White House ‘denounces’ DC official’s praise of antisemite Louis Farrakhan

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First on the fox: The White House has deplored a Washington official’s praise of leader Louis Farrakhan, known as anti-Semitism and the Nation of Islam. Office of Vice President Kamala Harris He took a more general approach to condemning anti-Semitism after meeting with the official several times.

Cora Masters Barry, a designated official serving under D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, found herself in the press earlier this month after Farrakhan lavished praise At a special ceremony to honor her late husband, D.C. Mayor Marion Barry.

At the event, Farrakhan paid tribute to the late Mayor of the capital, Marion Barry, and paid tribute to his widow, with Barry responding with praise and calling the well-known antisemitic a “friend” and “family member” while also telling him “I love you more than words will ever say.”

The event video is six minutes long, posted by him Tryon White, a member of the embattled DC Council.Farrakhan, who has espoused anti-Semitic rhetoric dating back decades, including calling Jews “evil” and comparing them to termites as “anti-termite,” is shown speaking to dozens of people at the Congress Cemetery.

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Cora Masters Barry, seen on the podium, hailed Farrakhan as a “friend” and “family member” while speaking at a special ceremony in memory of her late husband, former Democratic Mayor Marion Barry.
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White House spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital that President Biden “owes any praise” to Farrakhan or his speech, including praise from Barry.

“As President Biden has always done and as Karen repeated this morning, ‘we need to advocate anti-Semitism everywhere it raises its ugly head,” Bates said. Both parties are doing it.”

“It also condemns any praise or hateful and anti-Semitic values ​​of Louis Farrakhan, including in this case,” Bates added.

White House spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital that President Biden, pictured here, "denounce any praise" From Farrakhan or his speech, including praises from Bari.

White House spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News Digital that President Biden, pictured here, “owes any praise” to Farrakhan or his speech, including praise from Barry.
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Bates also referred to Biden 1984 bipartisan Senate amendment Condemns Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic rhetoric.

In addition, a White House spokesperson told Fox News Digital that elected officials from both parties across the country come to the White House on an official mission and that this never means that the administration agrees with all of their views.

When asked by Harris’s office for comment, he made a public condemnation of anti-Semitism but made no mention of Pari’s praise of Farrakhan.

“The vice president has been and will always condemn anti-Semitism and hate in all its forms,” ​​Harris’ spokeswoman, Kirsten Allen, told Fox News Digital.

Allen too Referred to Harris Record Fighting anti-Semitism in her era.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has a long history of antisemitic rhetoric that goes back decades.

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has a long history of antisemitic rhetoric that goes back decades.
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Neither the White House nor Harris’ office responded to a Fox News Digital question about whether Barry would be invited to return to the White House.

Barry is an appointed Mayor by Metropolitan Municipality Muriel Bowser and currently serves as CEO of the Entertainment Wish List Committee. In 2021, Boozer said she was “grateful for women” like Barry and said she would “stand with them,” referring to Barry and Dr. Natalie Hopkinson, after the council chair, Phil Mendelson, a Democrat, initially barred them to reconsider work on the Arts and Sciences Committee. humanity in the capital. A backlash ensued, resulting in them remaining on the committee after the council vote.

Barry, who has donated $500 to both Biden’s presidential campaign and the Biden Victory Fund, has visited the White House at least four times since Biden and Harris took office. The D.C. official made headlines after meeting Vice President Harris when her earlier comments attacking white women resurfaced.

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Vice President Kamala Harris, pictured here, has met Cora Masters Barry at least twice since last summer.

Vice President Kamala Harris, pictured here, has met Cora Masters Barry at least twice since last summer.
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Barry began by saying in a November 2020 Zoom call video with Melanie Campbell, “F—white women,” before correcting herself. “Oops—forget the white women. They’ll do what the white men tell them to do.”

“They’re smiling, they want to stay in power,” Barry continued, with Campbell’s positive reaction in the background. “I don’t give a damn about them, we have to do what we have to do.”

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She also attacked the then-President Trump’s supporters, comparing them to the Ku Klux Klan by saying, “I’m not saying everyone who voted for Trump wears a white sheet, but they got one in their wardrobe and it shows when I start messing with the economic value or the balance of power.”

Barry also said at the time that should Biden win the 2020 election, her group “must start organizing to make sure the next president of the United States is a black woman.”

Bowser and Barry’s office did not respond to Fox News Digital’s inquiries.

Fox News Digital’s Cameron Cawthorne contributed reporting.

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