Last week, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan gave a nearly 3-hour long anti-Semitic speech that was attended by one of the leaders of the Women’s March. During today’s broadcast of The View, during a debate about guilt by association and next moves for the women’s organization, co-host Meghan McCain clashed with former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett after she compared associating with Farrakhan to working with certain people on the Right.
Co-host Joy Behar started the segment by explaining that Women’s March leader Tamika Mallory had attended Farrakhan’s speech, in which he claimed that “white people are going down” and that time’s up for “Satanic Jews.”
McCain pointed out that Mallory also once posted an Instagram photo in which she called Farrakhan the G.O.A.T., or the “greatest of all time,” which she said clearly showed an “affinity.”
McCain then brought up the exclusivity of the Women’s March, noting “there’s a reason why there’s a lot of people, why we only had two members of our table yesterday, who wanted to call themselves feminists.” She also pointed out that CPAC had been criticized at length for being “Nazi-friendly” and compared the situations.
In McCain’s eyes, “this is black and white. It’s very simple… There should be no normalizing of this one way or the other.”
The panel ultimately seemingly agreed, with co-host Paula Faris stating “you absolutely need to disassociate yourself” and Behar acknowledging that Farrakhan is “pretty notoriously anti-Semitic.”
Guest and former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett then spoke up, saying that “part of learning to be a leader effectively” is working with “people all the time with whom you disagree.”
She went on to provide personal examples — meeting with libertarian brothers Charles and David Koch and meeting with media mogul Rupert Murdoch: “Now you work with people all the time with whom you disagree; goodness knows I’ve met with the Koch brothers when we were working on criminal justice or Rupert Murdoch when we were working on immigration reform.”
McCain challenged this comparison, stating that the “Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch are nowhere near anyone who said Hitler was a great man, white folks are going down, the Jews have been so bad at politics they lost their population in the Holocaust. There’s a very big difference between meeting someone who ideologically has a different opinion and perspective and someone who thinks Hitler was a very great man.”
She finished by declaring, “I think it’s dangerous to say Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers are in any way the same as Louis Farrakhan…There’s a difference between meeting with someone who I think was a hate leader — like I wouldn’t meet with David Duke. There are people I would not meet with, period. I think that he is in the same vein, to me, as David Duke. If you are so hateful that you think Hitler was a great man, I don’t think you deserve a platform.”
Good for Meghan McCain for setting the record straight and for refusing to treat Jarrett’s comparison as acceptable or accurate.
Watch the clip below.
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