President Barack Obama and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder are speaking out, pushing back, and mocking Republicans who are threatening to sue Obama and impeach Holder. It’s refreshing and inspiring to watch two of the most powerful black men in the nation working together as a political tag team to openly criticize misguided Republicans who are bent on suing Obama and blocking the President’s legislative agenda.
Obama and Holder have taken the high road for the past few years, largely ignoring Republican low-blows, snide remarks, disrespectful racial jokes, and downright lies. But today, it appears that Obama and Holder are fed up with the GOP’s relentless, irresponsible and racially-motivated browbeating and public ridicule.
“There’s a certain level of vehemence, it seems to me, that’s directed at me [and] directed at the President,” Holder told ABC last week. “You know, people talking about taking their country back. … There’s a certain racial component to this for some people. I don’t think this is the thing that is a main driver, but for some there’s a racial animus.”
Holder, who constantly faces calls of impeachment by Republicans, also stood by his controversial comments made during Obama’s first year in office, in which he said the U.S. was a “nation of cowards” when it comes to race.
“I wouldn’t walk away from that speech,” Holder said. “I think we are still a nation that is too afraid to confront racial issues,” rarely engaging “one another across the color line [to] talk about racial issues.” And as House Republicans prepare to sue the President this month for what they see as an excessive use of executive authority in the Affordable Care Act, Obama mocked the GOP leadership.