The Women’s March leadership team has been dodging criticisms for its ties to anti-Semites like Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, but organization co-president Tamika Mallory wasn’t able to dodge “The View” co-host Meghan McCain.
Mallory and her leadership partner, Linda Sarsour, have been in the spotlight for the past several weeks, and it isn’t because their annual Women’s March is around the corner.
I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. pic.twitter.com/L5dPQcnVg4
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) October 16, 2018
Mallory caused some jaws to drop when she posted a picture of her and Farrakhan to her Instagram and called him “the GOAT” (greatest of all time) in the caption.
Beyond the ties to Farrakhan, there have also been reports that the leadership team pushed out some members because of their Jewish heritage.
These anti-Semitic ties were met with a weak defense from Mallory and Sarsour. Although the Women’s March website details a strong condemnation of anti-Semitism, Sarsour defended her relationship with Farrakhan in a blog post.
Tamika and I are women with our own agency. We speak for ourselves and ourselves alone. We are being stripped of our agency when every few months we are asked to condemn the Minister about words that we did not say, nonetheless the words of a man who did not consult us on his words. We are being held to standards that no one would hold themselves to.
These botched responses to their crisis of anti-Semitism have resulted in many local Women’s Marches cutting ties with the national organization, as IJR previously reported.
Mallory joined the ladies of “The View” to explain her relationship with Farrakhan and attempt to defuse the situation.
“Just because you go into a space with someone does not mean that you agree with everything that they say,” Mallory said.
She also defended calling him the “greatest of all time.”
“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric,” Mallory said. “I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”
McCain didn’t let this comment go uncontested.
Watch the video below:
.@TamikaDMallory: I didn't call Farrakhan the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric, I called him that because of what he's done for black communities.@MeghanMcCain blasts her for praising him, as well as the rejection of conservative women by @womensmarch pic.twitter.com/8Ez8xgLKif
— David Rutz (@DavidRutz) January 14, 2019
“A lot of people — by a lot of people, I include me in this — think that you’re using your organization as anti-Semitism masked in activism and that you’re using identity politics to shield yourself from critiques,” McCain said.
McCain also echoed the sentiments of many conservative women who don’t feel welcomed by the march, including several women that IJR spoke to.
“You talk about all women being invited to that march, I’m pro-life. We were not invited,” McCain said. “We were not allowed at that march right there. I’m a conservative woman. If you’re talking about women, you’re talking about all women, including Jewish women as well and conservative women. ”
The 2019 National Women’s March will take place on January 19.