McCain Blasts Jarrett for Comparing Meeting With Louis Farrakhan to Meeting the Koch Brothers

Washington Free Beacon | 3/9/2018 | Haris Alic
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BY: Haris Alic

Meghan McCain grew heated Friday when she suggested Valerie Jarrett, a former senior advisor to President Barack Obama, had compared meeting with the Koch Brothers to meeting with Louis Farrakhan during an appearance on ABC's "The View" on Friday.

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The controversial comment arose while Jarrett, McCain, and Joy Behar discussed the co-chairwoman of the Women's March, Tamika Mallory, who allegedly attended a controversial anti-Semitic address by Farrakhan, the radical leader of the Nation of Islam.

Mallory first drew rebuke from the media, including CNN'S Jake Tapper, for attending the Nation of Islam's annual Saviours' Day address. During the address, Farrakhan lambasted "the satanic Jew" and claimed that when individuals "want something in this world, the Jew holds the door." Mallory's appearance also drew scrutiny on previous social media posts by the Women's March co-founder showcasing alleged support for Farrakhan.

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Behar introduced the topic questioning what was the appropriate response to the revelation of Mallory's relationship with Farrakhan.

"Is this guilt by association?" Behar asked. "Or should [Mallory] be taken out of her leadership position?"

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McCain pointed out that it wasn't just Mallory's attendance at the Saviour's Day address that attracted criticism, but also previous social media posts she made, including a photo of the Women's March co-founder and Farrakhan with a caption citing him as the "GOAT," an acronym for "greatest of all time."

Behar attempted to clarify that Mallory's relationship was Farrakhan was of a personal nature.

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"She credits the Nation of Islam for supporting her after her son's father was murdered 17 years ago," Behar said. "So she has a personal relationship."

McCain drew parallels between the criticism leveled at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) for inviting speakers that could be labeled as controversial, such as French politician Marion Marechal Le Pen, and the controversy surrounding Mallory.


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