Former Attorney General Eric Holder made some incredibly incendiary comments on Wednesday about America never being great and Americans needing “racial training.”
During an interview on MSNBC, the former top Obama official disgustingly claimed that he doesn’t think America was ever great after being asked about President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.”
Holder said racial disparities and past treatment of the LGBT community is why doesn’t know if America is actually great.
“When I hear these things about let’s make America great again, I think to myself, ‘When exactly did you think America was great?’ It certainly wasn’t when people were enslaved. It certainly wasn’t when women didn’t have the right to vote. It certainly wasn’t when the LGBT community was denied the rights to which it was entitled.”
Holder claims Trump’s campaign slogan points to a “notion of greatness” that “never existed.”
Obama-era AG Eric Holder blasts America: «Exactly when did you think America was great?»
«It takes us back to what I think, an American past that never in fact really existed. This notion of greatness»
Later in the interview, Holder told host Ari Melber that Americans require “training” to help them understand the extent of the “racial baggage” and “bias” they have towards minorities.
Holder’s comments came in response to a conversation on whether former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort would have received a stricter prison sentence if he was African-American.
Below is a partial transcript of the exchange:
ARI MELBER: I’m thinking about the judges who assessed to Paul Manafort, and as you know, there are people who said, “oh one of the judges are good and the other wasn’t.” But, both judges assessed him as this sort of courtly grandfatherly figure. Judge Jackson said that he didn’t seem likely to re-offend, when Mr. Manafort had re-offended after his charges. And I thought, would any judge, again, I don’t want to single a judge out. But, would those judges be as likely to say that about a first time young black male offender?
ERIC HOLDER: You know, I don’t want to talk about the judges, those judges in particular, but I do worry that judges are like all other Americans, carry with them implicit biases and especially in the criminal justice sphere.
MELBER: How do you fix it?
HOLDER: Well, you certainly have to have training. You have to make people aware of the fact that they do carry these biases and make them understand, you know, that if you see an African-American defendant in front of you that’s probably triggers things in your mind unconsciously, subconsciously and you’re perhaps going to treat that person differently that somebody who shows up in a tie and you know that has a great lawyer they had paid for. You would maybe cut that person a break that you wouldn’t otherwise give to a Hispanic or African-American defendant. People have to be just aware of that and then that training has to continue. But, these are the kind of things that all of us as Americans have to deal with. We all carry this racial baggage. I think the younger generation to a lesser degree than people in my generation, but it is still there.