Women's March co-president Tamika Mallory defended calling anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan the "greatest of all time" during an interview on Monday as the leftist organization has seen a massive decline in support amid allegations of anti-Semitism and racism.
Mallory's defense of her statement comes after the Women's March has been embroiled in months of controversy after Women's March founder Teresa Shook said that the group has "allowed anti-Semitism, anti-LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs."
Mallory defended her support for Farrakhan — who has praised Hitler as being a "very great man"— on ABC's "The View," where she insisted that she was not referring to his "rhetoric."
"You came under some fire for your relationship with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam," leftist co-host Sunny Hostin said. "Now, he's known for being anti-Semitic, for being homophobic, but you do attend his events and you posted I believe a photo together calling him the 'GOAT,' which means the greatest of all-time."
"You are running an organization that says that it fights bigotry, do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?" Hostin asked.
After Mallory danced around the question, Hostin asked her why she called Farrakhan the greatest of all time.
"I didn’t call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric," Mallory said. "I called him the greatest of all time because of what he’s done in black communities."
The Women's March's slide into ruins began on November 19, when Shook posted the following message on her Facebook account:
As Founder of the Women’s March, my original vision and intent was to show the capacity of human beings to stand in solidarity and love against the hateful rhetoric that had become a part of the political landscape in the U.S. and around the world. I wanted us to prove that the majority of us are decent people who want a world that is fair, just and inclusive of Women and All people. We proved that on January 21, 2017 (and in the U.S. this past midterm with a diverse electorate).
Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez of Women’s March, Inc. have steered the Movement away from its true course. I have waited, hoping they would right the ship. But they have not. In opposition to our Unity Principles, they have allowed anti-Semitism, anti- LBGTQIA sentiment and hateful, racist rhetoric to become a part of the platform by their refusal to separate themselves from groups that espouse these racist, hateful beliefs. I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down and to let others lead who can restore faith in the Movement and its original intent. I stand in Solidarity with all the Sister March Organizations, to bring the Movement back to its authentic purpose. As Women’s March founder, I am stepping up to bring focus back to the Unity Principles on which our movement began, and with the support of all of those who marched and have continued to march, I pledge to support grassroots, decentralized leadership promoting a safe, worldwide community devoid of hate speech, bigotry and racism.
Since Shook's message, the Women's March has been dropped from consideration for awards, has had march events canceled due to a lack of support, and has seen other far-left organizations distance themselves from the group.