By David Waters
A day before an anti-Semitic gunman shot and killed a guard at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, controversial Chicago pastor Jeremiah Wright was making news with some anti-Jewish comments of his own.
In a Tuesday evening interview, Wright told a Virginia reporter that Jewish members of the White House staff had kept him from talking to his former church member, President Obama, since last November’s election.
“Them Jews ain’t going to let him talk to me,” Wright told the Daily Press in Newport News, Va. “I told my baby daughter that he’ll talk to me in five years when he’s a lame duck, or in eight years when he’s out of office.”
Wright was interviewed after he spoke Tuesday evening at the 95th annual Hampton University Ministers’ Conference in Newport News.
Wright was Obama’s pastor for 20 years at the Trinity United Church of Christ on Chicago’s south side. He presided over Barack and Michelle Obama’s wedding. But the Obamas left the church last spring after Wright’s controversial sermons came to light, including remarks that the U.S. government may have introduced AIDS into the black community.
In Tuesday’s interview, Wright said, “Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza. Ethnic cleansing [by] the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don’t want Barack talking like that because that’s anti-Israel.”
UPDATE: Wright amended his comments on Thursday, in an interview on Sirius Satellite Radio’s “Make It Plain” with Mark Thompson. Wright said he had meant to refer to “Zionists” and not all Jews. “Let me say, like Hillary, I misspoke. Let me just say: Zionists.”