Attorney General Eric Holder— never one to allow the record of the Administration to which he belongs to speak for itself— doesn’t think that Americans are frustrated with him and President Obama because of failures and scandals. Rather, Holder argues, Americans ticked off at the Obama Administration and his Department of Justice are simply racists.
“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the President,” Holder said on ABC News. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some, there’s a racial animus.”
Despite the Nation being “a fundamentally better place than we were 50 years ago” Holder believes that Americans are still apt to become more frustrated at he and Obama because they are both the first black men to hold their respective positions.
“[T]hat has to show that we have made a great deal of progress,” he said. “But there’s still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals.”
The Attorney General also said that he would never walk back on remarks that the U.S. is a “Nation of cowards” with regard to racial relations. The inflammatory remarks were made during the first year of the Obama Administration.
“I wouldn’t walk away from that speech,” he said. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues.”
Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Joe diGenova slammed Holder during a Monday radio interview, saying that the AG’s remarks are beneath his office.
“Eric Holder has become unhinged. These comments are stupid, they’re silly, they’re churlish, they’re childish, they’re sophomoric. This is faculty lounge crap,” he said. “The President of the United States and the attorney general are both black. Is it not surprising to them that this happened in the United States of America? That the President, a black President, has been elected twice by the American people? That the attorney general has been around for two terms?
“This is not a racist country.”
diGenova also artfully pointed out the real reasons many Americans are fed up with the Obama Administration.
“What is going on here is because of the incompetence of this administration and particularly this President (and may I say, regrettably, the attorney general himself) they have politicized every aspect of government to the core,” he said.