Left-wing activist Linda Sarsour–the founder of the so-called Woman’s March–has deep ties to the father of a terrorist who allegedly was training children to shoot up schools in New Mexico.
Last week, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, 39, was arrested in Taos, New Mexico. At the time, police found him living in squalor with 11 children and a stash of weapons. They believe that Wahhaj was training the children to be school shooters.
Wahhaj’s father, Imam Siraj Wahhaj, runs a mosque in Brooklyn, New York, as is rumored to have terror ties of his own: allegedly, the elder Wahhaj is an “unindicted co-conspirator” in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The elder Wahhaj’s terror ties haven’t stopped Sarsour from heaping praise on him–calling him a “mentor” at the Islamic Society of North America conference last year.
She said: “My favorite person in this room, that’s mutual, is Imam Siraj Wahhaj, who has been a mentor, and motivator and encourager of mine, someone who has taught me to speak truth to power and not worry about the consequences, someone who has taught me we are on this earth to please Allah, and only Allah, that we are not here to please any man or women on this Earth, so I’m grateful to you, Imam Siraj… I’m grateful to you Imam Siraj, God bless you and protect you for a long time because we need you now more than ever.
Sarsour has also quoted or reference Wahhaj multiple times on Twitter–calling him an “amazing man.”
A spokesperson for the elder Wahhaj’s mosque, however, has pushed back on the terror allegations for both Wahhajs.
“They’re not bringing up accurate events — they’re bringing up false narratives,” said mosque spokesperson Ali Abdul-Karim Judan, adding that “they’re trying to create an atmosphere where his son is involved with an extremist radical group.”