Attorney General Holder dropped the race card on the table today, throwing down a clear suggestion that the mistreatment he thinks he’s getting from Republicans is based not on the content of his character – which actually, it is – but on the color of his skin.
From remarks today at Al Sharpton’s National Action Network convention in New York City:
I am pleased to note that the last five years have been defined by significant strides and lasting reforms, even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive adversity.
If you don’t believe that – forget about me – you look at the way the Attorney General of the United States was treated yesterday by a House Committee. It had nothing to do with me. Forget about that. What Attorney General has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment? What President has ever had to deal with that kind of treatment?
Holder is still pretty sore from Tuesday’s hearing, which contained some significant fireworks. These comments, which were not part of his prepared remarks, were apparently thrown in during the heat of the moment.
I think, given he was doing Al Sharpton’s gig – with Al knowingly nodding behind him – and the “strides and lasting reforms” he’s talking about were to benefit minorities, it’s safe to assume he is charging racism.
Now that’s really unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly, and divisive, isn’t it?
Well, maybe not exactly unprecedented.