REP LIEU STATEMENT ON AAJC AWARD TO LINDA SARSOUR
WASHINGTON – Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D-Los Angeles County) issued the following statement:
“In October 2017, I was asked by the Asian American Justice Committee (AAJC) to celebrate the efforts of the Women’s March by presenting an award to one of the co-organizers, Ms. Sarsour. Although this was over a year ago, I hope to clear up any continued confusion that I selected Ms. Sarsour as the recipient of this award. I did not. I also did not know who Ms. Sarsour was, and met her for the first time at the AAJC event.
I presented the award because I believed then – as I do now – that the Women’s March was an incredibly inspirational opportunity for women, and all Americans, to come together to make America a more perfect union. At that time, I was unaware of Ms. Sarsour’s controversial statements and associations. I was later shown various statements she has made and realized that presenting her with an award for the Women's March could be construed as an endorsement of her beliefs. It was not. Throughout my career, I have always fought injustice and bigotry, including anti-Semitism and religious intolerance, and I will continue to do so. I unequivocally condemn any beliefs or statements to the contrary.”
I support the principles of the Women’s March, which motivated millions of people to engage in political activism and champion causes like women’s equality and social justice. The failure by the Women’s March founders like Linda Sarsour and other to adequately denounce Louis Farrakhan and his hateful, anti-Semitic views is deeply disturbing and unacceptable. Farrakhan’s odious beliefs and comments run counter to my deeply held beliefs that all people should be treated with respect and dignity. We must do all we can to fight bigotry and religious intolerance. Anti-Semitism has a long and vile history, and continues to be a grave problem we must address head-on. I remain committed to fighting against hate in all forms.”