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Today the View discussed the ongoing controversy over Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory’s fondness for anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan. For the most part, everyone seemed to be in agreement that Farrakhan was a genuine anti-Semite (and anti-white racist) and that people who claim to be social justice leaders probably shouldn’t be hanging out with him. There was one note of dissent, however. The guest for this segment was former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett who suggested that sometimes, as a leader, you need to meet with people who you strongly disagree with.
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“Part of learning to be a leader effectively is that you have to use your voice and you have to be very clear,” Jarrett said. She continued, “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 about hate. And you have to be against it every single time.”
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ABC’s Paula Faris asked Jarrett for clarification, “So does that mean that you do not meet with these people?”
“No,” Jarrett replied. “As I said, if you’re trying to get things done, meeting with somebody is one thing but it’s associating yourself with hateful rhetoric is very, very different.” Jarrett went on to say that Tamika Mallory should have spoken up against Farrakhan’s hateful rhetoric earlier.
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So Jarrett really does seem to be drawing a comparison here between her meeting with a couple of libertarian businessmen and Mallory’s attendance at Farrakhan’s event. Are these really the same sort of thing?
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