The Rev. Jeremiah Wright is the gift that keeps on giving, this time to the Republican party as he defends his previous public statements and inflicts more damage on the Obama campaign. One excerpt from the question and answer period aftre his speech at the National Press Club today.
Farrakhan, Wright said, is “one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century,” noting the Million Man March. “When Louis Farrakhan speaks, it’s like when E.F. Hutton speaks…Black America listens.”
The media asking him to condemn Farrakhan reminded him of one time when Ted Koppel asked Nelson Mandela about past statements he’d made in praise of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s “love for human rights and liberty,” Wright said.
“Louis Farrakhan is not my enemy,” Wright said, since Farrakhan had not enslaved Africans and brought them in chains to the U.S.
The Obama campaign has remained strangely silent as Wright steps up the rhetoric.