On Friday, Meghan McCain once again ripped apart a prominent Democratic icon for her hypocrisy — this time, Valerie Jarrett, former Obama top aide. Jarrett was asked by the panel about top Democrats’ willingness to play ball with open anti-Semite and Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan. McCain led off by stating that Women’s March co-chair Tamika Mallory had praised Farrakhan as the greatest of all time; Joy Behar then jumped in to defend Mallory, saying that Mallory credited the Nation of Islam for helping her through tough times. McCain then pointed out that Farrakhan had said that Hitler was a great man, and that this was a “black and white” issue.
Then Jarrett got involved.
Jarrett responded by actually defending Mallory, saying that working with Farrakhan for the Left was the same as the Right working with the Koch brothers:
Part of learning to be a leader effectively is that you have to use your voice, and you have to be very clear. Now you work with people all the time with whom you disagree. Goodness knows, I met with the Koch brothers when we were working on criminal justice, or Rupert Murdoch when we were working on immigration reform, but you have to, if you want to lead an inclusive movement, you have to be clear on hate, and you have to be against it every single time.
So far, so good. But then Jarrett was asked about meeting with people like Farrakhan — and refused to rule it out:
No, as I said, if you’re trying to get things done, meeting with somebody is one thing, but associating yourself with his hateful rhetoric… She should speak firmly against it, and I think she should have earlier. But you know, she’s learning to be a leader, she’s young…and it doesn’t take away from the movement.
Which prompted McCain to smack Jarrett down:
But the Koch Brothers and Ruport Murdoch are nowhere near anyone who said ‘Hitler was a great man,’ ‘white folks are going down' … There's a very big difference between meeting with someone who ideologically has a different opinion and perspective and someone who thinks that Hitler was a very great man….I think it's dangerous to say that the Koch Brothers or Rupert Murdoch are in anyway the same as Louis Farrakhan. There's a difference between meeting with someone I think is a hate leader…I wouldn't meet with David Duke.