‘The View’ Clashes with Women’s March Leaders: ‘You Won’t Condemn’ Anti-Semitism
Meghan McCain went after Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland over their controversial association with Louis Farrakhan
ABC News’ “The View” co-host Meghan McCain (shown above, far right) passionately confronted two of the Women’s March co-founders about their association with controversial Nation of Islam (NOI) leader Louis Farrakhan and his anti-Semitic rhetoric and bigotry ahead of this year’s march, which takes place January 19.
Farrakhan has a history of making anti-Semitic remarks, such as calling “the powerful Jews” his enemy and calling Jews “termites.”
But Women’s March leaders — such as Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez — appeared to have no qualms in making joint appearances alongside Farrakhan.
Some people have even called for the four leaders to step down from their positions.
The pushback spurred the organization to issue a few statements condemning Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic remarks and bigotry in all its forms.
Women’s March co-presidents Mallory (pictured above left) and Bland (above center) appeared Monday on “The View.” The conversation began to sour after “The View” co-host Sunny Hostin confronted them about the “controversy surrounding the Women’s March organization” stemming from the leaders’ “relationship with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.”
“Now, he’s known for being anti-Semitic, for being homophobic, but you do attend his events and you posted, I believe, a photo together calling him the G.O.A.T., which means the ‘Greatest Of All Time,'” Hostin noted. “And you are running an organization that says it fights bigotry. Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?”
Mallory urged “The View” co-hosts to put her joint appearances with Farrakhan “in proper context” because she is a “black leader in a country that is still dealing with some very serious unresolved issues as it relates to the black experience in this country.”
Mallory claimed she goes “into a lot of difficult spaces,” saying that “just because you go into a space with someone does not mean that you agree with everything that they say.”
After Hostin pushed back on that and asked Mallory why she called Farrakhan the “Greatest Of All Time,” she 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.”
McCain then argued that she “would never be comfortable supporting someone who” uttered such anti-Semitic remarks as Farrakhan.
“Now a lot of people … think that you’re using your organization as anti-Semitism masked in activism and that you’re using identity politics to shield yourself from critiques,” McCain charged. “You’re talking about all women being invited to that march. I’m pro-life. We were not invited — we were not allowed at that march right there.”
Bland said it is “important for us to understand” that “the Women’s March unequivocally condemns anti-Semitism” and “bigotry” in all forms.
“Do you condemn Farrakhan’s remarks about Jewish people?” McCain demanded of her.
Bland replied, “Yes.”
But Mallory failed to condemn Farrakhan’s remarks when McCain asked her if she would.
“What I will say to you is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” Mallory said.
McCain pressed, “Specifically about Jewish people?”
Mallory replied, “As I said, I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.”
“Do you condemn them?” McCain demanded.
Mallory replied, “I don’t agree with these statements.”
“You won’t condemn it,” McCain continued.
Mallory, “No, no, no. To be very clear, it’s not my language. It’s not the way that I speak. It is not how I organize.”
Mallory insisted that she “should never be judged through the lens of a man.”
McCain shot back, “I don’t want to be judged through the lens of something that’s speaking for all women when you’re associating with extreme anti-Semitism.”
As the contentious segment drew to a close, co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Mallory if she understands “why people feel that you stepping down might put some air between all of this before a conversation can continue?”
Mallory replied, “I also deal with people who don’t want me to step down. And so there’s both sides of that. There are people who actually support my leadership and I am willing to lead until my term at Women’s March is up.”
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