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. Alan Schwartz

    I read this and decided to donate another $500 to Federation.

    June 11, 2009 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Big Gulps...Little Sips

    The Right Rev. Wrong should be commended for espousing racism / hate speech on the day when a fellow black was gunned down in a museum dedicated to 6million Jews / 6 million non Jews who were brutally gassed / cremated.

    Wright demonstrates that you can place you feet and other parts of your body in your mouth and still keep talking.

    June 11, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  3. John

    This AntiSemite should be ashamed of himself. It is time he knows that eternal life is knowing the GOD of Israel as the only true GOD and Jesus Christ whom He has sent. John 17:3.

    June 11, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Tim GAYthner

    Obama gave $20,000 to this man's church a couple years ago. I should know.

    June 11, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. TCM

    many liberals here blasting this guy, yet he is the very core of what OBama has become. He's a big part of Obama's life, just not covered in lies and deceit .....birds of a feather...

    June 11, 2009 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  6. TCM

    Obama will probably make the Czar of Religions, and impose a value added tax on the plate as it gets passed around on sunday morning....

    June 11, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  7. Nathan McKnight

    Garsh, a religious person spreading religious hatred in the name of religion? How scandalous!

    June 11, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  8. Clearly Obama has listened closely to this man......

    it's evident in the way Obama is currently turning on Israel......Jews that voted for Obama will rue the day.

    June 11, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  9. Robert

    Rev. Wright is absolutely correct...If you actually know anything about the powers in Washington (jews & AIPAC) you would agree with him as well. Jews have power that even amazes CIA!

    June 11, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. conservative/liberal

    Not even everyone in Israel is a Zionist, and certainly not all Jewish people in the U.S. are Zionist. So Reverend Wrong is correct in one thing–distinguishing between "Jews" and "Zionists" but I don't think many understand the distinction.
    I'd just as soon he crawled back under his rock, but we have free speech in this country.

    June 11, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    This is the picture thast resembles of our President. He is a messiah and Rev. Wright and Barack are the birds of the same feather. Imagine we have such a classic president of our country. I wonder how he could reach the top with such radical association and now he behaves as if he is a saint, a messiah. Newsweek reporter called him GOD.

    June 11, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Mike in NYC

    Good times, good times!

    I didn't care for his anti-White lines, but at least he's a straight shooter.

    Time for everyone else to be honest, now!

    Liberal Whites - admit you hate your own people, and that you would never think of living anywhere near the non-Whites you profess to champion.

    GOP Whites - admit you love Israel more than your own people, and that being seen as "racists" scares you more than anything else.

    Now, don't you feel better?

    June 11, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  13. lkb

    How can people who voted for Obama not see that common beliefs between them IF Obama attended his church for 2 decades. Wright's hateful spew was filmed with the Obama's sitting in a pew listening to his garbage. How can anyone think they have no common agenda? Obama distanced hiself from this man to achieve their common goal. Any person who disagreed with his garbage would have left the congregation! Wright and Obama scare me.

    June 11, 2009 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  14. Barack and Michelle

    Obama speaking: "I am sure that is not what my wonderful uncle, Rev. Wright meant. I am sure that he would restate his words if he could. I still cannot disown this man, my mentor, my pastor, my hero."

    June 11, 2009 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  15. Shannon

    what kind of people sit in this mans church, and listen to his hate speech every week.

    June 11, 2009 08:05 pm at 8:05 pm |
  16. Gary Jaussaud

    Gary's Comment is:

    Rev. Wright needs to go back into his small minded world and keep
    his thoughts to him self. He was quiet for some time, and the whole
    World was thankful, now he is back spreading hate and harsh words
    about people different than him slef, sound familiar Rev. Wright, two
    wrongs don't make a Wright, Rev. or not.

    June 11, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  17. ruth

    Jesus must be ashamed right now of such garbage the Rev. has spewed. Seems as though he mis-speaks a lot these days.

    June 11, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |

    Hey I'm your avg tax paying American that happens to be black......Rev. Wright has a serious case of foot in mouth.....this guy should never talk about anything political again....Or spiritual for that matter.

    June 11, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  19. Doug

    Sounds like a "Hate Group Leader" to me.

    June 11, 2009 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  20. Jane

    Racists come in all colors.

    June 11, 2009 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  21. Jake

    To the idiot here who just suggested that you "do not hang out with someone for 20 plus years without sharing their views," I refer you to James Carville and his wife, or just about any pro-choice Catholic who's attended the same church for 20 years.

    Obama never worked with Wright on any issue pertaining to foreign policy, let alone Israel, and Obama has an entirely different background, world view, and a clearly different record than Rev. Wright on these issues.

    June 11, 2009 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  22. Bill

    He's right, Have you heard any Congressmen, Senators or media people talking about the 42nd anniversary of the ISRAELI (Zionist) ATTACK on the USS LIBERTY. These ZIONISTS KILLED 34 and wounded 174 U.S.NAVY Sailor and 95 percent of Americans still don't know about the ATTACK.. REMEMBER the LIBERTY!!!!

    June 11, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  23. Charlie in Maine

    "Obama 'created by Jews,' museum killing suspect wrote"

    If that idiot shooter was right I would like to publically thank the Jewish community for creating one of our best Presidents ever.

    June 11, 2009 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  24. Charlie in Maine

    @ CJG, who said "The Dems have their own Rush in Jeremiah!"

    If 20 million of us listened to him he could be.

    June 11, 2009 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  25. elana

    Why dos the media have to keep "digging up bones"????? WHO CARES ABOUT THIS GUY!!! Let's move forward!!!! The Obama Administration works tirelessly every day to begin the slow process of getting us out of the financial hole, and finding ways to make our lives better!! He has done more for us in the past few months than the Bush Administration did in (8) years!

    June 11, 2009 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
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