Ben & Jerry’s released a new flavor supporting groups fighting President Trump, including one with ties to Louis Farrakhan.
The Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday that Vermont-based ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s released a new flavor to show its support for groups fighting President Donald Trump’s agenda, including the Women’s March, a group whose leaders enjoy ties to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
“Today we launch Pecan Resist! This flavor supports groups creating a more just and equitable nation for us all, and who are fighting President Trump’s regressive agenda,” Ben & Jerry’s tweeted.
According to Ben & Jerry’s website, “Women’s March is committed to harnessing the political power of diverse women and their communities to create transformative social change.”
The Washington Free Beacon reports that the company also tweeted images of progressive leaders, including Linda Sarsour, a national organizer of the Women’s March and prominent anti-Zionist who once said “nothing is creepier than Zionism.” In 2015, Sarsour spoke at a Nation Of Islam event where she attacked Israel, the Free Beacon reports. She has also expressed the believe that anti-Semitism is less serious a phenomenon than anti-black racism or Islamophobia.
Sarsour isn’t the only Women’s March leader with links to Farrakhan, the Free Beacon notes. Tamika Mallory, the movement’s co-president, was in attendance at the Nation of Islam’s annual Saviours’ Day event where Farrakhan launched into an ugly anti-Semitic attack against “that Satanic Jew,” whom he called “the mother and father of apartheid.” He declared: “When you want something in this world, the Jew holds the door.”
The Free Beacon said that the Independent Journal Review on Tuesday asked Ben & Jerry’s about the close ties of Women’s March leaders to Farrakhan. The ice cream company responded:
“We’re comfortable with the idea that the people and the causes we partner with may have a point of view different from our own on some issues. They can be controversial, just as we can. Linda may not agree with everything we’ve done. But the work that she has done to promote women’s rights, as co-chair of the Women’s March, is undeniably important and we are proud to join her in that effort.”
Ben & Jerry’s attached a statement from Sarsour: “We recommit ourselves to dismantling anti-Semitism and all forms of racism.”
As the Free Beacon report notes, Ben & Jerry’s has a long history of pushing progressive causes through its products. The name of one flavor, Chubby Hubby changed to “Hubby Hubby” in 2009 to celebrate the legalization of same-sex marriage in Vermont. Chocolate fudge brownie became “Food Fight Fudge Brownie” in support of GMO labeling. “Empowermint” in 2016 was meant to promote voting rights.
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