Rev. Jacques DeGraff evoked Pearl Harbor during Thursday’s lightning ceremony of the new tree to replace the one that was attacked in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
“Somebody asked me, ‘Why are you here?’ I’m here because these colors don’t run,” DeGraff said in comments televised live on “The Five” show.
“Eighty years ago this week, they tried to extinguish the darkness in a place called Pearl Harbor,” DeGraff continued. “We didn’t fold then and we won’t fold now because we’ve come this far by faith. In our tradition, we say ’this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. And the red, the white, the blue and the light of America, we’re going to let it shinee.”
“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert had this mocking reaction:
Others were equally puzzled by the comments: