Meghan McCain confronted the leaders of the Women's March movement about accusations of anti-Semitism in an explosive debate on "The View" Monday.
Organizers Bob Bland and Tamika Mallory tried to tamp down the controversy on the show, but many believe their answers to McCain's accusations just worsened their situation.
Sunny Hostin first asked Mallory to address the controversy arising from her relationship with Louis Farrakhan.
"Tamika, you came under some fire for your relationship with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam," 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 G.O.A.T., which means the greatest of all time."
"You are running an organization that says it fights bigotry," she continued. "Do you understand why your association with him is quite problematic?"
"As a leader," Mallory responded, "as a black leader in country that is still dealing with some serious unresolved issues as it relates to the black experience in this country, I go into a lot of difficult spaces."
"I wrote a piece immediately following the beginning of this controversy," she added, "talking about wherever my people are, that's where I must also be."
Hostin challenged that she didn't need to call Farrakhan the "greatest of all time."
"I didn't call him the greatest of all time because of his rhetoric. I called him the greatest of all time because of what he's done in black communities," Mallory said to applause from the audience.
'You won't condemn it!'
McCain confronted Mallory with the heinous comments credited to Farrakhan.
"I would never be comfortable supporting someone who (said) … 'I'm not anti-Semite, I'm anti-termite. It's the wicked Jews, the false Jews that are promoting lesbianism, homosexuality," quoted McCain.
Mallory denied other anti-Semitic comments attributed to her by a journalist cited by McCain, but when asked to condemn Farrakhan's comments on Jewish people, she only repeated that she does not agree with much of what Farrakhan believes.
"What I will say to you is that I don't agree with many of Minister Farrakhan's statements," Mallory responded.
"Specifically about Jewish people?" asked McCain.
"As I said, I don't agree with many of Minister Farrakhan's statements," Mallory replied.
"Do you condemn them?" McCain pressed.
"I don't agree with these statements," Mallory repeated.
"You won't condemn it!" said McCain.
"It is not my language, it is not the way that I speak, it is not how I organize," Mallory responded.
'I call for the current Co-Chairs to step down'
Many former supporters of the Women's March have shied away from the movement after the accusations of bigotry among the leadership. Actress Alyssa Milano said she would no longer speak at the Women's March events until the leadership was replaced.
Even one of the movement's founders, Teresa Shook, called for the leadership to step down in a scathing statement published in November.
"Bob Bland, Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour and Carmen Perez of Women's March, Inc. have steered the Movement away from its true course," she said in her statement.
"In opposition to our Unity Principles," she explained, "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," she demanded.