Following his testy exchange with Representative Louie Gohmert (R-TX) regarding being held in contempt of Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder used the incident to suggest that race was behind the way he was treated in a speech to Al Sharpton’s National Action Network audience.
Holder also included President Obama as a target of unfair treatment.
Politico reported on Holder’s speech:
Attorney General Eric Holder strayed from prepared remarks to slam the way he was “treated” by a House committee the day before, calling it evidence of “ugly and divisive” civil rights challenges facing him and President Barack Obama.
“The last five years have been defined by significant strides and by lasting reforms even in the face, even in the face of unprecedented, unwarranted, ugly and divisive adversity,” Holder said. “If you don’t believe that, you look at the way — forget about me, forget about me. You look at the way the attorney general of the United States was treated yesterday by a House committee — has nothing to do with me, forget 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 was also rather flippant and arrogant during his exchange with Gohmert.
Breitbart.com reported on the exchange at the hearing:
After Holder dismissed Gohmert’s requests for documents relating to congressional investigations, Gohmert said, “I realize that contempt is not a big deal to our Attorney General, but it is important that we have proper oversight.”
“You don’t want to go there buddy!” Holder responded. “You don’t want to go there, OK?”
“You should not assume that uh that is not a big deal to me,” Holder continued. “I think it was inappropriate, I think it was unjust, but never think that it was not a big deal to me. Don’t ever think that.”
Gohmert insisted that Republicans were focused on getting to the bottom of the Fast and Furious gun running scandal.
“I don’t need lectures from you about contempt,” Gohmert fired back.
“And I don’t need lectures from you either,” Holder responded.
The criticism being waged against Holder and Obama has nothing to do with their race but everything to do with their embarrassing performance.
Holder’s arrogance and shameless exploitation of a sympathetic audience is far beneath the office that he holds and it reeks of pure desperation.