Oy! We’ve got yet another controversial preacher making election-related headlines.
Catholic Priest Michael Pfleger, an Obama-backer, appeared at the now infamous Trinity Church last week and spent some of his sermon mocking Senator Hillary Clinton, who he accuses of being too presumptuous about winning the nomination. While some would argue that Pfleger had a point, it’s his racialized language that most find offensive, especially when he claims Clinton has been consumed by “white entitlement.” accuses of being consumed by “white entitlement.”
Obama did not delay in distancing himself from Pfleger, saying that he prefers unifying rhetoric:
As I have traveled this country, I’ve been impressed not by what divides us, but by all that that unites us. That is why I am deeply disappointed in Father Pfleger’s divisive, backward-looking rhetoric, which doesn’t reflect the country I see or the desire of people across America to come together in common cause.
Hoping to hush the outrage, Pfleger also released a statement, insisting that his words do no reflect Obama’s beliefs.
The Clinton camp’s enraged, obviously, and their reaction clearly hopes to put Obama on the defensive:
Divisive and hateful language like that is totally counterproductive in our efforts to bring our party together and have no place at the pulpit or in our politics. We are disappointed that Senator Obama didn’t specifically reject Father’s Pfleger’s despicable comments about Senator Clinton, and assume he will do so.
No doubt the Republicans are loving this and will attempt to use this to their advantage. John McCain declined to comment, which is wise, because he just had to sack to preachers himself.