What will Barack Obama have to say about the connections between his pastor at Trinity United Church, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, and Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam? Jeff Weintraub has some thoughts.
As Jeff says: “At some point, especially if Obama is nominated, this is an association he’s going to have to explain more publicly and explicitly than he’s had to do so far … and it will be entirely legitimate to ask him to do that.”
Gene adds: Via es, here is Obama’s first response to the questions about his church and Farrakhan:
I decry racism and anti-Semitism in every form and strongly condemn the anti-Semitic statements made by Minister Farrakhan. I assume that Trumpet Magazine made its own decision to honor Farrakhan based on his efforts to rehabilitate ex-offenders, but it is not a decision with which I agree.
Unsurprising and clear, although I suppose some (who are unlikely to support Obama whatever he does) will demand that he quit the church and denounce the minister. I doubt this is the last we’ll hear of this matter, especially if Obama gets the Democratic nomination.