‘Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?…’
(Michael Barnes, Liberty Headlines) Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory walked into a buzz saw of criticism Monday morning on ABC’s “The View,” over her outspoken support for Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan — a rabid anti-Semite, homophobe and racist.
“Tamika, you came under some fire for your relationship with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,” said View co-host Sunny Hostin.
“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,” Hostin continued before pointing out the stunning contraction that Mallory’s Women’s March movement claims to fight against bigotry.
“Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?” Hostin asked.
Mallory defended her embrace of Farrakhan, saying, “I think it’s important to put my attendance, my presence at Savior’s Day, which is the highest holy day for the Nation of Islam, in proper context.”
She said it’s important for her to go into “difficult spaces,” and that Farrakhan is the “greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”
But during the Feb. 2018 Savior’s Day sermon, which Mallory was present for, Farrakhan launched into a tirade against “powerful Jews” and said they were his enemies.
Referring to Jews, Farrakhan said they were “responsible for all of this filth and degenerate behavior that Hollywood is putting out turning men into women and women into men,” reported the New York Times.
The Times noted that Mallory both attended the spectacle and refused to comment, except for saying that she has attended Savior’s Day for 30 years. Notably, a picture of Barack Obama embracing Louis Farrakhan surfaced a month earlier, in Jan. 2018.
On Monday, it was more of the same from Mallory. When pressed, she told Hostin, “Just because you go into a space with someone that does not mean that you agree with everything that they say.”
Co-host Meghan McCain, the conservative daughter of the late Republican Sen. John McCain, put the matter more bluntly.
“I would never be comfortable supporting someone who said, ‘I’m not anti-Semite, I’m anti-termite. It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews that are promoting lesbianism and homosexuality,” McCain said while quoting Farrakhan.
McCain then hit Mallory and the Women’s March where it hurts.
“A lot of people, 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,” she said.
The Women’s March is a left-wing activist organization that organized mass protests against President Donald Trump beginning in January 2017.
Co-founder Linda Sarsour is also an accused anti-Semite. Sarsour is of Palestinian origin, and regularly denounces Israel and is a vocal supporter of the BDS movement, or the boycott divestment sanction movement to economically punish the Jewish state.
The American Jewish Committee has condemned her for criticizing “folks who masquerade as progressives but always choose their allegiance to Israel over their commitment to democracy and free speech.”
McCain pressed Women’s March co-chair Bob Bland to see if she would expressly condemn Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic, which he’s been spouting for decades.
“Yes, and we have repeatedly,” Bland said, adding “we condemn any statements of hate.”
Tamika Mallory remained silent.
When McCain asked Mallory if she condemned Farrakhan’s vehement anti-Semitism, Mallory refused and instead said, “It’s not the way that I speak.”
“You won’t condemn it,” McCain said.