Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory appeared Thursday night on “Firing Line” to discuss her controversial organization, particularly the claims of anti-Semitism that have dogged the group for months. Host Margaret Hoover asked Mallory directly if Israel has the right to exist. “Everyone has a right to exist,” Mallory replied. “I just don’t feel that everyone has a right to exist at the disposal of another group.” Hoover gave Mallory multiple opportunities to state Israel’s right to exist. She refused.
Of course she refused. This is hardly surprising for someone with Mallory’s history and relationships. She has close ties to one of the most virulent anti-Semites in America today, Louis Farrakhan. She called Farrakhan “the GOAT” (as in “Greatest of All Time”) on her Instagram feed. Mallory and others in the leadership of the Women’s March attend Nation of Islam events, even using the Nation of Islam for security in the past.
In light of her comments and relationships, people have wondered why the Women’s March hasn’t distanced itself from Mallory. The fact is, the organization won’t because it doesn’t see a need to: Mallory’s comments are consistent with others in the leadership of the march and as well as with a great many march participants.
Don’t believe me? Consider Linda Sarsour, another Women’s March co-founder with close ties to Louis Farrakhan. Sarsour also has a history of making comments perceived as anti-Semitic.