In a tense exchange on “The View,” co-host Meghan McCain confronted Tamika Mallory about her support of Louis Farrakhan, the Nation of Islam leader known for his history of virulent anti-Semitic comments. Mallory’s response is sure to add fuel to accusations that she is too soft on Farrakhan and has not sufficiently condemned anti-Semitism.
“I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” Mallory said in the exchange.
“Specifically about Jewish people?” McCain asked.
“As I said, I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” Mallory responded.
“Do you condemn them?” McCain asked.
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“I don’t agree with these statements …” Mallory said.
“You won’t condemn it,” McCain interjected.
“No, no, to be very clear, it’s not my language, it’s not the way that I speak,” Mallory responded.
Co-host Sunny Hostin had previously asked Mallory about her labeling of Farrakhan as the GOAT, an acronym for the “greatest of all time,” in a Facebook post from 2017.
“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,” she said to audience applause.
McCain then brought up a recent Tablet magazine article alleging that Mallory and Women’s March co-founder Carmen Perez made anti-Semitic comments at an early Women’s March meeting. Another Women’s March co-founder, Bob Bland, said the sources referenced in the Tablet article “did not tell the truth.”
Bland went further, saying the Women’s March unequivocally condemns anti-Semitism. When McCain asked if she specifically condemns Farrakhan’s remarks about Jews, she said yes — something Mallory failed to do at any point in the interview.