Former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. gave a scathing speech Saturday at the Human Rights Campaign dinner in Washington, calling President Trump an “occupant” of the White House whose administration is guilty of “rampant corruption,” “stunning incompetence” and “shameful intolerance.”
Mr. Holder, a Democrat who served under former President Barack Obama, said the Republican Party is “shamefully complicit” for not holding the Trump administration accountable for its purported misdeeds, joking that “perhaps they are just too busy figuring out how to make America great again,” referring to Mr. Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan.
“Every time I hear that phrase I wonder when exactly do they have in mind?” Mr. Holder said. “What time do they want to wind the clock back to? What century? What decade? What year? Certainly it was not when people were enslaved. Certainly, it was not when segregation was the law of the land. Certainly, it was not when women were disenfranchised. Certainly, it was not when the LGBT community was routinely stigmatized.
“This sort of thinking, this ‘Make America Great’ mindset is not only flawed, it’s rooted in fear,” he said. “And it favors an imagined past over a realistic future.”
Mr. Holder, who has said he is considering a run for president in 2020, also stressed the importance of Democrats voting in the midterm elections in order to “send a message to the present occupant of the White House,” Mr. Trump.
“I never call him the president,” the former attorney general said.
He finished his speech by promising the crowd that he is “willing to fight” for a country that is tolerant, fair and just, but, “I need all of you every step of the way.”