The worst attorney general since A. Mitchell Palmer committed what’s known as a “Kinsleyan gaffe,” that moment when a public figure accidentally reveals what he really thinks. Today, in reference to the controversy over the dropping of charges against the New Black Panther Party for voter intimidation in Philadelphia in 2008, Holder uttered this jaw-dropper:
Attorney General Eric Holder finally got fed up Tuesday with claims that the Justice Department went easy in a voting rights case against members of the New Black Panther Party because they are African American.
Holder’s frustration over the criticism became evident during a House Appropriations subcommittee hearing as Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas) accused the Justice Department of failing to cooperate with a Civil Rights Commission investigation into the handling of the 2008 incident in which Black Panthers in intimidating outfits and wielding a club stood outside a polling place in Philadelphia.
The Attorney General seemed to take personal offense at a comment Culberson read in which former Democratic activist Bartle Bull called the incident the most serious act of voter intimidation he had witnessed in his career.
“Think about that,” Holder said. “When you compare what people endured in the South in the 60s to try to get the right to vote for African Americans, to compare what people subjected to that with what happened in Philadelphia, which was inappropriate….to describe it in those terms I think does a great disservice to people who put their lives on the line for my people,” said Holder, who is black.
Thanks, Eric! At least now we know for sure how you feel about the dispassionate application of the law, regardless of ethnicity.
Oh, and “my people,” Mr. Attorney General of the United States of America? I thought Americans of all ethnicities were “your people.” Imagine if a White AG had said that highlighted line to, oh, let’s say John Conyers? I can see the screaming headlines calling for his resignation now. But, in your case… ?
Worst. AG. Ever.
via The Tatler