WATCH: Rev. Jesse Jackson Reacts to Son's Prison Sentence
Rev. Jesse Jackson reacted Wednesday afternoon to news of his son, Former Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (Ill.), being sentenced to 30 months in prison for misusing $700K in campaign funds.
"This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for our family. I speak really today as a father. Most of my career has been spent out going … helping someone else on something I really understood socially or politically, but this one, of course, is home, and I've had to raise many questions to myself," he said in a statement to the press.
"[My son] was remorseful," Jackson said, adding, "...He is still recovering. Jesse's been very sick. This time a year ago, I thought we may have lost him. I think he's strong enough now to accept the challenges put before him by the judge."
Watch his statement above.