Tamika Mallory appeared on “The View” today to discuss her involvement in the Women’s March and she was grilled by the always insulting Meghan McCain. Mallory, who is a co-founder of Women’s March, appeared to be on trial for her support of Minister Louis Farrakhan. For nearly five minutes, which is forever for a one-hour daytime talk show, she was repeatedly asked the same question by McCain,
Sunny Hostin began by calmly saying, “Tamika, you came under some fire for your relationship with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam. He’s known for being anti-Semitic, for being homophobic, but you do attend his events and you posted… a photo calling him the G.O.A.T., 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?”
Mallory responded with, “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.” She added “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,” she often goes into “difficult spaces.”
McCain then bum-rushed the conversation by saying, “I don’t speak for Jewish people, but I think I’m just confused. The remarks go ‘Death to Israel’ over and over again.”
“We did not make those remarks,” Mallory pointed out.
McCain then demanded to know if she condemns Farrakhan comments. Mallory explained, “I don’t agree with these statements. At the end of the day — ”
“You won’t condemn it,” McCain interjected.
“To be very clear, it’s not my language,” Mallory continued. “It’s not the way that I speak, it is not how I organize. And I think it is very clear, over the 20 years of my own personal activism, my own personal track record, of who I am. And I should never be judged through the lens of a man.”
Watch the exchange below:
Back in May, Tamika exclusively told NewsOne, “It is impossible for me to agree with every statement or share every viewpoint of the many people who I have worked with or will work with in the future. As I do not wish to be held responsible for the words of others when my own history shows that I stand in opposition to them, I also do not think it is fair to question anyone who works with me, who supports my work and who is a member of this movement because of the ways that I may have fallen short here or in any other instance.”