He was once the nation's chief law enforcement officer, responsible for ensuring the citizenry and its laws were protected.
But in a video released on Wednesday, we see who former Attorney General Eric Holder has become. The video shows Holder speaking a few days ago in support of a Democratic candidate in Georgia. Referencing former first lady Michelle Obama, Holder stated, "Michelle says when [conservatives] go low, we go high. No, no. When they go low, we kick them. That's what this new Democratic Party is about."
Wow. Coming from any Democrat (or Republican for that matter), these words would be intellectually pathetic and morally disgusting. But coming from Holder, who knows firsthand the risk of political violence in our society, this rhetoric is an utter disgrace.
Holder, who is all-but-officially running for president in 2020, must have known that he was risking some liberals taking his words literally and pursuing violent action against conservatives. But as a former attorney general, Holder lends moral legitimacy to that perception.
It is the height of irresponsibility.
Yes, some Democrats will say that Holder's words only reflect a reaction to President Trump's rhetoric against his political opponents. But what did those same Democrats have to say about Trump's rhetoric?
Moreover, although it's true that Trump often says unpleasant things and stirs the cauldron of anger in a way that is unnecessary, I have yet to hear the president call for mass violence or even mass rude behavior toward liberals. That's what Holder is explicitly saying here. He's saying that the Republican Party policies liberals most disagree with excuse some kind of violent reaction.
Holder doesn't care about that. All he cares about is rising up the totem poll of liberal partisan anger. With his eye on the Democratic presidential nomination, Holder knows that he needs to separate himself from other Democratic presidential aspirants who are building their anger-credentials with the liberal base. This is an especially sad and cynical way for a career white-shoe lawyer to do such a thing.