comScore

Meghan McCain Clashes With Women’s March Leaders Over Farrakhan’s Anti-Semitism: ‘You Won’t Condemn It!’

The View‘s Meghan McCain clashed with two leaders of the Women’s March on Monday over allegations of anti-Semitism within the organization and their ties to famous bigot Louis Farrakhan — who got some applause from the View audience.

Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland — who organized the massive Washington D.C. Women’s March in 2017 — appeared on The View to talk about the future of their organization as it weathers controversies.

“There has been some controversy surrounding the Women’s March organization,” The View‘s Sunny Hostin noted. She pointed out that Mallory has come under fire for her support of Farrakhan, a noted Adolf Hitler enthusiast.

“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,” Mallory replied. “As a leader, as 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, I go into a lot of difficult spaces.”

“I wrote a piece immediately following the beginning of this controversy talking about wherever my people are, that’s where I must also be,” she said, adding that she has also visited prisons. “Just because you go into a space with someone does not mean that you agree with everything that they say.”

Hostin pointed out that Mallory called Farrakhan “the GOAT” (Greatest Of All Time) in an Instagram post with him.

“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric, I called him the greatest of all time for what he’s done in black communities,” she replied, as The View‘s audience applauded.

After the audience stopped applauding, View host Meghan McCain began listing off some fun Farrakhan quotes: “I’m not anti-Semite, I’m anti-termite”; “It’s the wicked Jews, the false Jews, that are promoting lesbianism.”

“A lot of people — and by a lot of people I include myself — think you’re using your organization as anti-Semitism masked in activism and you’re using identity politics to shield yourself from criticism,” she charged.

McCain brought up a bombshell Tablet investigation of the Women’s March that reported on anti-Semitism within the organization.

“Those allegations are not true,” Bland replied of the report.

McCain asked if the writers of the piece were lying, and Bland shot back that their sources did not tell the truth.

“I’ll be very clear in this room, that the Women’s March unequivocally condemns anti-Semitism, bigotry,” Bland said.

“Do you condemn Farrakhan’s remarks about Jewish people?” McCain asked.

“Yes, and we have repeatedly, in statement after statement this year, which are available directly on our website for anyone to read,” Bland replied.

Mallory was less explicit.

“What I will say to you is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” Mallory said.

“Do you condemn them?” McCain asked.

“I don’t agree with these statements,” Mallory repeated.

“You won’t condemn it,” McCain noted.

“To be clear, it is not my language, it is not the way that I speak,” Mallory insisted.

At the end of the interview, Whoopi Goldberg asked Mallory about stepping down from her leadership position.

“I am willing to lead until my term at Women’s March is up,” Mallory said.

Watch above, via ABC.

Have a tip we should know? tips@mediaite.com

Filed Under:

Follow Mediaite:


Aidan McLaughlin is the Managing Editor of Mediaite. Send tips via email: aidan@mediaite.com or via Signal: 917-817-8266. Follow him on Twitter: @aidnmclaughlin