June 11th, 2009
05:47 PM ET
14 years ago

Wright revisits 'them Jews' remark

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/06/11/art.wright1.gi.jpg caption=" The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is looking to calm this week's firestorm over remarks termed anti-Semitic by critics."]

(CNN) - The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is looking to calm this week's firestorm over remarks termed anti-Semitic by critics, saying Thursday he meant to say "Zionists" instead of "them Jews" when referring to people in Washington who do not want President Obama speaking with him.

"Let me say, like Hillary, I misspoke. Let me just say 'Zionists,'" Wright told SIRIUS radio host Mark Thompson.

Earlier this week, the former Chicago pastor told Virginia newspaper The Daily Press he no longer speaks with Obama - a former congregant of his Trinity United Church - because "Them Jews aren't going to let him talk to me."

"I'm not talking about all Jews, all people of the Jewish faith, I'm talking about Zionists," Wright said Thursday, adding that his comments were in reference to "historical facts."

"I'm not talking about emotionally charged words or the fact that like Jimmy Carter's book, that because he used the word that Jews use, 'apartheid,' he gets labeled anti-Semitic."

"They can jump on that one phrase if they want to, but they can't undo history and the facts of Jewish historians and Jewish theologians who write about what's going on, who write about the enormous influence that AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) has on our government and on United States policy and the United Nations."

The White House declined to comment on Wright's original remarks this week.

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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. skyhawkdriver

    Another example of the racist chicago political machine..vote early..vote often..dead or alive..the white man is the devil..so sayeth the reverand wright

    June 11, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  2. Harley

    Wright & Obama are one of the same !!!! Obama did not like the U.S.A. tell he Knew he could win the Presidency, and they both hang out with terrorist. ( God help this country )

    June 11, 2009 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  3. KTX

    Well, now we know where Obama got the inspiration for his self-aggrandizing "address to the Muslim people." The mainstream media will not connect the dots on this. . .right after Obama travels around the Middle East throwing Israel under the bus, his pastor goes on this nonsensical tirade. No doubt Obama shares this disgust for the "Zionists."

    What a joke. Never thought I'd say this, but I'm actually beginning to miss Bush. . .

    June 11, 2009 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  4. Hotdog

    I think it is inappropriate a member of the clergy to talk like that. Rev. Wright likes to be in the lime light.

    June 11, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  5. John from California

    Reverent, Open mouth insert foot! Enough Said!

    June 11, 2009 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  6. Neilz

    Why is it the only religious leaders we see in the news are Wright and McKissic? Because all the other religious leaders are busy lobbying Congress to defeat the proposed Hate Crimes Bill that seeks to prevent this type of thing from happening again.
    Kind of hard to speak against hate crime while trying to protect hate crime.
    Oh! But that's just for the clergy!
    Wright should take a look at who surrounds Obama It's not Jews. It's Catholics, that is, when they're not trying to protect hate crime.
    Oh! But that's just for the clergy!

    June 11, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  7. ib

    Left wingers are so blind to what is going on that they actually think Obama is doing the right thing and going to save this world. How dumb can you get? People get your head out of Obama's butt long enough to really look at what he is doing to this country. I would be saying this no matter what party Obama was with when he was elected. People wake up while there is still time to save this country.

    June 11, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. Tom L

    It is so dishonest to compare Rush Limbaugh to Rev. Wright. It's just not even close to the same thing. Those on the left might hate Limbaugh and that is fine. But to compare him to Rev. Wright shows how partisan and biased you are. Limbaugh has absolutely nothing to do with Wright.

    June 11, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  9. Jack Lowe

    I hope Mr. Wright isn't really attempting to place himself in the same class as Jimmie Carter. Wright you're not only wrong – you're a mediocre hack, while Carter is a true Christian.

    Do you get it? You can't tell a tree by the cloth it wears. You have to look at it's fruit. A good tree will have good fruit, and a bad tree...bad.

    Carter didn't retire to the golf course, or sit on his can in some pulpit grousing about inequality. You could learn a lot from him. Second thought: probably not. You lack wisdom, humility, and dignity.

    June 11, 2009 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  10. Glenn

    The only thing of truth out of his mouth is that Zioists control the Federal Reserve, and they carefully engineer financial cycles of boom and bust to cause foreclosures so the wealthy foreigners and bankers can take a few of the chips off the table each time. No offense, but you're just a Pawn to these people.

    June 11, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  11. Alan

    Oh. I see. It isn't "them Jews" that are keeping Obama from talking to Rev. Wright, it is "the Zionists."

    And they are doing this, how?

    June 11, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  12. Proud DHS radical

    I love seeing the Obama apologists try to spin this one.

    June 11, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  13. Proud American

    Why do major news networks continue to post comments made by Idiots, like Wright, Palin? Both are complete Moron's and would say and do anything to get some press..

    June 11, 2009 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  14. S. in Florida

    Steve, Columbia SC June 11th, 2009 5:49 pm ET

    As I said yesterday, this man is NO pastor of the Christian faith I know of. His remarks regarding Jews is not racist, it is hate speech.

    Maybe Congress will enact hate legislation protecting Jews now, just like the sexual orientation protection legislation………….all this protection legislation makes me want to puke………our laws used to protect everyone just fine until the demoncrats got involved.
    Well Steve, then you should feel more at ease living in Columbia, SC as the U.S. government hasn't passed any of this sexual orientation protection legislation that you speak of. Many people have fought and are still fighting for it with the federal government, but they actually haven't passed anything. They are leaving that topic up to the states.

    June 11, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  15. AmFem

    The good reverend is sounding like he's in the beginning stages of dementia. How could he not realize the backlash he will get from the stupid things he says?

    June 11, 2009 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
  16. krejaton

    The only thing more frightening than this man and his hate are those who partake and espouse it.

    So how long was our president sitting in his pews?

    June 11, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  17. m smith

    The ol Rev should just shut up. He will be a thorn in our presidents side for a long time to come.

    June 11, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  18. Jew that didn't vote for Obama

    I'm actually really at a loss here. What does connect Obama and Wright and Rham Emmanuel? What kind of profit a man that spent 20 year listening to Wright now does take from that Jew? An I wonder what other Jews were thinking when voted for Obama?

    June 11, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  19. Tatianna

    As long as Wrights preaching was to the choir, he was fine. But soon as the magnifying glass of the real world hits his racist/radical/anti-America and anti-Semitic hate rants, he became untentable. Obama is no different. This election, I predict, will stand as the most perfect example of political jujitsu ever enacted. An entire Nation choked on its own liberal-racisim petard and doesnt even have the courage to admit it. We have become a Nation of fools and Obama is our just dessert!

    June 11, 2009 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  20. Tommy Ingram Jr.

    Rev. Wright is wrong again. As a man of God and which I can only believe he is, I would ask that he respect the president and not allow reporters to make him look bad to the public. Rev. Wright is making himself to be used by the devil. Everything that he says is not right. It seems to me that Rev. Wright or should I say wrong is being a little childish. I wouldn't want to be a member of his church. Men don't control other men. You are a man the President is a man. You can't be the president but anyone can be a Pastor these days. Are you really a Pastor or a man with an attitude of jealousy toward the president Mr. Obama. You were not saying these things about President Bush, or Clinton. Please do your job at your church and leave the President alone. Grow up Rev. Wright we are sick of your crying. You are embarrassing yourself, Black people, and your ministry. Thank You Tommy Ingram

    June 11, 2009 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  21. denverdoc

    At least Obama and the Dems have the sense to divorce themselves from this guy. Wright is nothing more than a inner city reverse racist blowhard.

    Had it been the Republicans, he would be the leader of the party a la Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, Pat Robertson, Pastor Hagee and their loathesome ilk.

    June 11, 2009 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  22. ron levine

    Needless to say , I'm outraged by this man's anti-semitic comments. However what troubles even more, is that Re. Wright was President Obama's pastor for 20 years until pressure from Obama's surrogates forced him to distance himself from his Rev. during the primary. Questions about the president's spirtual background surfaced during his run for the presidency and I wouldn't be surprised if they start being heard again. His apparent wish washy commitment to Israel might be explained by his former pastor's repugnant remarks.

    June 11, 2009 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
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