Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory was criticized Monday on "The View" for her prior comments referring to Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who has made anti-Semitic remarks, as "the greatest of all time."
“Tamika, you came under some fire for your relationship with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam,” co-host Sunny Hostin, a former CNN legal analyst, said to Mallory. “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. You are running an organization that says it fights bigotry. Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?”
“I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric,” Mallory replied. “I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”
Co-host Meghan McCain, a former Fox News host who joined "The View" in October 2017, also pressed Mallory on the issue.
“I would never be comfortable supporting someone who called, ‘I am not anti-Semite, I am an anti-termite,' " McCain said, quoting Farrakhan.
“It goes on, ‘Death to Israel,’ over and over again,” she said.
“We did not make those remarks,” Mallory said.
“But you’re associating with a man who does, publicly,” McCain replied.
“As I said, I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” Mallory said.
“You won’t condemn it,” McCain added.
“To be very clear, it’s not the way that I speak, it is not how I organize,” Mallory said. “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.”
Farrakhan's remark comparing Jews to termites was made during a speech in October that was posted to Twitter.