Tamika Mallory, co-founder of the left-leaning Women’s March, appeared in a cringeworthy segment on “The View” Monday, where she refused to condemn Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic record.
During a heated confrontation with co-host Meghan McCain, one of the talk show’s two conservative hosts, Mallory would not clearly condemn Farrakhan’s attacks on Jewish people despite being given multiple opportunities to do so.
Women's March co-president @TamikaDMallory on her association with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has routinely spoken disparagingly about Jews, and if she condemns his statements: "I don't agree with many of Minister Farrakhan's statements." https://t.co/f8u2wc159S pic.twitter.com/I4py6l3bN7
— The View (@TheView) January 14, 2019
Instead, Mallory sidestepped the simple question by telling McCain she doesn’t “agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements.”
The Nation of Islam leader has a very long history of making racist, anti-Semitic, and misogynist remarks. In October, he took a swipe at those who dismiss him as anti-Semitic, telling rally-goers during an event in Detroit that he’s just “anti-termite.”
“To the members of the Jewish community that don’t like me, thank you very much for putting my name all over the planet,” Farrakhan said during his hateful speech. “Because of your fear of what we [the Nation of Islam] represent, I can go anywhere in the world and they’ve heard of Farrakhan. Thank you very much. I’m not mad at you, ’cuz you’re so stupid.”
Even the left-leaning Southern Poverty Law Center classifies Farrakhan as an “extremist” who “routinely accuses Jews of manipulating the U.S. government and controlling the levers of world power.”
What else did Mallory say?
Apparently, none of that matters to the Women’s March co-founder, who earlier in her appearance on “The View” fawned over Farrakhan for what the detestable religious leader has done for the black community.
“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,” Mallory told co-host Sunny Hostin, who questioned the progressive activist for her adoration of Farrakhan.
Women's March President Tamika Mallory defends calling anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan the "greatest of all time"
"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" pic.twitter.com/C07I6t2x7f
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 14, 2019
Hostin called Mallory’s close relationship with Farrakhan “quite problematic.”
Also during the conversation, McCain told Mallory, “A lot of people — and by ‘a lot of people’ I include me in this — think you’re using your organization as anti-Semitism masked in activism and that you’re using identity politics to shield yourself from critiques.”
“You’re talking about all women being included in that march,” she continued. “I’m pro-life — we were not invited. We were not allowed at that march right there. I’m a conservative woman. If you’re talking about all women, include Jewish women as well as conservative women.”
At the very end of the segment, lead co-host Whoopi Goldberg asked Mallory if she would step aside given her troublesome connections to Farrakhan. Mallory said she has no intention of resigning her leadership role.