Tamika Mallory, co-founder of the Women’s March, was heavily condemned by The View’s Meghan McCain on Monday for her support of Louis Farrakhan.
Mallory has come under fire previously regarding her association with the controversial Nation of Islam leader.
Recently, Teresa Shook, the March’s founder, called for co-chairs Mallory, Bob Bland, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez to step down from their positions, chastising their camaraderie with the openly anti-Semitic and homophobic leader.
The quartet responded by acknowledging they’ve caused harm with their connections to Farrakhan but are nonetheless committed to learning and building a successful intersectional movement through the Women's March.
On Monday, the reproach was no longer coming from Shook, but the ladies of the popular ABC morning talk show.
“He’s known for being anti-Semitic, for being homophobic, but you do attend his events and you posted, I believe, a photo together calling him the GOAT, which means the greatest of all time," former CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said. "You are running an organization that says it fights bigotry. Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?”
Mallory, who sat alongside fellow co-chair Bland, denounced his rhetoric but maintained that he was the greatest of all time because of his work in Black communities. But McCain, a former Fox News host, did not let up.
“I would never be comfortable supporting someone who said, ‘I am not anti-Semite, I am an anti-termite,” McCain said, referring to a speech that Farrakhan posted on Twitter.
I'm not an anti-Semite. I’m anti-Termite. pic.twitter.com/L5dPQcnVg4
— MINISTER FARRAKHAN (@LouisFarrakhan) October 16, 2018
“The Women’s March unequivocally commends anti-Semitism, bigotry…and we have repeatedly. We condemn any statements of hate,” interjected Bland.
“We did not make those remarks,” added the 38-year-old.
McCain still did not let up.
“But you’re associating with a man who does, publicly…you won’t condemn it,” she added.
“To be very clear, it’s not the way that I speak, it is not how I organize,” Mallory responded. “I think it's very clear over the 20 years of my own personal activism, my own personal track record, who I am, and that I should never be judged through the lens of a man.”
The heated debate was cut short after co-host Whoopi Goldberg stepped in for one final question.
“My last question is do you understand why people feel that you stepping down might put some air between all of this,” Goldberg said.
“I’m willing to lead at Women’s March until my time is up,” Mallory concluded.
Watch the full segment below:
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