AG Holder Pulls Race Card on Republican Critics

By:  Brian Koenig
12/22/2011
       
AG Holder Pulls Race Card on Republican Critics

As critics continue to rail against Operation Fast and Furious and other matters relating to the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder has resorted to playing the "race card." In a Sunday interview published in the New York Times, Holder accused his growing ensemble of critics of racist motivations, as they scrutinize his performance as head of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and his involvement in the controversial scandal of gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.

 

As critics continue to rail against Operation Fast and Furious and other matters relating to the Justice Department, Attorney General Eric Holder has resorted to playing the "race card." In a Sunday interview published in the New York Times, Holder accused his growing ensemble of critics of racist motivations, as they scrutinize his performance as head of the Department of Justice (DOJ) and his involvement in the controversial scandal of gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels.

Referring to a "more extreme segment" of his critics, Holder said his political adversaries are not judging his merits as Attorney General, but are instead driven to demonize him and President Obama because of their skin color. "This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him," he told the Times. "Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American."

Holder’s allegations of racism arrive as calls for his resignation have proliferated and now include 60 Congressmen, two Senators, two Governors, and every major GOP presidential candidate. Additionally, 75 Congressmen have signed a House resolution for a "no confidence" vote on his performance as Attorney General.

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