Women’s March Co-President Defends Praise of Louis Farrakhan

Tamika Mallory, co-president of the Women’s March, said she once called controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan “the greatest” because of his service to the black community. “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,” Mallory said Monday on The View. When co-host Meghan McCain pushed back, noting Farrakhan’s history of anti-Semitic statements, Mallory said she disagreed with his statements but would not condemn them publicly. “I don’t agree with many of Minister Farrakhan’s statements,” she said. “It’s not my language. It is not the way that I speak. It is not how I organize… I should never be judged through the lens of a man.”

Co-president Bob Bland also denied a Tablet magazine investigative report alleging that anti-Semitic remarks were made during Women’s March leadership meetings. “Those allegations are not true. That is not how that meeting happened. The people that the journalist spoke to did not tell the truth. Period. Full stop,” Bland said. “We condemn any statements of hate.. We understand that the Jewish community is feeling hurt right now.”