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Jackson to Brewer: ‘Keep your finger in your pocket’

Jesse Jacksleft picture ArizonGov. Jan Brewer with President Barack Obamright picture.

Jesse Jackson, left picture, and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer with President Barack Obama in right picture.

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Updated: March 1, 2012 8:29AM

The Rev. Jesse Jackson on Saturday called on people to flood the phone lines and fill the e-mail inboxes of Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s office after she pointed a finger at President Barack Obama during a heated exchange on a tarmac outside a Phoenix airport this week.

Calling Brewer’s gesture “the ultimate insult,” Jackson told the crowd at the Rainbow PUSH headquarters, as well as to those “all around the country, you call the governor’s office next week.”

He gave out an 800-number to Brewer’s office, and urged those who call to say, “We don’t need her finger.”

Jackson also called on Brewer to apologize for her finger pointing at the president, and to “put her hand in her pocket.”

He also suggested that other actions directed at the state of Arizona such as boycotts, could be part of the action, saying that “until she apologizes and puts her hand in her pocket . . . we do not need Arizona . . . until they learn how to respect somebody.”

“Even George Wallace never put his finger in Dr. King’s face,” Jackson said. “She should not get away with that. She knew the cameras were rolling. She knew what she was doing.”

Recalling that incident and reflecting on the Republican presidential campaign, Jackson said, “We’ve seen the right wing show its ugly face.”

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.’ ”

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