The Women’s March co-founder, Tamika Mallory, came under fire on Monday’s episode of “The View” for her relationship with Minister Louis Farrakhan and again displayed her refusal to condemn his anti-Semitic statements.
Mallory, joined by her fellow co-founder, Bob Bland was with the ladies of “The View” yesterday to discuss their movement and the recent controversies surrounding it.
Co-host, Sunny Hostin kicked off the exchange by addressing Mallory’s ties with the Nation of Islam leader and a recent Instagram post.
“Tamika, you came under some fire for your relationship with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,” Hostin began. “He’s known for being anti-Semitic, for being homophobic, but you do attend his events, and you posted… a photo calling him the G.O.A.T., which means the greatest of all time. You are running an organization that says it fights bigotry. Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?”
Mallory tried to justify her actions by saying she needs to go into some spaces as a black leader and that “just because you go into a space with someone that does not mean that you agree with everything that they say.”
When Hostin insisted: “Why call him the greatest of all time?” Mallory replied:
“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric. I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”
At this point, another co-host, Meghan McCain chimed in with some quotes from an investigative piece by Tablet Magazine:
“I would never be comfortable supporting someone who [said] ‘I am not anti-Semite, I am an anti-termite. It is the wicked Jews, the false Jews promoting lesbianism, homosexuality.'”
McCain continued to quote the report that included more anti-Semitic statements, prompting Mallory to fire back, saying they did not make those remarks.
“But you’re associating with a man who does, publicly,” McCain said pointedly.
“What I will say to you is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” Mallory offered, refusing to respond in the affirmative when McCain asked if she meant statements “specifically about Jewish people.”
McCain then asked the big question:
“Do you condemn them?”
Mallory again avoided answering in the affirmative, choosing to repeat her earlier response:
“I don’t agree with these statements.”
McCain then concluded:
“You won’t condemn it.”
The Women’s March, as a group, has been repeatedly accused of anti-Semitism. According to The Washington Times in a December 2018 article, some of the issues linking the movement to those accusations include:
The most recent incident that sparked fresh outrage was Mallory suggesting in one of her statements that white Jews contribute to white supremacy.
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