Blast From Obama's Past at Gun Town Hall

An unlikely character was paraded out Thursday night at CNN's Town Hall on gun control.

Moderated by Anderson Cooper, the town hall featured both gun rights and gun control advocates---including the controversial Fr. Michael Pfleger, the radical Chicago priest from Obama's Jeremiah Wright days.

Father Pfleger was markedly composed during the town hall, but his comments remained rife with radical ideas.

"The reality is that I don't understand why we can't title guns just like cars," said Pfleger.

Naturally, a little thing like the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution means nothing to him.

The radical priest typically displays a more ginned up persona in the pulpit or in front of the media. In case you've forgotten some of Pfleger's more flagrant comments, here are a couple of reminders:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it might contain errors.

GLENN: I was pretty amazed and impressed that Taya Kyle was there and some of the other people that were there in the audience of this town hall meeting. I did not expect that. But I was absolutely astounded, astounded that the president, on his side, welcomed Michael Pfleger.

PAT: Nutjob. Absolute nutjob.

GLENN: Complete nutjob.

PAT: I don't know if people remember because it's probably been seven or eight years. It's been almost eight years. He was around the time of Jeremiah Wright. He would come in and guest speak at Jeremiah Wright's -- they were fast friends. He's another one of those psychos from Chicago, just out of their mind. He's a Catholic priest, but I don't see any Catholicism in him.

GLENN: No, I believe the church has asked him to shut up and sit down.

PAT: Stop? Yeah, I wouldn't be surprised.

STU: They asked him to leave at one point, didn't they?

GLENN: Yeah, they were like, "You're crazy. So shut up."

But Michael Pfleger is the guy -- if I'm not mistaken, he's the guy that when Jeremiah Wright was exposed, he was like, "I'm not with Jeremiah Wright." And it was Pfleger that he said was his spiritual adviser. And Pfleger would go to the White House or call him and pray with him and give him spiritual advice.

PAT: Where did Wallace fit in there then?

GLENN: Jim Wallace?

PAT: Yeah.

GLENN: Yeah, Jim Wallace was in there too.

STU: Yeah, Pfleger was in that series of characters that surrounded Obama in that Jeremiah Wright --

PAT: Look at the radicals with this guy. It's just --

STU: And listen to him speak. I mean, he's --

PAT: Oh.

GLENN: Okay. So let's listen to him a little bit. Do you have last night --

PAT: Oh, this is going to fill you with the Spirit.

STU: Oh, really?

PAT: Oh, yeah.

GLENN: This is not from last night.

PAT: No, this is from several years ago.

GLENN: Yeah, so this is one of the president's spiritual advisers and one of the people that he felt was qualified to help him make his case against guns.

PAT: Be prepared to almost be lifted up here and just weep, like a 3-year-old girl.

MICHAEL: -- honest enough to address the one who says, "Don't hold me responsible for what my ancestors did."

CROWD: Yes! Yes!

MICHAEL: But you have enjoyed the benefits of what your ancestors did, and unless you are ready to give up the benefits, throw away your 401 fund, throw away your trust fund, throw away all the money that's been put away in the company you walked into because your daddy and your granddaddy and your great -- unless you're willing to give up the benefits, then you must be responsible for what was done in your generation because you are the beneficiaries of this insurance policy!

PAT: Crazy, man. He's crazy. That is crazy.

GLENN: Amen. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

STU: Talking about reparations.

PAT: Yeah.

MICHAEL: -- if you're honest enough (breathing), to expose white entitlement.

VOICE: Entitlement!

PAT: The guy is white, by the way.

MICHAEL: The supremacy, wherever it raises its heads.

JEFFY: Does he identify as white?

PAT: I don't know.

STU: That's a good point. I don't know.

MICHAEL: I said before, I really don't want to make this political because you know I'm very unpolitical.

(applause)

GLENN: Oh, yeah.

MICHAEL: But when Hillary was crying and people said that was put on, I really don't believe it was put on. I really believe that she just always thought, "This is mine."

(applauding)

(laughter)

MICHAEL: I'm Bill's wife. I'm white. And this is mine. I just got to get up and step into the plate.

PAT: Remember how anti-white he was? I mean, he can't even breathe, he was so --

GLENN: I know. Yeah, he was so -- he reminds me of another piece of audio. If you remember somebody else ranting and -- (heavy breathing)

(laughter)

VOICE: (heavy breathing) You don't care.

GLENN: Mel Gibson.

STU: Yeah, one of Mel Gibson's crazy phone calls. Another off-the-reservation Catholic.

PAT: Oh, man.

GLENN: You know, those two have a lot in common. I think the Pope would go, "Yeah, these guy are not really with us."

STU: I didn't feel the love. And it did seem like -- was he on a treadmill during the --

PAT: No, he wasn't. No.

STU: Okay.

GLENN: Okay. So we had Taya Kyle on our side and the rape victim. To help bolster the president's argument, he goes to Michael Pfleger. And these are the same guys that say because you are Christian, you're clinging to your God and your guns. Because you're a conservative, you're clinging to your God and your guns. This is his spiritual adviser. Wow.

PAT: I mean, you forget sometimes how many radicals he was surrounded by because --

JEFFY: Was?

PAT: And still is. And still is.

GLENN: Is.

Featured Image: US President Barack Obama speaks at a town hall meeting with CNN's Anderson Cooper on reducing gun violence at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, on January 7, 2016. Obama announced limited measures two days ago to tackle rampant US gun violence and called on Americans to punish lawmakers who oppose more meaningful reforms. (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)

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