Don’t be shocked, but Attorney General Eric Holder is playing the race card again.
On the 7/13/14 edition of the ABC News program “This Week,” Holder said he and President Barack Obama are being criticized those who hold a “racial animus” toward them.
Holder stated: “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 the main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”
Admitting that his being the first black Attorney General for the first popularly-elected (and re-elected) black president helps show “[w]e’ve made lots of progress,” he nonetheless sought to qualify his judgment with the assertion that “there’s still more we have to travel along this road so we get to the place that is consistent with our founding ideals.”
Coming from an Attorney General who advised his state-level colleagues to consider not enforcing laws they disagree with, it’s rich to bring up our nation’s founding ideals.
Later, Holder also kept up his attack on commonsense polling place protections such as voter ID, saying those who want to protect against ghost voting that steals the law-abiding votes of others are really trying make it “more difficult” for blacks, Hispanics, the elderly, the poor and young people — people he called “groups that are not supportive of those in power” — from “hav[ing] access to the ballot.”
Members of the Project 21 black leadership network, people who are vocal proponents of voter ID protections and critics of the constant use of racial politics by the Obama Administration and its supporters to fend of all means of legitimate complaints about White House policies and practices, are speaking out about Holder’s inappropriate comments.
For example, Project 21 member Chelsi Henry, an attorney, said:
The Attorney General continues to insult African-Americans and increase the racial divide in America by saying that voter ID laws are infringing on minority rights.
It is simple — you should need an ID to vote regardless of your race, socioeconomic level, education, gender or religion. Everyone should need an ID to vote.
The Attorney General and President could be better leaders by helping ensure that all Americans, especially minorities, receive an ID. They should stop the outrageous cry of racism and politics when it is their actions that continue to cripple the advancement of African-Americans.
Project 21 Darryn “Dutch” Martin, a former member of the American diplomatic corps, added:
The animus shown toward Attorney General Holder and President Obama has nothing to do with racial animus and everything to do with their poor performance at their respective jobs.
Although he is correct about the progress our country has made over the years — given the state of our union under the Obama Administration, I would say that said progress has come to a screeching halt at the very least.
Stacy Washington, a Project 21 member and talk radio host, said:
Attorney General Holder’s specious comments alleging racial animus as the basis for the opposition to the policies advanced by himself and the President are a crystalline example of narcissism.
Holder simply cannot believe that he or President Obama are ever wrong about anything!
Instead of touting legal wins in his job as chief law enforcement officer of the United States, Holder deflects to playing the race card against Americans who simply want him and the President to do their jobs: execute the laws of this land faithfully within the constraints of the Constitution.
Project 21 member Christopher Arps, the founder of the Move-On-Up.org black conservative social networking web site, was less taken aback than his colleagues. He remarked:
This is an administration that is dropping in the polls, has literally a scandal a week and has never taken responsibility for anything in the six years they’ve been in office.
Desperate times requires desperate measures, so the Attorney General using the race card should really surprise no one.