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Whatever Happened to Linda Sarsour? New York Times Says Russian Trolls Got Her.



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What ever happened to Linda Sarsour? In a lengthy and weepy Sunday feature, the New York Times lamented the downfall of its golden girl: “In 2015, when she was 35, a New York Times profile anointed her — a ‘Brooklyn Homegirl in a Hijab’ — as something rare, a potential Arab American candidate for elected office.” But now, their once-rising star has fallen resoundingly, dismissed from the Women’s March for her vicious and open antisemitism and no longer the media darling she once was. The Times, in trying to polish Sarsour’s tarnished reputation on Sunday, came up with a novel explanation for her downfall: it wasn’t because her Jew hatred was too extreme even for the Left. It was because Linda Sarsour was the target of “Russian trolls.” What’s next, New York Times? Space aliens stole her brain?

The New York Times has published a lot of ridiculous articles in its day, but this is one of the most ridiculous ever. It portrays Sarsour, who has for the most part led a charmed life as a heroine of the Leftist intelligentsia, as the poor victim not just of the sinister “alt-right,” but of those sinister all-purpose bogeymen of Vladimir Putin who, in the fever dreams of the hard Left, gave us the Trump presidency.

These “Russian trolls” supposedly spread material about Sarsour that was “inflammatory and based on falsehoods.” The problem the Times’ Ellen Barry has, however, is that the things about Sarsour that Barry says are “inflammatory and based on falsehoods” are actually true.

Barry repeats some of the claims of these “Russian trolls,” and they all are far more accurate than Barry would have us believe. Is Linda Sarsour a “radical Islamist”? Well, she hasn’t flown any planes into skyscrapers, but on Sept. 22, 2011, Sarsour tweeted: “shariah law is reasonable and once u read into the details it makes a lot of sense. People just know the basics.” Her position didn’t change over time. On May 12, 2015, she tweeted: “If you are still paying interest than [sic] Sharia Law hasn’t taken over America. #justsaying.” And on April 10, 2016, Sarsour tweeted about Sharia again: “Sharia Law is misunderstood & has been pushed as some evil Muslim agenda.”

Is Sarsour a “a pro-ISIS Anti USA Jew Hating Muslim” who “was seen flashing the ISIS sign”? She has said that “nothing is creepier than Zionism” and has equated it with “racism.” She is an enthusiastic supporter of the “Palestinian” jihad against Israel and has even claimed that feminists cannot and must not support Israel.

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