Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory would not answer whether she denounced Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan’s past remarks about Jewish people while she was a guest on The View Monday morning.
Mallory has been under fire for her continued support of Farrakhan, who has a long history of anti-Semitic comments. Support for the Women’s March has since wavered, with multiple chapters choosing to disaffiliate.
On The View, co-host Meghan McCain repeatedly posed the question Mallory, beginning with: “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 responded.
“But,” McCain interjected, “you’re associating with a man who does publicly.”
When Mallory said she doesn’t agree with “many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” McCain followed up.
“Do you condemn them?” she asked.
Mallory paused for a moment and looked down.
“I don’t agree with these statements,” she said. “To be very clear, it’s not my language. 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.”
Then she pivoted to the Women’s March: “That is actually not what this women’s movement is suppose to be about.”
Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory on The View today refused to condemn Louis Farrakhan’s past remarks about Jewish people
Watch as she is pressed repeatedly on the issue by @MeghanMcCain pic.twitter.com/ikZFoFyLFz— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) January 14, 2019