Maintaining a low profile since the summer, the controversial former pastor to President-elect Barack Obama has emerged in trademark form, delivering several animated sermons that drew a rebuke Monday from one of his apparent targets: ABC’s “The View.”
As for Obama, he made a “bad decision” by distancing himself from Trinity United Church of Christ, said the Rev. Jeremiah Wright during sermons Sunday at the Chicago church, where he is pastor emeritus.
Wright equated several media outlets – ABC, CNN, Fox – with the “gates of hell.” The Chicago Sun-Times reported that Wright, while not saying her name, referred to “View” co-host Elizabeth Hasselbeck twice as a “broad,” including once as “that dumb broad.”
The ladies of “The View” weren’t pleased.
“By choosing those words, in my opinion, pretty much proves my points that I have been making about him this entire time,” said Hasselbeck, who at one point in the campaign introduced Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at a rally. “To call someone who simply disagrees with you a ‘dumb broad,’ is not only archaic but sexist. And I just feel as though those comments really have no place.”
Hasselbeck’s co-hosts piled on.
“As a Christian, it does disappoint me because in the pulpit, you normally – people you disagree with, people you don’t like, (you say) we are going to pray for that person,” said Sherri Shepherd, who has defended Wright.
Also Monday, ABC’s “Good Morning America” aired a powerful Republican ad about Wright that was never broadcast during the campaign, when John McCain said Obama’s former pastor shouldn’t be an issue.
The ad compared McCain’s refusal to “walk” out of POW camp in Vietnam with Obama’s decision not to “walk” out Trinity, “where a pastor was spewing hatred.” “Character matters, especially when no one is looking,” the narrator said.
McCain media consultant Fred Davis made the ad. McCain chief strategist Steve Schmidt told ABC that the Republican nominee neither saw the ad nor was it considered for broadcast.
The president-elect severed ties with Wright in May after a controversial appearance at the National Press Club. A month earlier, Wright’s sermons prompted Obama to make an acclaimed speech about race in Philadelphia, although the Democrat did not disown Wright.
“He’s still my child,” Wright said Sunday. The church should still be proud that it played a role in producing the first African-American president, Wright said.
“No other church can say that,” said Wright, who met Obama in the late 1980s.