‘It takes us back to what I think, an American past that never in fact really existed—this notion of greatness…’
“Exactly when did you think America was great?” he asked in an interview with MSNBC.
After declaring he would not run for president in 2020, Obama’s former self-described wingman—the nation’s first top prosecutor to be held in contempt of Congress—has stayed in recent headlines with his bombastic and inflammatory statements.
Holder currently oversees the Left’s massive court-enforced gerrymandering efforts with the National Democratic Redistricting Committee. He also has recently advocated for eliminating the Electoral College and packing the Supreme Court with liberal activists.
Apart from being shameless power-grabs designed to quash the Left’s opposition, Holder offered a second motive for undermining those long-standing institutions: He hates all that America represents.
Holder said America’s past is not something to be proud of. “There is a lot of talk about America being a leader as a democracy in the 1800s when women and African–Americans couldn’t vote. What kind of democracy is that?” he asked.
Of course, his own legacy of race-baiting as attorney general included letting members of the Black Panther Party use intimidation at election precincts, forcing schools to stop disciplining students of color, and siding with violent rioters in a spate of race-related protests in major cities.
While many would contend that ‘making America great again’ was a direct response to those failures in leadership during the Obama era, Holder’s mind seemed to be stuck dwelling on the 19th century.
“I hear these things about ‘Let’s make America great again’ and I think to myself… It certainly wasn’t when people were enslaved,” he said. “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.”
He said Trump’s slogan was “inconsistent” with America’s past. “It takes us back to what I think, an American past that never in fact really existed—this notion of greatness.”
Notwithstanding his own preoccupation over slavery (which was outlawed by the Constitution after the Civil War) and women’s suffrage (constitutionally ratified in 1920), Holder called on Americans to renounce their history and instead to “look at the uncertain future, embrace it and make it our own.”
Holder’s comments questioning American greatness echoed several others on the Left, most recently New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
“We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great,” Cuomo said last August. “We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.”
Cuomo, who outraged many Americans earlier this year by lighting up the World Trade Center’s Freedom Tower in pink to celebrate partial-birth abortion, similarly pandered to identity politics in his speech, suggesting that women’s voices were being suppressed.
“We will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women—51 percent of our population—is gone,” he said, “and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed, and every woman is making her full contribution.”