NATION: Candidate: Women's March is not a domestic "hate group"
NATION: SC-3 Candidate Mary Geren Strongly Condemns Jeff Duncan’s Labeling of the Women’s March on Washington D.C. as a ‘Hate Group’
Anderson - In a comment on Jeff Duncan’s official Facebook page, the representative from South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District called the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. a hate group.
“I am worried about the hate groups here at home. The antisemitism of the left’s Women’s March is very concerning!” Jeff Duncan stated in the comment.
“Today’s comment on social media from Jeff Duncan showcases, yet again, his lack of leadership, tact, and professionalism, not to mention his ignorance concerning the purpose of the Women’s March. Clearly, Duncan has made no effort to understand why millions of men, women, children, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents marched across the country and the world on January 21, 2017,” stated Mary Geren, candidate for South Carolina’s 3rd Congressional District. “I seriously doubt he is even aware of the thousands of participants from his own district in South Carolina, including my daughter and me. How dare he even suggest we are anti-Semitic or a part of a ‘hate group’.
“His comments today show his consistent behavior of pandering to an extreme base of the far-right movement and his inability to effectively lead. The Women’s March on Washington, D.C. is not a hate group. It was the largest march on Washington in U.S. history and began the movement that is continuing to unfold before us, one that promotes equality and safety for women in the workplace, at school, home and in their communities. These comments seriously call into question Jeff’s ability to lead SC-3 without planting more division in an already divided nation.
“I am calling on the Congressman to apologize to all participants of the Women’s March on Washington, including my daughter, myself, as well as my Jewish friend and her daughter, who were marching in solidarity alongside us. To call us anti-Semitic and part of a ‘hate group’ is irresponsible and inexcusable.”
About Mary Geren
Geren is a resident of Anderson, a wife and mother. Both of her children have attended publicly funded schools. She is a Clemson University graduate and an educator at Tri-County Technical College.