At this writing, much is breathlessly being reported of another "secret" meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The problem in trying to delegitimize Trump through his alleged nefarious associations is that the meeting in question occurred at a dinner with more than 100 international guests in attendance at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Yet, we can gain information about associations by examining a recent event and the monumental levels of hypocrisy demonstrated. The embrace of a cop-killing domestic terrorist by a leftist women's group which protests the National Rifle Association for its violence is a splendid example.
A few weeks back, the Women's March, a group led by four women from four distinct organizations, assembled for activism at the national headquarters of the National Rifle Association to show dissent. Linda Sarsour, who recently called for "jihad" in America, stepped the group off in its protest against an ad campaign of the NRA, which had called for its membership to meet organized resistance on the left with organized resistance from the right. Yet, the activists echoing the Democratic Party's platform against the Second Amendment deemed that call to action as a call for violence.
Who is Sarsour, the co-chair of this left-leaning women's march? She's the individual who made these remarks during the first week of July: "I hope that we when we stand up to those who oppress our communities that Allah accepts from us that as a form of jihad. That we are struggling against tyrants and rulers not only abroad in the Middle East or in the other side of the world, but here in these United States of America where you have fascists and white supremacists and Islamophobes reigning in the White House. Our number one and top priority is to protect and defend our community, it is not to assimilate and please any other people and authority."
Miss Sarsour's own unedited words demonstrate her disdain through inflammatory calls to action. Ironically, the Women's March organization demands rights for women, the oppressed and the LGBTQIA community. Yet, Sarsour's support of and work to establish sharia law in the U.S. also means some of the very aggrieved folks she claims to represent - including victims of rape and any who engage in non-heterosexual relations - may have to die in honor killings due to the conflict of the teachings of her faith.
It appears the Women's March's "intersectional platform" is quite perpendicular in its consistency to its leadership.
The NRA protest began at the gun rights organization's office in Fairfax, Va., with the coalition marching into Washington, D.C., waving handwritten signs that declared: "Real Men Don't Need Guns," "The NRA doesn't respect women's rights" and "The NRA is full of bigots." While their signs spoke harshly of guns, the mass of dissenters was accompanied by armed security and "protective vehicles."
So, the clear message is we don't want anyone armed for personal safety except those protecting us, right?
But, does the hypocrisy stop here? Nope.
Just days after this protected cavalcade of the afflicted, this same Women's March, apparently committed to nonviolent advocacy, issued in its publicity efforts birthday wishes for a cop-killer found on the FBI's most-wanted terrorist list, Assata Shakur (at birth, Joanne Chesimard).
Ms. Chesimard, a member of the Black Liberation Army, was sprung from a New Jersey prison while serving a life sentence for her roles in several felonies but was caught when one state trooper was wounded and a second murdered, execution-style, in a traffic stop.
Yes, birds of a feather flock together. Just save your moral high ground.
Robin Smith, a former Tennessee Republican Party chairwoman, owns Rivers Edge Alliance.