Edward Klein interviewed Wright, who told him Obama’s team tried to buy his silence.
‘Man, the media ate me alive,” Wright told me when we met in his office at Chicago’s Kwame Nkrumah Academy. “After the media went ballistic on me, I received an e-mail offering me money not to preach at all until the November presidential election.”
“Who sent the e-mail?” I asked Wright.
“It was from one of Barack’s closest friends.”
“He offered you money?”
“Not directly,” Wright said. “He sent the offer to one of the members of the church, who sent it to me.”
“How much money did he offer you?”
“One hundred and fifty thousand dollars,” Wright said.
“Did Obama himself ever make an effort to see you?”
“Yes,” Wright said. “Barack said he wanted to meet me in secret, in a secure place. And I said, ‘You’re used to coming to my home, you’ve been here countless times, so what’s wrong with coming to my home?’ So we met in the living room of the parsonage of Trinity United Church of Christ…
[Obama told Wright] ‘Do you know what your problem is?’ And [Wright] said, ‘No, what’s my problem?’ And he said, ‘You have to tell the truth.’ I said, ‘That’s a good problem to have. That’s a good problem for all preachers to have. That’s why I could never be a politician.’
“And he said, ‘It’s going to get worse if you go out there and speak. It’s really going to get worse.’”
Once again, Chicago-style politics at its finest — hush money, funneled through a friend of a friend, while the candidate refuses to be seen in public with the subject of the controversy. And the story doesn’t include the most obvious follow-up question: did Wright take the money? Gateway Pundit points out that Wright did leave the country for an extended visit to Ghana, before the 2008 election.
But two very important things stick out in this conversation. First, Wright admits that Obama visited Rev. Wright in his home “countless times.” Then, Obama candidly compliments Wright as a man convicted “to tell the truth.”
Barack Obama claimed that he never heard anything controversial or incendiary coming from Rev. Wright during all his years as a member of Trinity. We must now assume that this includes the “countless” visits with Wright in his own home. It’s hard to believe that Obama, a Harvard Law scholar and an accomplished student of Derrick Bell, did not spend a significant portion of those “countless” visits discussing black liberation theology and critical race theory with Rev. Wright; after all, Obama seems to primarily experience his religious faith as an intellectual pursuit and Wright was one of the most fiery proponents of both viewpoints from his own pulpit.
So we must conclude that Obama heard nothing controversial or offensive at Trinity because he was thoroughly convinced that everything Rev. Wright espoused was absolutely true.
Remember this the next time you hear a liberal dismiss CRT as “just a theory.” It’s not “just a theory”; it’s an axiomatic set of leftist truths and one of the fundamental pillars of the progressive worldview – whether or not they are willing to admit it.