Over the past few days, Democratic lawmakers and Women’s March organizers have come under fire for their association with Minister Louis Farrakhan. Meanwhile, conservative media has criticized the mainstream press — with the notable exception of CNN’s Jake Tapper — for largely ignoring the controversy over Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism.
During today’s broadcast of The View, the panel addressed Farrakhan’s hateful rhetoric about Jews and how Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory has been roundly criticized for attending a speech in which the Nation of Islam leader said time was up for “satanic Jews” and “white folks are going down.” The hosts debated whether Mallory should be taken out of her leadership position and if she was guilty by association.
“It’s not just that she attended,” co-host Meghan McCain stated. “She posted a photo to Instagram calling Farrakhan G.O.A.T. which means greatest of all time.”
Noting that the photo shows Mallory has an affinity for Farrakhan, she went on to state that this speaks to the inclusivity and exclusivity of the Women’s March and why many women are may not want to identify as feminists.
To provide Mallory’s point of view, co-host Joy Behar read a statement from Mallory in which the activist credited the Nation of Islam for providing support to her after the murder of her son’s father 17 years ago.
McCain reacted by highlighting that the panel had previously had a conversation about CPAC attendees who were Nazi-friendly before pointing out Farrakhan’s comments in which he’s called Hitler a “very great man.
“This is black and white,” she exclaimed. “It’s simple, you think Hitler is a great man, don’t associate with that person. There should be no normalizing of this one way or the other.”
After guest Valerie Jarrett jumped in to say that leaders sometimes have to work with people they disagree with, using the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch as her own personal example, McCain shot back that those comparisons were unfair.
“I think it’s dangerous to say the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch are in any way the same as Louis Farrakhan,” McCain declared.
She continued, “There’s a difference between meeting with someone who was a hate leader — like I wouldn’t meet with David Duke. There are people I would not meet with, period. He is in the same vein, to me, as David Duke. If you are so hateful and you think Hitler was a great man, I don’t think you deserve a platform.”
Watch the clip above, via ABC.
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