sarsour had this to say:
Senator Susan Collins is the mother & grandmother of white women in America who gave us a Donald Trump presidency. The 53%.
She is a disgrace & her legacy will be that she was a traitor to women and marginalized communities. History will not treat her kindly. #CancelKanavaugh
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) October 5, 2018