‘Even George Wallace Did Not Put His Finger in Dr. King’s Face’: Jesse Jackson on Jan Brewer’s Tarmac Exchange With Obama

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer pointed at President Barack Obama during a tarmac exchange Saturday. (AP)

Rev. Jesse Jackson weighed in Saturday on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s exchange with President Barack Obama on an Arizona tarmac this week, calling Brewer’s gesture “the ultimate insult.”

Speaking at the headquarters of  his Rainbow PUSH Coalition, Jackson gave out the 800-number to Brewer’s office and urged those who call say, “We don’t need her finger,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Jackson called on the Republican governor to apologize for her action, and to “put her hands in her pocket.”

“Do you know how insulting it is to put your finger in somebody’s face?  Try it with the cameras rolling — she knew the cameras. She knew what she was doing,” Jackson said. “She was telling him off.  She was cutting him down to his size. She must never get away with that.”

“Even George Wallace did not put his finger in Dr. King’s face,” he said, referring to the segregationist former governor of Alabama.

He added, “It’s time to fight back, it’s time to stand up. Come November, we’ll point our finger [at the voting booths]. Point your finger, tell Ms. Brewer, ‘Keep your finger in your pocket.’”

As The Blaze previously reported, Brewer was meeting Obama after his plane landed in Arizona. She said she handed the president a handwritten letter, the two spoke and at one point she pointed her finger at him.

“He was a little disturbed about my book, ‘Scorpions for Breakfast,’” Brewer told a reporter after the incident, adding that Obama felt she hadn’t “treated him cordially.”

In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Obama denied having a “tense” encounter with Brewer.

“I think it’s always good publicity for a Republican if they’re in an argument with me,” Obama said. “But this was really not a big deal. She wanted to give me a letter, asking for a meeting. And I said, ‘We’d be happy to meet.’

(h/t Weasel Zippers)