The predominantly progressive Women’s March organization rose to prominence in opposition to the election and inauguration of President Donald Trump, and proceeded to enjoy nearly two years of almost exclusively positive coverage from the establishment media.
However, allegations of anti-Semitism and bigotry among some of the organization’s leaders have emerged in recent months, causing some in the media to finally cast a wary eye on the Women’s March organization as a whole.
In what was undoubtedly an attempt to quiet the growing concerns, Tamika Mallory and Bob Bland joined the co-hosts of ABC’s “The View” to speak in their own defense, but they found the co-hosts to be less receptive and welcoming of their excuses then they may have expected.
Newsbusters reported that conservative-leaning co-host Meghan McCain led the charge against the program’s guests and asked pointed questions about the group’s associations with Nation of Islam leader and outspoken anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan, only to have one of the organizers flatly refuse to condemn Farrakhan’s blatantly expressed hatred of Jewish people.
First, liberal co-host Sunny Hostin confronted Mallory about an Instagram post featuring herself posing next to Farrakhan, a post that referred to the “anti-Semitic” and “homophobic” leader as a “G.O.A.T.,” or “Greatest Of All Time,” and asked Mallory if she understood why the association was viewed by many as “problematic.”
Mallory replied, “I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric, I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities.”
While that dodge earned a smattering of applause from the audience, McCain would have none of it and interjected with a mini-rant against both the Women’s March organization’s association with bigoted anti-Semites as well as the organization’s own displays of bigotry and anti-Semitism at previous events.
McCain proceeded to list off several anti-Jewish remarks Farrakhan had made recently and referenced a recent exposé on the organization itself, which alleged numerous instances of anti-Semitism and bigotry in both word and deed from the group’s leaders, prior to making it personal.
“Now a lot of people — and by a lot of people I include me in this — think that you are using your organization as anti-Semitism masked in activism and that you’re using identity politics to shield yourself from critiques,” McCain said. “You talk about all women being invited to that march. I’m pro-life, we were not invited, we were not allowed at that march right there.
“I’m a conservative woman, and I also represent — if you talk about women, you talk about all women, including Jewish women, as well, including conservative women.”
Later, McCain revisited some of Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic remarks, but Mallory replied, “We did not make those remarks.” McCain fired right back and said, “But you’re associating with a man who does.”
“What I will say is that I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” said Mallory. McCain asked, “Specifically about Jewish people?”
Mallory repeated, “As I said, I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements …” McCain interrupted and asked, “Do you condemn them?”
“I don’t agree with these statements. At the end of the day …” said Mallory a third time, but McCain surmised, “You won’t condemn it.”
“No, no, no. To be very clear, it’s not my language. It’s not the way that I speak, it’s not how I organize,” Mallory replied. “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. That is actually not what this women’s movement is supposed to be about.”
McCain attempted to call the bluff of the organizers by asking if they’d be OK with a Trump-supporting conservative woman speaking on stage at their events, to which they replied that they’d have no problem. Somewhat surprisingly, co-host Whoopi Goldberg suggested the Women’s March organization might be best served if Mallory stepped down from her leadership role if only to quell the growing controversy.
Unfortunately, it would appear that the Women’s March organizers have no intention at this time of doing so. Hopefully, others will follow McCain’s lead and continue to confront the organizers over their questionable associations that run counter to the professed ideals of the group, which is to fight against anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its forms, not support it when it aligns with their own ideological leanings.
Conservative Tribune, a brand of The Western Journal, has reached out to the Women’s March organization for comment, but did not receive a reply prior to publication.
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