In a wide ranging interview today with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters and editors, Hillary Clinton said she “would have left her church if her pastor made the sort of inflammatory remarks Sen. Barack Obama’s former pastor made.”
“He would not have been my pastor,” Clinton said. “You don’t choose your family, but you choose what church you want to attend.”
The Clinton campaign has refrained until now from involvment in the Wright controversy, but Clinton did respond to a question this morning from Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reporters and editors and denounced what she said was “hate speech.”
“You know, I spoke out against Don Imus (who was fired from his radio and television shows after making racially insensitive remarks), saying that hate speech was unacceptable in any setting, and I believe that,” Clinton said. “I just think you have to speak out against that. You certainly have to do that, if not explicitly, then implicitly by getting up and moving.”
The Obama camp is up in arms (and progressive bloggers supporting him have gone off the deep end) about Clinton’s response to the question asked by the Pittsburgh Tribune. Here’s my thoughts on the subject. We all know the media loves to dredge up controversy and they did just that in asking Hillary Clinton about the subject today.
Sure, she could have not responded and instead she tastefully, in my opinion, said what many Americans have been thinking on the subject. When you hear hateful words like that spoken, you speak up, you speak out or you walk away. We don’t stop bigotry and hatred by sitting by and watching it happen. I don’t think Obama’s speech on race was enough to quell the subject of Wright’s remarks and anyone who thinks this won’t continue to play out for Obama in the general election with the right wing, is blind.
Taylor Marsh has more.